Category: Cybersecurity & Defense

Mike Singh in The Wall Street Journal: “Beijing’s Curious Silence on the Syria Withdrawal”

One of the more troubling yardsticks by which to measure President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria was the gratification it seemed to offer American adversaries. Russian President Vladimir Putin called the decision “correct,” and senior Iranian regime cleric Ayatollah Hassan Ameli asserted that it “hands [Syria] to

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Matthew Waxman in Lawfare: “U.K. Outlines Position on Cyberattacks and International Law”

On Wednesday, British Attorney General Jeremy Wright delivered public remarks titled “Cyber and International Law in the 21st Century.” This unilateral move marks an important step by states in developing and defending interpretations of existing international frameworks as applied to cyber. It will take a long time to cultivate strong international consensus on such interpretations, but even in the absence of new agreements, statements like these help show that cyberspace need not be “lawless.”

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Lisa Monaco’s latest piece in The Washington Post: “A ‘global game of whack-a-mole’: Overseas data rules are stuck in the 19th century”

How should law enforcement officials deal with digital data that happens to be stored in a different country? If FBI agents, pursuing a subject who committed a crime in the United States, serve a valid court order on an American company, the government shouldn’t have to wait a year because the company happens to store the information overseas. Likewise, if the London police are investigating a local murder, the fact that they are seeking phone records from a communications provider located in the United States should not block them from doing their job.

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