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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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The Trump Administration Plays Right into Russia’s Information Warfare Strategy

by David Fidler
Painted Matryoshka dolls, or Russian nesting dolls, bearing the faces of U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are displayed for sale at a souvenir shop in central Moscow, Russia November 7, 2016. (Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters).

In discussing what President Trump might do in cybersecurity, an acquaintance sent me a hyperlink to a story supporting his perspective. The link contained an article from RT, formerly known as Russia Today–a tool of the Russian government. The link appeared during our robust sharing of ideas, not as a warning about Russian propaganda. But, there, in my email inbox was a manifestation of Russian information warfare.

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“You’re Fired!” Will Not Fix Federal Cybersecurity

by Robert Knake
Donald Trump, former host of the NBC television reality series "The Apprentice", says his catch line from the show as he arrives at a casting call for the sixth season of the show at Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles March 10, 2006. (Fred Prouser/Reuters).

Earl Crane, former director for federal cybersecurity at the National Security Council and founder of Emergent Network Defense, co-authored this piece. 

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The Cybersecurity Dilemma: Where Thucydides Meets Cyberspace

by Guest Blogger
Thucydides, the grandfather of the security dilemma. (Flickr user Chris JL)

Ben Buchanan is a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Cybersecurity Project. His first book, The Cybersecurity Dilemma, was published by Oxford University Press in 2017. You can follow him @BuchananBen.

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New Report: Rebuilding Trust Between Silicon Valley and Washington

by Adam Segal
A man takes a picture of the U.S. Capitol in 2013. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

It would be an understatement to say that the United States faces cybersecurity risks that threaten its economic, political and strategic interests. Despite the Obama administration’s best efforts (and there were many), the United States still faces considerable cyber policy challenges. Data localization policies test the business models of U.S. tech companies and limit the free flow of data necessary to the growth of digital trade. State-sponsored actors continue to target U.S. companies to pilfer proprietary data or trade secrets and the U.S. government for intelligence purposes. The issue of encryption continues to divide the U.S. tech community and law enforcement, a debate that has ripple effects worldwide.

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The Continued Importance of the U.S.-China Cyber Dialogue

by Adam Segal
Participants run past the Tiananmen gate, with a portrait of China's late leader Mao Zedong hanging on it, during the Beijing International Marathon in Beijing, China, September 20, 2015. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

During the second week of January, I was in Beijing for the tenth round of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and China Institute of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR) Cybersecurity Dialogue. Government officials, think tank analysts, and academics participate in the meeting, and previous discussions have covered issues such as norms, state responsibilities in cyberspace, and crisis escalation and communication. The meetings have also included scenarios (which have in the past been inaccurately reported as “war games“) that allow the two sides to talk through how they might respond to certain types of cyberattacks and what they would expect from other nation-states in terms of cooperation and communication.

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