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Cyber Week in Review: March 17, 2017

by Adam Segal Friday, March 17, 2017
Department of Justice staffer installs a poster of a suspected Russian hacker before FBI National Security Division and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California joint news conference on March 15, 2017. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters).

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Here is a quick round-up of this week’s technology headlines and related stories you may have missed while you were in a pub:

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Hacking Charges Against Russian FSB Officers: A Quick Reaction

by Adam Segal Wednesday, March 15, 2017
A poster of suspected Russian hacker is seen before FBI National Security Division and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California joint news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, U.S., March 15, 2017. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters).

This post was co-written with Alex Grigsby, assistant director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy program.

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Wikileaks and the CIA: What’s in Vault7?

by Adam Segal Wednesday, March 8, 2017
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) logo. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters).

On Tuesday, Wikileaks released a huge cache of documents it said were descriptions of CIA cyber tools used to break into smartphones, computers and internet-connected TVs. Wikileaks says the documents came from an inside source–speculation is it is either a CIA operator or contractor–and claimed the release was meant to spur a debate over “whether the CIA’s hacking capabilities exceed its mandated powers” and “the security, creation, use, proliferation and democratic control of cyberweapons.” In any case, it is damaging to the CIA and another in a growing list of embarrassing instances of the U.S. intelligence agencies losing control of their digital weapons (see, for example, Edward Snowden; Shadow Brokers; Harold Thomas Martin III).

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Cyber Week in Review: March 3, 2017

by Adam Segal Friday, March 3, 2017
Activists protest with a banner showing the picture of Edward Snowden in front of the Reichstag building, the seat of the lower house of parliament Bundestag, against a planned law reform to Federal Intelligence Service in Berlin, Germany September 26, 2016. The banner reads "Learning from Snowden instead of the NSA." (Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters).

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

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Dangers Multiply for Human Rights in Cyberspace as RightsCon Approaches

by David Fidler Thursday, March 2, 2017
Protesters walk past a mock gravestone that reads "RIP Freedom of Speech" during a protest against new licensing regulations imposed by the government for online news sites, at Hong Lim Park in Singapore June 8, 2013. (Edgar Su/Reuters)

RightsCon takes place later this month in Brussels. Since its inception in 2011, RightsCon has been one of the primary gatherings where human rights activists, politicians, technologists, scholars, and businesses discuss issues at the intersection between human rights promotion and the internet. Unlike previous iterations, the stakes for this year’s event are undeniably higher given the current disruptive political environment that threatens human rights in real space and cyberspace.

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