The public was offended when NSA coopted RSA’s encryption products and we were disappointed when some social media firms shared their customer’s private data with government, other firms, and law enforcement. It’s not acceptable for government and industry to cooperate against the public at large, but when we face genuine national security threats, most of […]
At the same time the federal government is levying billion dollar fines on banks for mortgage dealings that preceded the Great Recession, banks are facing sophisticated cyberattacks from Russia that may cost billions more. It is not clear that banks can move swiftly enough to escape Russian cyber-piracy. So far, they have been slow to […]
American consumers fall prey to privacy thieves with little available to protect them from these modern brigands. Distinguished by status and motivation, there are four tribes of cyber thieves – money-seeking criminals, hacktivist autocrats, aggressive nation states (notably Russia, Iran, the Koreas and China), and US government employees. Ordinary privacy criminals go where the money […]
A decade ago, Internet privacy violations were often pranks by script kiddies hoping to out-do each other through website defacements. Today, such juvenile antics attract little notice. Instead, more news covers criminal gangs from Eastern Europe who steal personal account and password information for bank and credit accounts. Personal information and credit card numbers for […]
Commercial cybercriminals sometimes spread “adware,” a software infection that seizes control of a computer limiting the user’s ability to operate software that used to work well. Criminals are paid by advertisers for the deluge of involuntary “clicks” from adverts that are usually of no interest to the computer user. A barely legal version of cyber […]
The cyber intrusions we face are serious. Civilian cyber-criminals inflict problems ranging from nuisances to theft, as happened at Target and Adobe. Now the curious Heartbleed vulnerability inconveniences consumers, requiring extensive password replacements. Less known but more serious are cyber-attacks by nation states, which threaten our economic vigor and the functioning of our infrastructure. China’s […]
Harmonized regulation of cyber-matters could achieve better results for the US and the EU. Current clashes between US and EU rules on cyber privacy and security undermine US success in the EU. It is difficult for internet commerce to simultaneously comply with incompatible sets of rules on consumer privacy and law enforcement. The disparate regulatory […]
ACI researcher Alan Daley has the written a piece on a new cyber-security legislative proposal. You can read the piece on the HILL at http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/homeland-security/293379-cybersecurity-follow-through-is-welcomed.