Fact Checking Obama's Misleading Answer About Warrantless Wiretapping

October 24, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

Jon Stewart boldly went where no mainstream reporter has gone: asking President Obama why he embraced Bush’s warrantless wiretapping program after campaigning against it. While Stewart’s question was commendable, Obama’s answer was puzzling because it seems so obviously untrue...

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The Threat Is Real and Must Be Stopped: Clarifications And Rebuttal by an INFOSEC Professional DRAFT II

October 22, 2012 Added by:Infosec Island Admin

So far though Senator Lieberman I have only seen gross generalities out of you and others about how dire things are and how scared we all should be. Your hue and cry ultimately lacks any hard evidence for any of us to stand behind as that the issue is real and it is so prescient that action must be taken post haste...

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Counterintelligence, False Flags, Disinformation, and Network Defense

October 17, 2012 Added by:Infosec Island Admin

I would like to clear the air here a bit on these terms and how they do really apply to the world of INFOSEC that we in this business now find ourselves in, one littered with military and spook terms that you may not be really familiar with. First off, lets look at the terms that have been thrown around here...

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Dutch Govt Expresses Intent To Draft New Cybercrime Legislation

October 17, 2012 Added by:Matthijs R. Koot

On October 15th 2012, the Dutch Minister of Security & Justice (Ivo Opstelten) sent this letter to the Dutch parliament expressing intentions to draft new cybercrime legislation in the Netherlands. Here is my Dutch-to-English translation of the entire letter...

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I’m Mad as Hell about an Executive Order on Cybersecurity

October 07, 2012 Added by:Joel Harding

And as much as you might not care, if President Obama signs an Executive Order on cybersecurity, it will set the de facto standards that we all must live with. You’ll share the data and you’ll have to live with the standards...

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Cyber War: Fact from Fiction in the shadow of the Tallinn Manual

October 04, 2012 Added by:Rafal Los

Are we involved in open cyber warfare? Definitely not. We are definitely involved in a Cold War style set of guerilla incursions aimed at strategic assets for espionage or financial damage. This hasn't yet moved direct confrontation - but that may simply be a matter of time...

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Is a Communist or Totalitarian System Preferable in the Internet Age?

October 03, 2012 Added by:Doug DePeppe

In the West, we tout the openness of the Internet. Many attribute the Internet as playing a major part in the Arab Spring. The dark underbelly of the Internet, however, is that all this connectivity allows bad actors to connect to any target he desires...

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An Open Letter to Senator Rockefeller

September 20, 2012 Added by:Richard Stiennon

Like in many matters involving science and technology, scientists and technologists should be brought into future deliberations on cyber legislation. The technologists that make the Internet operate and the security experts that battle to defend it need to be brought to the table...

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How We Might Wage War in Cyberspace

September 19, 2012 Added by:Joel Harding

With the way US forces are distributed globally, cyber capabilities and flexibilities are enhanced. Cyber, both offense and defense, can be launched from anywhere. All Combatant Commanders have liaisons and representative elements with geographic commands, Cyber Command is no different...

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War in Cyberspace is about Definitions

September 18, 2012 Added by:Joel Harding

We are stuck in “Definitional Wars” or the struggle to get definitions approved that are not only accurate but widely accepted. A bigger problem is the constant evolution of technology and terminology, by the time a definition is published, it is usually obsolete...

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There is No Need for a Cybersecurity Executive Order

September 11, 2012 Added by:Richard Stiennon

Forcing utility operators, banks, and earth resources companies to comply with frameworks based on outmoded asset and vulnerability methodologies will distract them from implementing threat based defenses. The Executive Order, if issued, will do much more harm than good...

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Assessment of Security Policies Within the DoD

September 11, 2012 Added by:Stefano Mele

According to a new report from the DoD Inspector General, security policies "often overlap, are fragmentary, or inconsistent". The sheer volume of policies that are not integrated makes it difficult for those in the field to ensure consistent and comprehensive policy implementation...

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The Best Cybersecurity Strategy May be Counter-Terror

September 03, 2012 Added by:Danny Lieberman

The problem with a defensive cyber-security strategy is that it does not address the root cause of threats.

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eVoting Gets Real

September 03, 2012 Added by:Alan Woodward

Having written about the characteristics of reliable e-voting systems in Scientific American recently it is interesting to see that officials are now working hard to implement it.

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Our Cyber Dysconnect

September 03, 2012 Added by:Joel Harding

The fact is our governments all talk across one another instead of honestly exchanging data. You, me, the engineer in the office down the hall or the President of this country or that, we can all talk about how bad things are but until we have agreed upon terms and can honestly compare apples with oranges, all we are using are empty words

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NSA Still Warrantlessly Wiretapping Americans

August 30, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

There’s long been ample evidence the NSA has been unlawfully collecting Americans' communications since the passage of the FISA Amendments Act. As the New York Times reported in 2009, the NSA was still collecting purely domestic communications of Americans' in a "significant and systemic" way...

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