Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today’s Headlines and Commentary

By Vishnu Kannan
Tuesday, July 30, 2019, 2:11 PM

A data breach at Capital One affected around 100 million people in the US and 6 million in Canada, the New York Times says. Paige Thompson, a software engineer in Seattle, allegedly exploited a security vulnerability that allowed her to steal, inter alia, 140,000 Social Security numbers and 80,000 bank account numbers. She has been arrested and will remain in federal custody until a hearing on Thursday.

Encryption will be a high-priority topic for discussion at Wednesday’s meeting of Five Eyes’ attorneys general in London, Reuters writes. U.S. Attorney General William Barr will participate in the discussions.

The Senate failed to override President Trump’s vetoes of three resolutions to block the sale of certain military technologies to Saudi Arabia, CBS writes.

The governments of Iran and the UAE will restart maritime security talks on Tuesday, according to an Iranian news agency, per Reuters. The meetings will be the first since 2013 and follow weeks of tensions over the security of shipping routes in the region.

Senior officials of the Chinese government said that most inmates in the government’s Xinjiang internment camps have been released and given work. However, experts and members of Muslim minority groups in Xinjiang contradicted the officials’ public remarks, saying there was no evidence of mass-releases, the New York Times reports.

On Tuesday, the Saudi-led coalition and Yemeni government released a statement alleging that Houthi rebels were responsible for an airstrike on a market that killed at least 14 civilians on Monday, the Associated Press reports. According to the statement, the rebels launched rockets at the market and then attempted to blame the Saudi coalition for the attack. The statement does not explain why the rebels would strike an area under their control.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Quinta Jurecic wrote that, under certain circumstances, a refusal to engage the matter of impeachment raises questions about whether members of Congress are adhering to their oaths of office.

Bobby Chesney explained how the Vacancies Reform Act applies to the position of director of national intelligence.

Matthew J. Aiesi argued that the incendiary balloon attacks by militants in Gaza constitute a war crime.

Vishnu Kannan shared a decision by Attorney General William Barr which limits asylum claims based on family ties.

Stewart Baker shared the most recent episode of the Cyberlaw Podcast in which he interviews Paul Scharre and Greg Allen, and discusses recent cybersecurity-related news with Mieke Eoyang.

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