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Protestors in Iran light a fire during a demonstration following the death of Mahsa Amini in the custody of Iran's morality police. Reuters

Cyber Week in Review: September 23, 2022

Iran restricts internet access; Uber breached by Lapsu$; U.S. begins distributing $1 billion in cybersecurity grants; Chinese authorities launch corruption investigation; CAC may be amended. Read More

Cyber Conflict and the Erosion of Trust
Cyberattacks have been characterized as major tools in modern warfighting, but have often failed to have major physical effects. Instead, cyberattacks have played major roles in degrading trust in societal institutions. 
Countering the Future Growth of Ransomware
Ransomware has grown into a major threat to organizations globally. The United States and its partners should work through international institutions to prevent ransomware gangs from expanding into other countries.
Cyber Week in Review: September 16, 2022
Newsom signs social media bill; U.S. sanctions Iranian officials; CISA launches ransomware task force; NSA releases new quantum computing standards; Twitter whistleblower testifies.
  • Cybersecurity
    Cyber Week in Review: September 9, 2022
    Albania cuts ties with Iran; China accuses NSA of hack; Ireland fines Meta $400 million; Law enforcement surveillance tool exposed; Conti attacks Ukraine.
  • Cybersecurity
    The Rocky Road to Cyber Norms at the United Nations
    The UN cybersecurity working group has faced several challenges throughout its existence. In order to achieve meaningful progress on cyber norms, members must navigate major political crises and discontent.
  • Cybersecurity
    Cyber Week in Review: September 1, 2022
    TikTok may contain keylogger; FTC sues data broker; SMIC creates 7-nm microchip; Montenegro hit by major ransomware attack; U.S. halts GPU exports to China.
  • Cybersecurity
    Cyber Week in Review: August 26, 2022
    Pro-Western social media influence campaign found; UK water provider hit with ransom; Lloyd's excludes catastrophic attacks from insurance; Twitter security chief turns whistleblower; Baidu unveils quantum computer.
  • Technology and Innovation
    Artificial Intelligence and Democratic Values: Next Steps for the United States
    China and the European Union have both moved to create comprehensive artificial intelligence policy. U.S. policymakers should move forward the AI Bill of Rights to keep pace.
  • Cybersecurity
    What Are the Implications of the Cyber Dimension of the China-Taiwan Crisis?
    China's actions in cyberspace after Speaker Pelosi's visit to Taiwan have been relatively muted. However, there are a number of ways China could use cyberspace in the run up to a conflict in Taiwan.
  • Cybersecurity
    Cyber Week in Review: August 12, 2022
    U.S. sanctions Tornado Cash; Samsung invests $3.3 billion in Vietnam; Biden signs CHIPS and Science Act; Greek Prime Minister rocked by spying scandal; China investigates microchip fund.