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Trump’s Cyber-Appeasement Policy Might Encourage More Hacks

January 10, 2017 Since well before he was elected president, Donald Trump has been casting doubt on the accuracy and integrity of investigations that assign blame for cyberattacks. His statements have created an atmosphere of mistrust around forensic analyses, like the one focused on Russia three top spy agencies briefed him on last...

This is the Hacking Investigation Trump Wants Instead

January 9, 2017 President-elect Donald Trump wants to get to the bottom of news reports that revealed intelligence agencies had intercepted chatter among Russian government officials celebrating Trump’s election. But although he was scheduled to get briefed on the matter on Friday, he doesn’t seem very interested in the intelligence itself. Instead, he...

Why Bosses Can Track Their Employees 24/7

January 6, 2017 Suppose you’re being followed. Someone’s tracking your phone, or has placed a GPS device on your car. They know if you’re at home, or a pregnancy clinic, or church, or a gay bar. Depending on who’s tracking you, this could be a violation of your fundamental constitutional rights—or it could...

Don't Read Too Much Into Vermont Hack Debacle

January 3, 2017 On Friday evening, The Washington Post reported hackers affiliated with the Russian government had penetrated the United States electric grid by attacking a utility company in Vermont. The story was originally illustrated with an image of the headquarters of a Russian spy agency, which it alleged was behind the intrusion....

How Much Do Businesses Pay for Stolen Data?

December 22, 2016 One day early this year, employees at a hospital in Hollywood found their computers completely unusable. The hospital’s system had been taken over by malware, forcing doctors and nurses to resort to pen and paper to register new patients and keep records. The cyberattack came with a digital ransom note:...

Obama Just Made It Harder for Trump to Create a Muslim Registry

December 22, 2016 The Homeland Security Department will take apart the vestiges of a controversial program used to register and track visitors from Muslim-majority countries, a move that will make it more difficult for Donald Trump to instate a registry system for Muslims once he takes office next month. The change, which comes...

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Obama Just Made it Harder for Trump to Create a Muslim Registry

December 22, 2016 The Department of Homeland Security will take apart the vestiges of a controversial program that was used to register and track visitors from Muslim-majority countries, a move which will make it more difficult for Donald Trump to instate a registry system for Muslims once he takes office next month. The...

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America Already Had a Muslim Registry

December 20, 2016 Toward the end of 2002, nearly two years after arriving in the U.S. with a student visa, Ammar Khawam took a day off from classes to visit Des Moines. It was about a two-hour drive from the University of Iowa, where he was working toward a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences....

Will Obama Order American Hackers to Dox Putin?

December 19, 2016 President Barack Obama’s threat was direct and unequivocal: The United States will retaliate against Russia for its election-related cyberattacks. “And we will, at a time and place of our own choosing,” the president told NPR’s Steve Inskeep in an interview that aired Friday. “Some of it may be explicit and...

Does Russia’s Election Hacking Signal a New Era in Espionage?

December 16, 2016 This weekend, Michael Morell, the former acting director of the CIA, was asked about the intelligence community’s findings that Russia interfered in the presidential election. His answer was unequivocal: The country isn’t grasping the magnitude of the story, he told The Cipher Brief. “To me, and this is to me...