Ariel Rabkin


Ariel Rabkin received his PhD in computer science from UC Berkeley in 2012, where he was advised by Randy Katz. His dissertation concerns making software systems easier to configure and manage; he is also interested in security and cloud computing. Rabkin obtained his bachelor’s degree in 2006 and his master’s in engineering in 2007, both from Cornell University.

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Hacking Back Without Cracking Up

by Jeremy Rabkin, Ariel Rabkinvia Lawfare
Friday, July 1, 2016

For at least two decades, American firms and institutions have been victimized by attacks on their computer systems. Hackers disrupt their websites, interfere with their communications, and—most costly of all—steal their data. General Keith Alexander, then director of the National Security Agency (NSA), characterized the scale of intellectual property theft by cyber attacks as “the largest transfer of wealth in world history.” 

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Hacking Back Without Cracking Up

by Jeremy Rabkin, Ariel Rabkinvia Aegis Paper Series
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Malicious hackers, often under the protection of hostile foreign states, have engaged in massive data theft from U.S. business firms and private institutions.  Intelligence agencies predict the problem will get worse. 

Analysis and Commentary

We the Cyber Warriors

by Ariel Rabkin, Jeremy Rabkinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Thursday, January 24, 2013
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We the Cyber Warriors

by Jeremy Rabkin, Ariel Rabkinvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Founding Fathers’ solutions for 21st-century problems.

Emerging Threats:To Confront Cyber Threats, We must Rethink the Law of Armed Conflict

by Jeremy Rabkin, Ariel Rabkinvia Analysis
Thursday, January 19, 2012

Deliberate attacks on websites and computer networks, so-called cyber attacks, are part of life on the Internet, with some foreign governments encouraging, assisting, or directing such attacks.