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Cyber Week in Review: March 17, 2017

by Adam Segal
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
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
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
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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Cyber Week in Review: February 24, 2017

by Adam Segal
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu salutes during a rehearsal for the Victory Day parade, marking the 71st anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, in Red Square in central Moscow, Russia, May 7, 2016. (Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters).

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

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New Cyber Brief: Maintaining U.S. Leadership on Internet Governance

by Adam Segal
A shopkeeper displays an unlocked Apple iPhone 3G at a mobile phone shop in northern Tehran on November 1, 2008. (Reuters/Morteza Nikoubazl)

The Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program has launched a new Cyber Brief. This one is authored by Megan Stifel, founder of Silicon Harbor Consultants and former director for international cyber policy at the National Security Council.

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What’s Next for ICANN in the Absence of U.S. Oversight? An Interview With Kal Raustiala

by Adam Segal
Steve Crocker, Chair of the ICANN Board, at ICANN's 53rd meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2015. (ICANN Photos)

The United States relinquished its stewardship role over the internet last year, to the celebration of some and the consternation of others. Kal Raustiala, author of “An Internet Whole and Free” in the latest edition of Foreign Affairs, answers my questions on the future of the multistakeholder model and the role of the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). 

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