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Two Russian Nationals Indicted in Connection with Hacking Schemes

In the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Russian nationals Maksim V. Yakubets and Igor Turashev were indicted for conspiracy, fraud conspiracy, bank fraud, wire fraud and intentional damage to a computer. The indictment alleges the two men along with co-conspirators installed Bugat malware on victims' computers to obtain millions of dollars. The document is available here and below.

Cybersecurity and Deterrence

Private Sector Cyber Intelligence Could Be Key to Workable Cyber Arms Control Treaties

Skepticism abounded both inside and outside of government when then-President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping included special provisions for reducing commercial cyber espionage in their far-reaching September 2015 bilateral agreement.

Cybersecurity

North Korea, Iran, and the Challenges of Dealing With Cyber-Capable Nuclear States

North Korea's successful missile launch last Sunday has further sharpened the world's focus on the country’s growing nuclear capabilities. But in remarks last month, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly commented that North Korea poses a more likely cyber threat than it does a nuclear concern.

Cybersecurity: Legislation

PATCH: Debating Codification of the VEP

Today a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced in both the House and Senate a bill that would formalize the Vulnerability Equities Process (VEP) into law. The proposed legislation, the Protecting our Ability To Counter Hacking (PATCH) Act, is sponsored by Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) (all members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation) and Representatives Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Blake Farenthold (R-Texas).

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