Finally! A Cybersecurity Safety Review Board is a new article by Steve Bellovin and myself at Lawfare. One element of President Biden’s executive order on cybersecurity establishes a board to investigate major incidents involving government computers in somewhat the way that the National Transportation Safety Board investigates aviation disasters. The two of us, among many…Read More Thoughts on the Executive Order
The Supreme Court has ruled in the van Buren case, and there’s a good summary on the EFF’s blog: “The decision is a victory for all Internet users, as it affirmed that online services cannot use the CFAA’s criminal provisions to enforce limitations on how or why you use their service…” As I said at…Read More Van Buren
On Monday, the Department of Justice announced that it had cleaned malware (“webshells”) off of hundreds of infected mail systems running Microsoft Exchange. Microsoft has been trying to get folks to apply critical security patches to address a problem that’s being actively exploited. A few minutes ago, I posted a screencapture of Microsoft’s autoupdater going…Read More The Updates Must Go Through
Mark Rasch, who created the Computer Crime Unit at the United States Department of Justice, has an essay, “Conceal and Fail to Report – The Uber CSO Indictment.” The case is causing great consternation in the InfoSec community partly because it is the first instance in which a CSO or CISO has been personally held…Read More The Uber CSO indictment
The EFF has filed an amicus brief on the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act: Washington, D.C.—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and leading cybersecurity experts today urged the Supreme Court to rein in the scope of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA)—and protect the security research we all rely on to keep us safe—by holding…Read More Amicus Brief on CFAA
I’ve signed on to Access Now’s letter to the Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, asking the Government of India to withdraw the draft amendments proposed to the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines) Rules. As they say in their press release: Today’s letter, signed by an international coalition of 31 organizations and individuals, explains how…Read More India’s Intermediary Guidelines
The decision in Carpenter v. United States is an unusually positive one for privacy. The Supreme Court ruled that the government generally can’t access historical cell-site location records without a warrant. (SCOTUS Blog links to court documents. The court put limits on the “third party” doctrine, and it will be fascinating to see how those…Read More Carpenter!
Twenty years ago, Windows 95 was the most common operating system. Yahoo and Altavista were our gateways to the internet. Steve Jobs just returned to Apple. Google didn’t exist yet. America Online had just launched their Instant Messenger. IPv6 was coming soon. That’s part of the state of software in 1997, twenty years ago. We…Read More 20 Year Software: Engineering and Updates