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Senate Intelligence Holds Hearing on the SolarWinds Breach

On Tuesday, February 23, 2020, at 2:30 p.m., the Senate Intelligence Committee will hold a hearing on the recent hack of U.S. networks by a foreign adversary. The committee will hear testimony from Kevin Mandia, CEO of Fireye; Sudhakar Ramakrishna, CEO of SolarWinds; Brad Smith, president of Microsoft; and George Kurtz, president and CEO of Crowdstrike.

You can watch a livestream of the hearing here or below:


The Confused U.S. Messaging Campaign on Huawei

For the past several months, American policymakers have sought to convince allies, partners and potential partners to ban Chinese telecommunications company Huawei from supplying the entirety of, or components for, 5G communications networks around the world. This messaging campaign has centered primarily around concerns that Huawei could assist the Chinese government in spying on other countries or even shutting down or manipulating their 5G networks in a warlike scenario.

Foreign Policy Essay

Sanctioning the Dragon: Using Statecraft to Shape Chinese Behavior

Editor's Note: Sanctions on China are again in the air as policymakers look on Beijing's provocative regional policies with dismay. Although many experts argue that sanctions would achieve little and might even backfire, Zack Cooper and Eric Lorber, at CSIS and the Financial Integrity Network respectively, argue that limited and targeted sanctions can make China more hesitant to engage in aggressive behavior.


The Cyberlaw Podcast

Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast, Episode #92: An Interview with Ellen Nakashima and Tony Cole

Did China’s PLA really stop hacking US companies for commercial secrets? And does it matter? In episode 92, we ask those questions and more of two experts on the topic ‒ Washington Post reporter Ellen Nakashima, and Tony Cole, who has fought off his share of PLA hackers.


China Claims OPM Hack was "Criminal"; Arrests Hackers It Says were Responsible

Buried in this morning's article covering the ongoing U.S.-China cybersecurity talks, Chinese state-owned media outlet Xinhua News said that an investigation had determined that the hack of the Office of Personnel Management was not a state-sponsored cyber attack, but instead the work of criminal hackers. The otherwise throwaway line in an article about diplomatic negotiations is significant as Xinhua is the official press agency of the People's Republic of China.

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