The Week That Was

The Week that Was: All of Lawfare in One Post

By Ajay Sarma, Christiana Wayne
Monday, July 12, 2021, 12:28 PM

Nicholas Weaver explained REvil’s ransomware attack on Kaseya VSA. 

Matt Tait discussed the significance of the ransomware attack on Kaseya as a herald of emergent cybersecurity threats to supply chains.

Jen Patja Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Benjamin Wittes spoke with Tait, the chief operating officer of Corellium, about ransomware and other cybersecurity threats:

Bruce Brown and Gabe Rottman examined the Justice Department’s demands for journalist records under the Trump administration. 

Matt Gluck and Jack Goldsmith shared their article in the Federal Sentencing Reporter, in which they examined Donald Trump’s 238 clemency grants, only 25 of which were recommended by the pardon attorney.

Rohini Kurup shared a Department of Defense report from an independent review on sexual assault in the military.

Howell also shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Washington Post journalist Carol Leonnig discussed her new book, "Zero Fail: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service" with Lawfare Chief Operating Officer David Priess.

Howell also shared an episode of Rational Security which covers the Director of National Intelligence’s UFO report, the Trump Organization tax fraud indictments and the announcement that the show will end after two more episodes:

Christiana Wayne announced this week’s Lawfare Live, in which Gabe Rottman took questions on his and Bruce Brown’s recent article, “Everything We Know about the Trump-Era Records Demands From the Press”:

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Alex Vivona discussed increased militarization from China in the South China Sea and the calls for calm at the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations summit in a new installment of "Water Wars."

Matthew Murray, Alexander Vindman and Dominic Cruz Bustillos, explained the threat of weaponized corruption in Russia and how the Biden administration can confront it.

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Quinta Jurecic and Evelyn Douek discussed the crisis of American journalism with Martha Minow.

Stewart Baker shared an episode of the Cyberlaw Podcast covering the Kaseya ransomware attack, the new Florida “deplatforming” law and more:

Edina Harbinja analyzed the U.K.’s online safety bill and discussed its shortcomings. 

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Lawfare Executive Editor Scott Anderson spoke with White House official Joshua Geltzer about the recently released and first ever “National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism”: 

Jon Hoffman explained the rising tensions between Israel and Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean. 

Alan Rozenshtein discussed the enjoining of the Florida social media law and what it means for the future of government regulation of platforms.

Jordan Schneider shared an episode of the ChinaTalk podcast in which he spoke to Andy Klump, CEO of Clean Energy Associates, about forced labor in Chinese solar power supply chains:

And Herb Lin explained the importance of “unknown unknowns,” using Donald Rumsfeld’s terminology. 

And that was the week that was.