This symposium, held January 7, 2020, addressed the potential consequences of great power competition in cyberspace and examined the current state of Russian, Chinese, Iranian, and North Korean cyber operations, as well as how the United States is responding. The keynote session was led by Angus King and Mike Gallagher of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission.
Botnets—groups of computers infected with malicious software often used for crime—cost the economy billions of dollars each year. Technology makers, ISPs, cybersecurity companies, and law enforcement need to work together across the globe to fight botnets.
China is once again conducting cyber-enabled theft of U.S. intellectual property to advance its technological capabilities. To combat the problem, the United States should build a multinational coalition, sanction Chinese companies, and strengthen cyber defenses.
The president's push to "build the wall" fails to grasp the role of modern technology in policing U.S. borders.
Deep fakes are a profoundly serious problem for democratic governments and the world order. A combination of technology, education, and public policy can reduce their effectiveness.
Program DirectorAdam Segal
Ira A. Lipman Chair in Emerging Technologies and National Security and Director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program
Report finds election officials vulnerable to phishing emails; Trump administration asks FCC to narrow Section 230 protections for social media sites; Chinese hackers infiltrate Vatican networks prior to high-level talks; House lawmakers grill tech leaders during antitrust hearing; and Hackers target Eastern Europe in anti-NATO disinformation campaign.
Congressional Democrats demand FBI briefing on foreign disinformation campaign targeting 2020 election; DOJ charges Chinese hackers with targeting coronavirus vaccine research; Major Twitter breach likely the work of “SIM swapping” hackers; House of Representative votes to ban TikTok on federal devices; and France effectively bans Huawei 5G equipment by 2028.
The chief executives of some of the world’s most dominant technology companies will appear before the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee on July 27. Congress should press them to operate in ways that adhere to principles of neutrality and non-discrimination that have served the interests of consumers and citizens around the world.
Academic progress in cybersecurity studies from a social sciences perspective has been slow. In order to develop as a field, it needs a methodological framework, more developed theories, and collaboration that transcends disciplinary boundaries.
United Kingdom bans Huawei from 5G networks; Germany calls for first-ever use of EU cyber sanctions against Russian hackers; EU court sides with Apple on tax dispute; The United States, UK, and Canada accuse Russian cyber actors of trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine research; European Court of Justice strikes down EU-U.S. Data Privacy Shield; and Twitter falls victim to bitcoin scam targeting famous accounts.
Amid pressure by the United States, the coronavirus pandemic, and China's crackdown on Hong Kong, the United Kingdom has banned Huawei equipment from its 5G networks.
As the U.S. presidential election approaches, U.S. Cyber Command will have to consider tougher measures to impose costs that change Russia's behavior in cyberspace.
TikTok leaves Hong Kong as U.S. tech companies announce moratoriums on requests for user data; France says it will not ban Huawei but will encourage 5G telecoms to avoid it; Internal audit finds Facebook policies were “significant setbacks for civil rights;” and Deutsche Telekom faces political pressure from German lawmakers over Huawei relationship.
International cooperation on cyber norms should acknowledge that geopolitical conflicts and national interests are here to stay. Only by providing these with a constructive and creative space for agonistic pluralism can states truly prevail over polarization and fragmentation.