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The Top Five Cyber Policy Developments of 2014: A Year of Corporate Cyberattacks

by Guest Blogger Tuesday, December 30, 2014
People pose in front of a display showing the word 'cyber' in binary code, in this picture illustration taken in Zenica on December 27, 2014. (Dado Ruvic/Courtesy Reuters) People pose in front of a display showing the word 'cyber' in binary code, in this picture illustration taken in Zenica on December 27, 2014. (Dado Ruvic/Courtesy Reuters)

Over the next few days, Net Politics will countdown the top five developments in cyber policy of 2014. Each policy event will have its own post, explaining what happened, what it all means, and its impact on cyber policy in 2015. In this post, corporate cyberattacks.

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The Top Five Cyber Policy Developments of 2014: China’s Great Leap Forward

by Adam Segal Monday, December 29, 2014
Xi China Cyberspace Administration CFR Net Politics Cyber Chinese President Xi Jinping, seen here in Russia in 2013, created the leading small group on network security and informatization to consolidate cyber policy making in China. (Sergei Karpukhin/Courtesy Reuters).

Over the next few days, Net Politics will countdown the top five developments in cyber policy of 2014. Each policy event will have its own post, explaining what happened, what it all means, and its impact on cyber policy in 2015. In this post, China’s great leap forward in cyber policy making. 

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Motohiro Tsuchiya: Japan is Ready for an International Alliance Against Cyber Threats

by Guest Blogger Tuesday, December 23, 2014
CFR Net Politics Cyber Japan United States North Korea U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a joint news conference at the Akasaka Palace in Tokyo, April 24, 2014. (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters).

This is a guest post by Motohiro Tsuchiya, a professor at Keio University, and a visiting scholar at the East-West Center.

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Will China Pressure North Korea on the Sony Hack?

by Adam Segal Monday, December 22, 2014
North Korea CFR Cyber Net Politics North Korean soldiers guard the banks of the Yalu River near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong, April 3, 2010. (Jacky Chen/Courtesy Reuters).

The United States has reportedly asked the Chinese government for help with North Korea and cyberattacks. Most of North Korea’s Internet traffic passes through China, and the New York Times quotes one administration official as saying,“What we are looking for is a blocking action, something that would cripple their efforts to carry out attacks.”

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With North Korea, Attribution May Be The Easy Part

by Adam Segal Thursday, December 18, 2014
Interview DPRK North Korea CFR Net Politics Cyber A security guard stands at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los Angeles, California, December 11, 2014. (Kevork Djansezian/Courtesy Reuters).

After weeks of speculation about who was responsible for the hacking of Sony, U.S officials are telling the press that North Korea was “centrally involved.”

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Coming Soon: Another Country to Ratify the Budapest Convention

by Alex Grigsby Thursday, December 11, 2014
Budapest COE Cyber CFR The Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime (Budapest Convention) at the Octopus Conference in Strasbourg, France in 2012. (Courtesy Council of Europe).

Alex Grigsby is the assistant director for the Digital and Cyberspace Policy program at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Earlier this week, Canada’s parliament passed legislation that would allow it to finally ratify the Council of Europe’s Convention on Cybercrime, more commonly as the Budapest Convention. The Budapest Convention is the only legal instrument specifically designed to facilitate international cooperation to fight cyber crime. Read more »