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Cyber Week in Review: March 27, 2020

World Health Organization targeted by hackers; EU Parliament will temporarily allow members to vote by email; Chinese information operations copying some Russian tactics, expert says; Hackers exploit coronavirus pandemic to conduct DNS hijacking attacks; and New report details massive Chinese hacking campaign. Read More

Brazil-EU Cyber Cooperation: Swinging Bridges on the Road to Stability in Cyberspace
The February 20 Brazil-EU Cyber Dialogue signaled the most recent step taken by Brasília and Brussels to collaborate on advancing responsible state behavior in cyberspace. While there have sometimes been differences in the two parties' approaches to this challenge, their cooperation is crucial in the current geopolitical climate where cyber threats will continue to proliferate.
“Brave Enough to Tolerate Failure”: China Realigns Research Incentives in Pursuit of Technological Supremacy
China's innovation ecosystem has long suffered from misguided incentives. Recently, the Chinese government has been taking steps to address this. If it succeeds, China will be closer to becoming a global leader in emerging technologies, posing a significant challenge to the United States.
Cyber Week in Review: March 20, 2020
TSMC considers new U.S. plant; Coronavirus testing website launch hindered by confusion; Ransomware gangs pledge to avoid targeting healthcare system during pandemic; United States and UK weigh deploying tracking technology; and Surveillance campaign against Libyans uses fake COVID-19 tracking map.
  • Cybersecurity
    Message to Cybercriminals: Hospitals Are Off-Limits
    Late Sunday evening, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was hit with a cyberattack. This is not the first time that cybercriminals have targeted the U.S. health-care system during the coronavirus pandemic. During this time of crisis, the United States should counter such efforts with all available means.
  • Cybersecurity
    Cyber Week in Review: March 13, 2020
    Twitter labels selectively-edited video of Joe Biden “manipulated content”; Cyberspace Solarium Commission releases long-awaited report; Governments push tech companies to take down coronavirus misinformation; Russian cyberattack on Armenian government websites exposed; and some Five Eyes members consider their relationship with Huawei. 
  • Cybersecurity
    New Entries in the CFR Cyber Operations Tracker: Q4 2019
    An update of the Council on Foreign Relations' Cyber Operations Tracker for the period between October and December 2019.
  • Cybersecurity
    Cyber Week in Review: March 6, 2020
    DOJ indicts two Chinese nationals for helping launder proceeds of North Korean cryptocurrency hack; Controversial bill on liability for child abuse content to be introduced; Cybersecurity firm claims CIA has hacked Chinese industry for eleven years; No new foreign interference attempts on Super Tuesday, national security officials say; and Taiwan accuses China of spreading misinformation on coronavirus.
  • United Nations
    A Cyberspace ‘FIFA’ to Set Rules of the Game? UN States Disagree at Second Meeting
    In mid-February, country representatives convened at the United Nations to hold the second formal meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group on international cybersecurity. 
  • Privacy
    Cyber Week in Review: Feb 28, 2020
    Controversial facial recognition start-up hacked; Lawmakers object to ICE searching Maryland driver’s license database; Court rules YouTube not a public forum; Apple shareholders express human rights concerns in vote; and Insights from the RSA Conference about accused Chinese hackers abandoning techniques after indictments.
  • Elections and Voting
    Mobilizing the National Guard to Secure U.S. Elections
    States are increasingly relying on the National Guard to provide cybersecurity in elections. As the 2020 election approaches, they will need to decide how to best fund and deploy their forces to protect the democratic process.