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Convicted Russian agent Maria Butina leans on the shoulder of her father, Valery Butin, at Sheremetyevo International Airport after Butina's release from U.S. custody Tatyana Makeyeva/Reuters

Justice Department’s Russia Indictment Reminds to Look Beyond Online Influence

Russian interference in U.S. elections through cyberspace has been a major source of concern for U.S. officials, but they should also ensure the United States is prepared for non-digital influence operations. Read More

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: August 4, 2022
Pelosi visits Taiwan; Facebook allows spread of misinformation in Kenya; Probe into police use of Pegasus ends; Hackers steal $190 million in cryptocurrency; U.S. and Ukraine announces greater cybersecurity cooperation.
Cybersecurity
New Entries in the CFR Cyber Operations Tracker: Q2 2022
An update of the Council on Foreign Relations' Cyber Operations Tracker for the period between March and June 2022. 
Technology and Innovation
Cyber Week in Review: July 29, 2022
New cybersecurity requirements for pipelines; U.S. and Saudi Arabia sign new agreement; CAC fines Didi $1.2 billion; FBI investigation into Huawei publicized; CHIPS Act passed by Senate.
  • Technology and Innovation
    Why States Need an AI Education Agenda–Now!
    The United States needs to invest more in AI education. States should make AI education a priority, expand general AI education in elementary school, and request federal resources to supplement their educational offerings.
  • Cybersecurity
    Cyber Week in Review: July 22, 2022
    Tech companies accused of allowing Russian propaganda; Alibaba executives called in for questioning; DHS accused of misusing location data; House passes NDAA; China accused of hacking Belgian Ministry of Defense.
  • Cybersecurity
    Financial Incentives May Explain the Perceived Lack of Ransomware in Russia’s Latest Assault on Ukraine
    Ransomware has been notably absent the barrage of cyberattacks faced by Ukraine since the Russian invasion in February. Financial concerns are likely the reason ransomware groups have stayed out of the conflict.
  • Cybersecurity
    The Internet is Fragmented. What Should the United States Do Now?
    The United States should take action in response to the fracturing internet. It should seek to create a new cyber coalition, promote and expand digital trade agreements, and support cyber development in emerging economies.
  • Cybersecurity
    Cyber Week in Review: July 14, 2022
    Uber systematically broke laws during expansion; Myanmar deploys new surveillance systems; L3Harris drops bid for NSO Group; FTC pushes for privacy after Roe vs. Wade overturned; Twitter sues Elon Musk.
  • Cybersecurity
    How Should U.S. Cybersecurity Policy Develop?
    The United States needs to improve its cybersecurity policy by preventing states from harboring cybercriminals, declaring norms against targeting financial and election systems, and expanding its use of defend forward operations.
  • Cybersecurity
    America led the internet's creation 30 years ago. Today our foreign policy must confront what it has become
    Our leaders must recognize the internet threats posed by cybercrime, repressive governments and malicious actors and work to keep us safe.