Of Interest

  • Who Is Marcus Hutchins?: Security Researcher Community Worried?

    Date published: 
    August 4, 2017

    "Dr. Richard Forno, director of Graduate Cybersecurity Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, offered a similar response, telling IBT bonafide white hat security researchers “have no business developing and then selling malware on dark web sites—let alone launching or managing a malware outbreak” as the indictment against Hutchins alleges.  

  • New VPN Ban in Russia Latest Step in Increasing Cyber Risk for US Companies

    Date published: 
    August 3, 2017

    "Moreover, Scott Shackelford, cybersecurity program chair at Indiana University, said the case in part “illustrates the difficulty of shutting down botnets (given how easy it is to set up new command and control servers), along with the trouble of protecting trademarks online. At a higher level, it helps highlight the difficulty of exercising jurisdiction in an interconnected world.”"

  • Podcast: Access Denied

    Journalists are supposed to serve as “watchdogs” on the government. But how do they get access to the information they need to do that? In this episode, we talk to BuzzFeed lawyer Nabiha Syed about “freedom of information” laws — which are often the secret to getting government secrets.

  • Cybersecurity for the travelling scientist

    Date published: 
    August 2, 2017

    "It can be tempting to try to hide information or use technological tricks such as 'duress passwords' that, if used instead of the genuine one, unlock the device but keep a portion of the data hidden and encrypted. But Jennifer Granick, who studies cybersecurity law at Stanford University in California, warns against such strategies. “You don't want to lie to a government agent. That can be a crime.” And border guards are not likely to be sympathetic to the argument that a researcher has a legal duty to prevent anyone from seeing confidential data.

  • Senate Crackdown on Online Sex Trafficking Hits Opposition

    Date published: 
    August 2, 2017

    "For Danielle Citron, a law professor at the University of Maryland, the bill’s language — in particular phrases like “assist, support or facilitate sex trafficking” and “conduct violates federal criminal law” — are too vague in defining what constitutes facilitation and violation. While she supports modest change to the statute, she said she would rather see the courts re-evaluate their interpretation of the law’s specific language."

  • Google's US Challenge to the Canadian Global Delisting Order

    In its Equustek ruling in June, the Canadian Supreme Court held that Google must delete search results for users everywhere in the world, based on Canadian law. Google has now filed suit in the US, asking the court to confirm that the order can’t be enforced here. Here’s my take on that claim.

  • A white man called her kids the n-word. Facebook stopped her from sharing it.

    Date published: 
    July 31, 2017

    "The coalition has gathered 570,000 signatures urging Facebook to acknowledge discriminatory censorship exists on its platform, that it harbors white supremacist pages even though it says it forbids hate speech in all forms, and that black and Muslim communities are especially in danger because the hate ­directed against them translates into violence in the streets, said Malkia Cyril, a Black Lives Matter activist in Oakland, Calif., who was part of a group that first met with Facebook about their concerns in 2014."

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