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Vulnerability reporting is dysfunctional

Author(s): 
Arvind Narayanan
Jonathan Mayer
Publication Date: 
March 25, 2020
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

In January, we released a study showing the ease of SIM swaps at five U.S. prepaid carriers.  These attacks—in which an adversary tricks telecoms into moving the victim’s phone number to a new SIM card under the attacker’s control—divert calls and SMS text messages away from the victim. This allows attackers to receive private information such as SMS-based authentication codes, which are often used in multi-factor login and password recovery procedures.  Read more about Vulnerability reporting is dysfunctional

Yes, States and Local Governments Can Close Private Businesses and Restrict Your Movement

Author(s): 
Elizabeth Joh
Publication Date: 
March 18, 2020
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Can the state tell your favorite local restaurant to close, or tell you that you must stay at home unless it’s absolutely necessary to leave, because of an emergency? The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have closed down bars, movie theaters and dine-in restaurants. Six counties in the San Francisco Bay Area have imposed a shelter-in-place order that allows people to leave their homes only for essential activities. Read more about Yes, States and Local Governments Can Close Private Businesses and Restrict Your Movement

Will the Coronavirus End Globalization as We Know It?

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
March 16, 2020
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The new coronavirus is shaping up to be an enormous stress test for globalization. As critical supply chains break down, and nations hoard medical supplies and rush to limit travel, the crisis is forcing a major reevaluation of the interconnected global economy. Not only has globalization allowed for the rapid spread of contagious disease but it has fostered deep interdependence between firms and nations that makes them more vulnerable to unexpected shocks. Now, firms and nations alike are discovering just how vulnerable they are. Read more about Will the Coronavirus End Globalization as We Know It?

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