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Would the United States Be Responsible for Private Hacking?


Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA) and Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) introduced the Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act (H.R. 4036) in the House of Representatives on Oct. 13. The bill would amend the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA)—the main federal statute that governs computer hacking—effectively to allow victims of certain cyber intrusions to take defensive measures that would otherwise violate the CFAA’s prohibitions on unauthorized access to computers.…   continue »

International Cyber Law Politicized: The UN GGE’s Failure to Advance Cyber Norms

On June 23, after years of slow yet meaningful progress in developing State consensus regarding the application of international law norms to cyberspace, the UN Group of Governmental Experts on Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security (otherwise known as the Group of Governmental Experts, or GGE) collapsed.…   continue »

The Trump Administration’s Early (Appropriate) Focus on Botnets

President Donald Trump’s Executive Order on Cybersecurity, concentrating as it does on things largely within the authority of the executive branch, is a reasonable early approach to a very complicated public policy challenge. Its three components focus on preparatory steps to harmonize and modernize the federal government’s information technology (IT), better protect critical infrastructure, and improve the U.S.…   continue »

National Security-Related Congressional Hearings, May 8-May 12

Monday, May 8

2:30pm – Senate Judiciary Committee – Russian Interference in the 2016 United States Election (here)

Tuesday, May 9

9:30am – Senate Committee on Armed Services – United States Cyber Command (here)

10:00am – Senate Committee on Foreign Relations – Business Meeting (here)

10:30am – Senate Committee on Foreign Relations – Nominations (Deputy Secretary Of State) (here)

2:00pm – Senate Intelligence Committee – Intelligence Matters (Closed) (here)

2:30pm – Senate Committee on Armed Services – Nomination (Under Secretary Of Defense (Comptroller);To Be Director Of Cost Assessment And Program Evaluation; To Be Principal Deputy Under Secretary Of Defense) (here)

Wednesday, May 10

10:00am – Senate Judiciary Committee – Nominations (Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel; Solicitor General; Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division) (here)

10:00am – Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs  – Cyber Threats Facing America: An Overview of the Cybersecurity Threat Landscape (here)

10:00am – Senate Committee on Foreign Relations – Emerging External Influences in the Western Hemisphere (here)

2:30pm – Senate Judiciary Committee – Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Across Borders: Facilitating Cooperation and Protecting Rights (here)

Thursday, May 11

10:00am – Senate Judiciary Committee – Executive Business Meeting (Rapid DNA Act of 2017; Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Act of 2017; American Law Enforcement Heroes Act of 2017)  (here)

10:00am – Senate Intelligence Committee – Open Hearing: Worldwide Threats (here)

2:00pm – Senate Intelligence Committee – Intelligence Matters (Closed) (here)  continue »

Will Election Hacking Split NATO?


NATO’s Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Sir Adrian Bradshaw, has reportedly suggested that NATO may consider Russian interference in upcoming European elections as an attack triggering collective defense measures. Such a move could put NATO and its member states at odds with the United States, which carefully avoided calling Russian interference in the U.S.  continue »

Tallinn Manual 2.0 – Advancing the Conversation


On Wednesday last week I had the privilege of attending the Washington, D.C. launch of the Tallinn Manual 2.0 on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations at the Atlantic Council. The standing-room-only event serves as a testament to the fundamental importance of cybersecurity generally, and specifically to the growing appetite for advancing our understanding of the critical role international law must play in regulating the new domain of cyberspace. …   continue »