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Cyber Week in Review: June 5, 2020

U.S. semiconductor industry to lobby for billions in federal funding; the Cyberspace Solarium Commission adds COVID-19 annex to cyber recommendations; Social media platforms see increase in misinformation and disinformation during George Floyd protests; Chinese and Iranian hackers targeting campaign staffers’ personal emails; and Facebook to label state media outlets. Read More

Cyber Week in Review: May 8, 2020
New UK and French tracing apps conflict with guidelines set by Apple and Google; France to use cameras to monitor mask and social distancing compliance; Facebook announces members of oversight board; Germany issues warrant for arrest of alleged Russian hacker over Bundestag attack; and Major European hospital operator infected with ransomware.
New Entries in the CFR Cyber Operations Tracker: Q1 2020
An update of the Council on Foreign Relations' Cyber Operations Tracker for the period between January and March 2020.
Diplomacy and International Institutions
Amid COVID-Related Cyber Threats, the Netherlands Leads UN Efforts
In light of growing concern about malicious cyber disruption during the COVID-19 outbreak, the United Nations’ Open-Ended Working Group should play a leading role in further developing a global framework to ensure responsible behavior in cyberspace.
  • Robots and Artificial Intelligence
    Cyber Week in Review: May 1, 2020
    Commerce department tightens restrictions on technology exports; Australia debuts coronavirus tracing app; Amazon bought thermal cameras from blacklisted Chinese firm; U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rejects AI inventor; and Report reveals Vietnamese hackers’ targeting of Google Play store.
  • U.S. Department of Defense
    The Department of Defense Should Not Wage Cyber War Against Criminal Hackers During the Coronavirus Crisis
    Some have called for the Department of Defense to "defend forward" against cybercrime that exploits the coronavirus pandemic. However, doing so would strain the department's already limited resources and put democratic values at risk. 
  • Elections and Voting
    Weighing the Risks of Remote Voting Technology
    As the United States attempts to ensure that its citizens can safely vote during the COVID-19 pandemic, some have suggested that it should embrace remote voting technologies. However, these systems present formidable security risks that endanger democratic elections.
  • Cybersecurity
    Cyber Week in Review: April 24, 2020
    Experts criticize German-led digital contact tracing initiative; Supreme Court will hear case on Computer Fraud and Abuse Act; Facebook bans some events that violate social distancing rules; Microsoft calls for open data to prevent centralization of digital power; and Senators ask Cyber Command and CISA to deter coronavirus-related hacks.
  • Cybersecurity
    U.S. Cyber Command’s Malware Inoculation: Linking Offense and Defense in Cyberspace
    "Defend forward" is frequently misunderstood to be purely offensive in nature. However, U.S. Cyber Command's malware inoculation initiative illustrates how the strategy also serves defensive objectives.
  • Cybersecurity
    Questioning China’s Politicization of Cyber Intelligence During Pandemic
    Recently, Chinese cybersecurity companies have reported an intrusion campaign targeting government networks and health-care systems during the COVID-19 pandemic. A campaign of this magnitude threatens to degrade international norms for the protection of health systems that are already under unprecedented pressures. However, there is reason to question the narrative from Beijing and these companies.
  • Cybersecurity
    Cyber Week in Review: April 17, 2020
    Phone towers in the Netherlands and UK attacked; The UK plans to launch coronavirus tracking app; Indian state insists infected individuals take hourly selfies; Department of Defense fails to implement its own cybersecurity guidelines, report says; and Facebook will alert users who interact with coronavirus misinformation.