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Analysis and Commentary

On The Anthem Hack

by Herbert Linvia Lawfare
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

On February 5, 2015, Anthem—a health insurance company—announced that hackers had been able to access records containing tens of millions of names, birthdays, Social Security numbers, addresses and employment data.

Analysis and Commentary

Pew Poll On Investigative Journalists And Digital Security

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Monday, February 9, 2015

This is interesting. From the Pew Research Center:

Analysis and Commentary

President Obama To Visit Stanford For White House Cyber Summit

mentioning Amy Zegart, Herbert Linvia Stanford News
Sunday, February 8, 2015

Stanford will welcome President Barack Obama to the campus Friday, Feb. 13, where he will address the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection.  The president will join top-level government officials, corporate CEOs and Stanford faculty members who will gather to discuss pressing issues at the all-day summit organized by the White House.

Analysis and Commentary

The Intercept, SecureDrop, And Foreign Intelligence Services: A Response

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Thursday, February 5, 2015

Those readers who do not spend a lot of time on Twitter may have missed the beating Ben has been taking there for this post last week suggesting that the folks at The Intercept may be overestimating their security capabilities relative to the offensive capabilities of nation state intelligence services.

Analysis and Commentary

On Cybersecurity For The Internet Of Things

by Herbert Linvia Lawfare
Saturday, January 31, 2015

On Tuesday, January 27, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission released a staff report on cybersecurity and the Internet of Things.

Analysis and Commentary

The Intercept’s Invitation To Criminality—And To Intelligence Agencies

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Intercept posted an interesting document yesterday designed to help a certain class of would-be-criminals—leakers of classified information—but which will, I would imagine, interest a different group of people too.

Analysis and Commentary

Automation Has Already Saved Lives

by John Villasenorvia New York Times
Thursday, January 29, 2015

We can't afford not to take advantage of vehicle automation technologies. With proper design, testing and regulation, advanced vehicle automation has the potential to greatly reduce the number of injuries and fatalities attributable to motor vehicle accidents.

Analysis and Commentary

A Speech by General Hayden

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Events which took place at a Washington and Lee School of Law symposium on “Cybersurveillance in the Post-Snowden Age” include a speech by General Michael Hayden about NSA and surveillance matters.

In the News

The Cobweb

quoting Anatol Shmelevvia The New Yorker
Monday, January 26, 2015

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 took off from Amsterdam at 10:31 A.M. G.M.T. on July 17, 2014, for a twelve-hour flight to Kuala Lumpur. Not much more than three hours later, the plane, a Boeing 777, crashed in a field outside Donetsk, Ukraine. All two hundred and ninety-eight people on board were killed.

Analysis and Commentary

Breaking Bad Drones

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Thursday, January 22, 2015

Just in time for Gabriella Blum and my forthcoming book, The Future of Violence: Robots and Germs, Hackers and Drones: —Confronting A New Age of Threatcomes this story from the Associated Press:


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