Triple Entente
Triple Entente

The Second Annual Triple Entente Beer Summit again filled the Washington Firehouse loft with an audience at least as knowledgeable as the panel, which consisted of Ben Wittes, Shane Harris, Stewart Baker, Tamara Cofman Wittes, and Alan Cohn.  The Triple Entente Beer Summit brings together members of the LawfareRational Security, and the Steptoe Cyberlaw podcasts.
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Are Russian hacker-spies a bunch of lethargic government drones more interested in smash-and-grabs than stealth?  That’s one of the questions we pose to Mikko Hypponen in episode 86 (right after we ask about how to pronounce his name; turns out, that’s harder than you think).  Mikko is the Chief Research Officer at F-Secure and a long-time expert in computer security who has spoken and consulted around the world for over 20 years.  His company recently published a lengthy paper on Russian government cyberspies, which F-Secure calls “the Dukes.”  Mikko describes the Dukes’ targets and tactics, including a remarkably indiscriminate attack on a Tor exit node.  I press him on whether attribution is really getting better, and on whether F-Secure’s paper eases or heightens concerns about Kaspersky’s ties to Russian intelligence.
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Episode 81 features China in the Bull Shop, as the White House prepares for President Xi’s visit and what could be ugly talks on cyber issues.  Our guest commentator, Margie Gilbert, is a network security professional with service at NSA, CIA, ODNI, Congress, and the NSC.  Now at Team Cymru, she’s able to offer a career’s worth of perspective on how three Presidents have tried to remedy the country’s unpreparedness for network intrusions.

In the news roundup, there’s a high likelihood that President Obama will be accusing and Xi will be denying China’s role in cyberespionage.  You might say it’s a “he said, Xi said” issue.  Alan Cohn and I debate whether the US should settle for a “no first use” assurance to protect critical infrastructure in peacetime.  
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Still trying to dig out from under our hiatus backlog, we devote episode 80 to our regulars.  We’ll bring back a guest next week.  This week it’s a double dose of Jason Weinstein, Michael Vatis, Stewart Baker, and Congress-watcher Doug Kantor.

Michael offers an analysis of the Second Circuit’s oral argument