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Monthly Archives: May 2013

Location, Location, Location

Posted in Privacy Regulation, Security Programs & Policies

The Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance (GPS) Act is one of several pieces of legislation that would require law enforcement to obtain a warrant based on probable cause whenever it seeks location information.  The term “location information” is very broadly defined, and the proposed law would make no distinctions based on the level of precision or… Continue Reading

Overreacting to the AP Subpoenas

Posted in Privacy Regulation, Security Programs & Policies

Wired recently reported that four members of Congress have introduced the Telephone Records Protection Act, which would require federal law enforcement to obtain a court order before obtaining telephone toll records – whether from reporters or anyone else – in an investigation. However well-intentioned, this bill is an extreme overreaction to the frenzy over DOJ… Continue Reading

Support for Retribution and Active Defense Increases

Posted in China, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, International, Security Programs & Policies

Chinese hacking continues to build anger in American business and government circles. As a result, private companies may be encouraged to do more than passively defend their networks as evidenced by the recent report of a commission headed by two Obama appointees, former US Ambassador to China (and minor GOP Presidential candidate) Jon Huntsman and… Continue Reading

Lessons From the New York ATM Heist

Posted in Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, Data Breach, International, Security Programs & Policies

The announcement yesterday of charges in New York against eight members of a cybercrime ring that stole $40 million from ATMs in 24 countries, all within 10 hours, is the latest in a series of episodes that illustrate the constant threat of cyber attacks against our corporate networks. This case should be a wake-up call… Continue Reading