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‘It’s quite feasible to start a war’: just how dangerous are ransomware hackers?

August 2021

The Russian government has an arrangement w/cyber-mobs who are active outside Russia: if you hack a Russian system, you’re in trouble. “My guess is that Putin gets a cut,” Herb Lin says.

Can Biden Do Anything to Stop Ransomware Attacks?

July 2021

Christopher Painter explains why the emerging pattern of ransomware attacks needs to be addressed at a political level – both domestically and internationally – and not be treated solely as a...

The U.S. says it can answer cyberattacks with nuclear weapons. That’s lunacy.

July 2021

Over the July 4 weekend, the Russian-based cybercriminal organization REvil claimed credit for hacking into as many as 1,500 companies. In May, another cybercriminal group, DarkSide shut down most of...

Software as a Disservice? Security Shortcuts Are Exposing Computers to Hackers

July 2021

A problem for investors is that companies don’t have proper incentives for preventing attacks. Herb Lin, cyber policy and security scholar at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, said companies...

Cyber Risk Across the U.S. Nuclear Enterprise

June 2021

As the United States embarks on an effort to modernize many elements of its nuclear enterprise, it needs to consider how dependencies on modern information technologies could lead to cyber-induced...

Stanford Experts Weigh In on What to Expect at the Biden-Putin Summit

June 2021

Scholars at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies hope that President Joe Biden’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin will lay the groundwork for negotiations in the near...

US Slaps Russia With Sanctions Plus For SolarWinds Hack

April 2021

The White House Executive Order comes on the same day that CISA and CNMF issue SolarWinds-related malware analysis and NSA-CISA-FBI issue a joint advisory warning of ongoing SVR exploitation of known...

Stanford’s Lin says new Aspen disinformation commission will wrestle with ‘how to incentivize doing the right thing'

March 2021

Stanford University’s Herb Lin, a member of the Aspen Institute’s new Commission on Information Disorder, says “cyber-enabled information warfare” poses an existential threat that in many ways defies...

Why America will never be safe from cyberattacks

March 2021

The U.S. government is still managing the fallout from two separate, massive cyberattacks linked to Russian and Chinese hackers, with a White House task force meeting this past Monday to probe the...

How Biden’s Cyber Strategy Echoes Trump’s

March 2021

The Biden administration released its Interim National Security Strategic Guidance. One would expect a final guidance document to be roughly consistent with the it while also containing more...

Confidence, uncertainty, and trust in AI affect how humans make decisions

February 2021

In 2019, as the Department of Defense considered adopting AI ethics principles, the Defense Innovation Unit held a series of meetings across the U.S. to gather opinions from experts and the public...

A Proposal for a Commission on the Capitol Siege

January 2021

On Jan. 6, the U.S. Capitol was assaulted and occupied for the first time since 1814. Five people were killed, including a Capitol Police officer. Two Republican Representatives have introduced a...

Longer-Term Cybersecurity Implications of the Occupation of the Capitol—Beware of Fake Leaks

January 2021

Inside the U.S. Capitol last week, laptops from the offices of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Jeff Merkley, and other devices were taken, presumably by the occupiers. These devices are now in...

Everybody Spies in Cyberspace. The U.S. Must Plan Accordingly.

December 2020

Because all countries engage in espionage, intrusions like Russia’s latest data hack are devilishly hard to deter.

Indicting Russia's Most Destructive Cyberwar Unit: The Implications of Public Attribution

November 2020

There are three main reasons behind publicly attributing these attacks to Russia.

Hacking the Classroom

September 2020

Security costs money. You pay for security because you want something to not happen. It’s not that something good happens with security, it's that something bad doesn’t happen.

Understanding China's Social Credit System

August 2020

Does a tracking system making laws more enforceable actually improve society?

The Geopolitical Ramifications of Starlink Internet Service?

June 2020

Starlink is a space-based internet service provider that seeks to provide high-speed (40 mbps upload, 100 mbps download ), near-global coverage of the populated world by 2021—bringing this service to...

Cybersecurity Lessons From the Pandemic, or Pandemic Lessons From Cybersecurity

June 2020

Important pandemic lessons from cybersecurity would have saved the U.S. economic and medical heartbreak had those lessons been heeded earlier.

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Herb Lin Herbert Lin Senior Research Scholar
rsd18 083 0009a Alex Stamos Director, Stanford Internet Observatory
Dr. Thomas Fingar Thomas Fingar Lecturer at APARC
rsd19 072 0081a Harold Trinkunas Senior Research Scholar
Women looking straight forward Amy Zegart Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Andrew Grotto Andrew Grotto Director, Program on Geopolitics, Technology, and Governance
Adam Segal Adam Segal Affiliate
thumbnail headshot Marc Goodman Affiliate
Beth George Beth George Affiliate
rsd19 072 0345a Andreas Kuehn Affiliate