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On the Sony Hack

I've written two essays on the Sony hack, one for the Wall Street Journal, and the other for Vice Motherboard.

The former opens:

Earlier this month, a mysterious group that calls itself Guardians of Peace hacked into Sony Pictures Entertainment’s computer systems and began revealing many of the Hollywood studio’s best-kept secrets, from details about unreleased mo

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Congress Tries To Stop the IANA Transition -- But Does It?

By now, readers of this blog are aware of the decision by the Obama Administration to relinquish the last vestiges of control of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (known as the IANA function).  The IANA function is currently operated by a non-profit corporation, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), under contract to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), which is an Administration within the Department of Commerce.  The mechanism by which the Obama Administration has chosen to relinquish control is through a decision to simply n

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New CNAS Report on China's Cybersecurity Strategy

Over at the Center for a New American Security, researcher Amy Chang is out with a detailed report entitled, "Warring State: China's Cybersecurity Strategy."

As the report points out:

Devising an optimal strategy to address the challenges in the U.S.-China cyber relationship first requires an understanding of the motives, agendas, and stakeholders embedded in the process.

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Congressional Action on ICANN Accountability

As readers of this blog know, the United States is in the midst of a transition that will, when completed, give up its contractual control of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA).  That authority is currently conducted by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) under contract to the Department of Commerce.  Current plans are for Commerce to end the contract in September 2015, and let ICANN manage the IANA function on its own.  Some,


So How Does Vladimir Putin Feel About Cyber, Anyway?

Two days ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave a significant cybersecurity speech to Russia’s Security Council. For all you Russian speakers, the original text and video can be found on the Kremlin’s website here.  For everyone else, I have translated the speech and posted it below.

Though the speech is interesting for all sorts of reasons, three of its features warrant special emphasis. First, while Putin never mentions the United States by name, his speech is filled with veiled references to it and its intelligence agencies.


More Tightening of Internet Restrictions by China

The Chinese Communist Party ("CCP"), already infamous for its deep censorship of internet in the People’s Republic, seems to be squeezing the web’s net even tighter.

Since coming to power, President Xi Jinping has consolidated internet regulatory agencies into a new, streamlined entity: the State Internet Information Office (SIIO). According to noted China specialist Bill Bishop, the SIIO is “now clearly the lead Internet regulatory body” in China.

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True Lawfare -- The Fight to Seize Iran's Domain Name Continues

A month ago, we wrote about an effort by several plaintiff's lawyers, representing terrorist victims, to seize the Iran domain name (.IR).  Turns out there was even more to it than we were aware of at the time, as the same group of lawyers have filed similar writs of attachment against Syria (.SY) and North Korea (.KP).

Bits and Bytes

Bits and Bytes

While the rest of the world is watching the Supreme Court's final decision day of the year, it's been a busy time in the cyber world as well.  Herewith seven (!) bits and bytes of interest, in no particular order:

Facebook's Psych Experiment.  You've no doubt read that Facebook manipulated news feeds as an experiment.

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Seizing Iran's Domain Name -- .IR

As we have noted in the past, there is a brewing fight over who controls the naming function for the internet.  I suspect that some who've read these posts have wondered if they were truly germane to national security -- the nominal subject matter of this blog.  Today, we find a bit more evidence of the general relevance of the ongoing discussion."

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