Here is a quick round-up of this week’s technology headlines and related stories you may have missed:
1. Has anyone found the 400lb hacker yet? Cybersecurity got prime time attention this week when the U.S. presidential candidates were asked how they would "fight" cyberattacks during Monday’s debate. Hillary Clinton asserted that "cyber warfare will be one of the biggest challenges facing the next president," called out Russia for compromising the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) networks, and hinted that the United States needed to deter adversaries by demonstrating the country’s range of offensive capabilities. For his part, Donald Trump mostly agreed with the need for a stronger deterrent but questioned whether Russia was in fact responsible for the DNC incident--despite U.S. intelligence consensus on the matter--and went on to describe attribution challenges associated with "the cyber." Clinton’s answer, though not perfect, was arguably stronger than Trump’s, who was widely derided for providing a meandering answer that included references to a 400lb hacker and the fact that his ten year-old son was good with computers.
3. IANA transfer crisis averted? Many in the internet governance community rejoiced this week when Congress adopted short term appropriations legislation that did not include language prohibiting the U.S. Department of Commerce from transferring the IANA functions to the global mutlistakeholder internet community. Certain congressional Republicans, including former presidential candidate Ted Cruz, tried to insert language in the funding bill to prevent the transfer but were ultimately unsuccessful following weeks of intense lobbying. The celebration may not last long however, as attorneys general in Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma and Nevada filed suit against the federal government to block the transfer. Kieren McCarthy at the Register examines the lawsuit’s validity and likelihood of success.