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Rodrigo Chaves is sworn in as the new President of Costa Rica on May 8, 2022. Reuters/Mayela Lopez

Cyber Week in Review: May 13, 2022

Costa Rica declares emergency after ransomware attack; U.S. sanctions cryptocurrency mixer; U.K. sanctions Russian chip makers; China aims to remove U.S. computers from government; Clearview AI stops sales to private sectors. Read More

Cyber Week in Review: May 6, 2022
Spyware found on Spanish PM's phone; U.S. says China is amplifying Russian disinformation; FBI searches of American's data have doubled; U.S. may sanction Hikvision; Cyber Command completed nine hunt forward operations in 2022.
Cyber Week in Review: April 29, 2022
Musk buys Twitter; EU nears passage of Digital Services Act; Chinese chipmaker may have breached U.S. export controls; North Korea hacks journalists; Biden calls for new internet rules.
The Perils and Promise of America’s Older Cyber Regulatory Regime
Outdated digital policy in the United States has long been cited as a point of failure. Hacking laws need updating, but broad protections and better implementation of the law can improve U.S. cybersecurity policy.
  • Cybersecurity
    Cyber Week in Review: April 22, 2022
    Pegasus spyware detected in PM Boris Johnson's office; Spyware targets Catalan separatists; NATO to conduct Locked Shields exercise; Lazarus Group steals $600 million in cryptocurrency; REvil returns.
  • Technology and Innovation
    Facebook’s Content Moderation Failures in Ethiopia
    Facebook has failed to moderate content in underserved countries. Facebook and other social media companies must invest more in local content moderation, instead of relying on global AI systems.
  • Cybersecurity
    The Opportunities and Challenges of Military Cyber Exercises
    Cyber exercises have become an increasingly prominent tool in training and demonstrating capability. They offer both benefits and challenges to military planners.
  • Cybersecurity
    Tracking Cyber Operations and Actors in the Russia-Ukraine War
    The Russian invasion of Ukraine has been characterized by a relative lack of major cyber operations. This article provides an accounting of those which have taken place.
  • Cybersecurity
    New Entries in the CFR Cyber Operations Tracker: Q1 2021
    An update of the Council on Foreign Relations' Cyber Operations Tracker for the period between January and March 2021. 
  • Technology and Innovation
    The Promise of Digital Activism—and its Dangers
    Social media can be a powerful tool for digital activists—and for the governments trying to silence them.  
  • Cybersecurity
    Cyber Proxies in the Ukraine Conflict: Implications for International Norms
    Ukraine has openly leveraged proxies to launch cyberattacks against Russia and Belarus. The situation presents a potential roadblock for U.S. efforts to set norms in cyberspace.