Cybersecurity

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As our lives become increasingly dependent upon computer systems and cyber technologies grow ever more sophisticated, the internet has emerged as the new battleground of the 21st century. From criminals' stealing credit card and social security number information to foreign governments' hacking into American companies’ information systems, cyber attacks can take on myriad forms, prompting the government to formulate new measures to protect online security. Since cyberwarfare knows no territorial bounds, ensuring cybersecurity will also require international cooperation and an updated understanding of jus ad bellum, as it applies to cyber attacks.

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Cybersecurity

Australia’s New Social Media Law Is a Mess

When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote on March 30 that the internet could use more regulation of “harmful content,” maybe he should have been more specific. Less than a week after Zuckerberg’s statement, Australia’s Parliament passed the Criminal Code Amendment (Sharing of Abhorrent Violent Material) Act 2019, with no public or expert consultation.

Cybersecurity

5G Networks Must Be Secure and Reliable

5G promises to revolutionize how people use technology. From transportation to health care to entertainment, the way people interact with wireless internet devices will change substantially. And as 5G enables data to be transmitted much more quickly, the number of devices connected to the internet will likely explode, producing massive economic benefits for those who can quickly take full advantage of the new technology.

Cybersecurity

What Mondelez v. Zurich May Reveal About Cyber Insurance in the Age of Digital Conflict

Last month, Ariel Levite and Wyatt Hoffman called for urgent government action to support a robust cyber insurance market in a post on Lawfare. Their argument cited ongoing litigation in Mondelez International, Inc. v. Zurich American Insurance Co., in which Mondelez is asking an Illinois state court to determine whether a claim for losses Mondelez suffered during the 2017 NotPetya attack is precluded by a “hostile or warlike action” exception in its Zurich cyber insurance policy.

Huawei

Keeping Huawei Hardware Out of the U.S. Is Not Enough to Secure 5G

The Trump administration’s effort to protect the security of fifth-generation, or 5G, wireless networks by limiting the deployment of Chinese technology both domestically and globally melds trade policy with cybersecurity policy. On both counts, it should not be considered sufficient.

Election Security

Livestream: House Homeland Security Committee Hearing on Election Security

The House Committee on Homeland Security will hold a hearing on election security on Wednesday, February 13th at 10:00am. The panel will hear testimony from Christopher C. Krebs, Director, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Thomas Hicks, Commissioner, U.S. Election Assistance Commission; Alex Padilla, Secretary of State, California; Noah Praetz, Former Director of Elections, Cook County, Illinois; Jake Braun, Executive Director, Cyber Policy Initiative; and John Merrill, Secretary of State, Alabama.

Cybersecurity

Jeff Bezos Accuses the National Enquirer of Sextortion

Benjamin Wittes and I, along with other Lawfare writers, have published over the years on the phenomenon of “sextortion”—sexual violence that takes place over the internet, usually when the perpetrator obtains explicit images of a victim and uses that material to obtain money or further sexual images. Most sextortion cases we’ve covered have involved victims who were relatively unknown. There are a few exceptions—a former Miss Teen USA, for example.

Cybersecurity

A Moment of Truth for Cyber Insurance

For many businesses, cyber risk was once either an amorphous threat or an occasional nuisance. But with reliance on all things digital skyrocketing, cyber threats now pose grave, even existential, dangers to corporations as well as the entire digital economy. In response, companies have begun to develop a cyber insurance market, offering corporations a mechanism to manage their exposure to these risks. Yet the prospects for this market now seem uncertain in light of a major court battle.

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