New Chinese Cybersecurity Law: A Step Backward?

Western experts evaluating China’s new cybersecurity law contend it will do very little to safeguard information but will erode privacy rights and make it harder for foreign enterprises to do business in China. James Zimmerman, chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China, characterizes the new law – which…


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China adopts cybersecurity law in face of overseas concerns

China adopted a controversial cybersecurity law on Monday to counter what Beijing says are growing threats such as hacking and terrorism, although the law has triggered concern from foreign business and rights groups. The legislation, passed by China’s largely rubber-stamp parliament and set to come into effect in June 2017,…


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Lawmakers question new DOJ hacking rule

A bipartisan group of legislators signed letter on Thursday requesting that the Department of Justice (DOJ) clarify a forthcoming rules change that could affect citizens’ privacy. “We are concerned about the full scope of the new authority that would be provided to the Department of Justice,” lawmakers wrote in their…


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Justice Department Releases Guidelines on Controversial Anti-Hacking Law

TO MANY WHO conduct work or research related to digital security, the legislation meant to protect against computer crimes has morphed into something harmful. The 1986 law, the U.S. Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, has been repeatedly described as vague and ineffectual — allowing overzealous prosecutors to saddle hacktivists and…


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Implications of Information Technology in Banking-Cyber Law and Cyber Security in India

My paper highlights the pros and cons of technology based banking services in India. Banks mobilize public savings and facilitate investments. The liberalization of banking services by the government and the Reserve Bank of India has accelerated the growth of the banking sector in an effort to promote economic growth…


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4 takeaways from TechNet

1. Russia is in America’s crosshairs: Maj. Gen. Stephen Fogarty, commanding general of the Army Cyber Center of Excellence, said the U.S. has observed Russia employ the full range of information warfare capabilities to effectively find and fix their opponents. While traditional yardsticks of power include attack helicopters, bombers, artillery,…


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Towards a Cyber-Security Treaty

The Democratic National Convention (DNC) leaks revealed last week have presumably reminded many Americans to the severe cyber-threats this country is facing. Particularly alarming were the allegations that Vladimir Putin is behind the hack. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson raised his concern that Russian hackers might be able to target…


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Feds might force your board to be cyber-aware

Laws frequently change the way that we do business. Whether it’s taxes, regulations or some other requirement that we, as business people, are obliged to abide by, compliance is essential to avoiding legal actions and getting our jobs done without interference. Sometimes laws might even change the structure of your…


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Lawmakers ask FCC how proposed rules would affect cybersecurity

A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers sent a letter on Monday to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler asking how the FCC’s proposed rule on set-top boxes could affect cybersecurity. The coalition included U.S. Sens. Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Tom Carper (D-DE), along with U.S. Reps. Michael McCaul (R-TX) and…


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A woman in Illinois was busted for identity theft

You’ve probably been hearing a lot about identity theft on the news recently. There was even a major movie out a couple years ago called “Identity Thief.” That movie may have been a comedy, but the subject matter is actually very real. In fact, identity theft happens every day. Last…


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The US will get a chance to try a hacker who allegedly helped steal millions from payment processors

A man allegedly behind some of the world’s biggest and most lucrative hacks is going to be tried in US courts. Turkish citizen Ercan Findikoglu has been extradited to the United States and is being charged with helping execute a series of “cybercrime campaigns,” which valued at $55 million in…


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‘Aaron’s Law’ aims to reform abused computer crime policies

Earlier this year, the prosecution and death of internet activist Aaron Swartz highlighted a number of flaws in the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), a 1986 computer crime law which allows federal prosecutors to press serious charges for sometimes innocuous internet activities. Now two members of Congress, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)…


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