Last week, the Senate took a significant step towards imposing additional sanctions on Russia. The latest step came in the form of an amendment to S.722, the Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act.
Latest in Cybersecurity: Legislation
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).
Bobby Chesney raised a number of issues regarding the Active Defense Certainty Act, and I’m just getting into it now. I think Bobby’s comments are spot on, but I want to amplify some of his concerns.
Meaning of persistent intrusion
Representative Tom Graves (R-GA) recently released a discussion draft of a bill that would create a defense to liability under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) (18 USC 1030) f
Though there may be plenty of topics about which President Trump and congressional Republicans agree, Russia does not appear to be one of them. The President’s defense of Putin has prompted a cold reaction from Capitol Hill, where there is bipartisan and bicameral support for preventing any lessening of sanctions on Russia.
Thanks to the at-times br
Cybersecurity is, of course, very hard for any number of practical reasons, ranging from the complexity of the attack surface to the sophistication of persistent threats. And then, of course, there is the "theater of the absurd" division of reasons why protecting the Federal government domain is so hard. Consider this opinion from the Federal Labor Relations Board (published in July 2014, but of which I just recently became aware).
Prosecutors colloquially call it “sextortion.”
Legally speaking, there’s no such thing. The word is a kind a prosecutorial slang for a class of cases that do not correspond neatly with any known criminal offense.
This morning Benjamin Wittes hosted an online webcast previewing two new Brookings studies on "sextortion," a new form of remote sexual assault. Danielle Citron and Carrie A. Goldberg also offered their insights on cybercrime, exploring what sextortion is and what lawmakers can do to stop this egregious crime.
Last week, the Hill obtained a draft copy of Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Richard Burr's (R-NC) much discussed encryption legislation . Today, the senators made it official, releasing the Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016.
The two senators released the following statement: