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Paying Ransom on Ransomware Should be Illegal

by Robert Knake Monday, February 29, 2016
Kim Dotcom CFR Cyber Net Politics Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has an extravagant lifestyle. (Nigel Marple/Reuters).

Two weeks ago, a California hospital paid $17,000 to cyber criminals who had broken into its computer network and taken its data hostage. The attackers used ransomware, a type of malicious software, to encrypt the files at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, and would only provide the decryption key upon payment in bitcoin of the ransom.

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The Real Reason to Like the President’s Cybersecurity Plan

by Guest Blogger Thursday, February 25, 2016
Cyber Net Politics CFR A copy of the budget sits in front of Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan as he attends a meeting held by U.S. President Barack Obama. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters).

Nathaniel Gleicher is head of cybersecurity strategy at Illumio, and was formerly director for cybersecurity policy on the staff of the National Security Council.

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The Real Lesson of the Apple-FBI Showdown: Cybersecurity Isn’t Hopeless

by Robert Knake Thursday, February 18, 2016
Apple CFR Net Politics FBI A man walks past a backlit Apple logo during an Apple media event in San Francisco, California, September 9, 2015. (Beck Diefenbach/Reuters).

It may be hard to imagine but there are probably moments when Apple CEO Tim Cook and FBI Director Jim Comey probably have the same fervent wish: Would someone–anyone–please figure out how to hack into Syed Rizwan Farook’s darn iPhone.

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Reactions to the Apple-FBI Clash in the San Bernardino Case

by Adam Segal Thursday, February 18, 2016
Apple CFR Cyber Net Politics Back Doors Encryption An Apple logo is seen at the Apple store in Munich, Germany, January 27, 2016. (Michaela Rehle/Reuters).

Much has been written in the past forty-eight hours on Apple’s refusal to comply with a federal order to assist the FBI access the encrypted contents on a iPhone 5C owned by Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the deceased perpetrators of the San Bernardino terrorist attack.

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India Takes a Step Toward Net Neutrality, Ignores the Millions of Unconnected

by Guest Blogger Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Free Basics, Facebook, CFR, Net Politics, Cyber Motorists ride past a billboard displaying Facebook's Free Basics initiative in Mumbai, India, December 30, 2015. (Danish Siddiqui/Reuters).

Helani Galpaya is CEO of LIRNEasia, a pro-poor, pro-market think tank working on ICT and infrastructure regulatory and policy issues in the Asia Pacific. You can follow her @helanigalpaya.

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Cyber Week in Review: February 12, 2016

by Adam Segal Friday, February 12, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting with members of his national security team and cybersecurity advisors on new actions to enhance the nation’s cybersecurity at the White House, February 9, 2016. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting with members of his national security team and cybersecurity advisors on new actions to enhance the nation’s cybersecurity at the White House, February 9, 2016. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Here is a quick round-up of this week’s technology headlines and related stories you may have missed: Read more »