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19th April 2018 – FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

U.S., UK Act to Block Chinese Technology Threat

Annie Fixler , Trevor Logan

This week, the U.S. and UK governments took steps to combat key national security threats posed by two Chinese telecommunications companies. On Monday, the U.S. Commerce Department banned all U.S. sales to ZTE, a Chinese telecommunications company that violated export controls. more...

5th April 2018 – Quoted by Tanya Chepkova - Cryptovest

Terrorists Love Cryptocurrencies, Russian Security Services Claim

International terrorism has mastered all modern informational technologies and is using cryptocurrencies while also actively broadening its contacts with high-profile hackers, according to Alexander Bortnikov, head of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSS). more...

26th March 2018 – FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

Iran’s Cyber Capabilities Expanded throughout Nuclear Talks

Annie Fixler , Behnam Ben Taleblu

The U.S. Treasury and Justice Departments took combined action Friday to designate and indict the Iranian firm Mabna Institute, as well as nine of its contractors responsible for “a coordinated campaign of cyber intrusions.” Between 2013 and 2017, these entities hacked hundreds of universities, private companies, and government agencies in the U.S. and around the world. The four-year campaign to steal billions of dollars’ worth of intellectual property attests to Iran’s evolving cyber capabilities. more...

25th March 2018 – CoinDesk

Crypto Investors Should Stay Away from Venezuela’s Petro

Yaya J. Fanusie, Michaela Frai

Venezuela has reportedly made the first state-backed cryptocurrency, the petro, available to the public. Crypto investors should just say no. more...

21st February 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Parsing the Iran portions of the 2018 Worldwide Threat Assessment

Behnam Ben Taleblu

On select measures of the Iran threat, the 2018 document is remarkably consistent with themes from past assessments. Yet, in this latest assessment, additional attention is paid to the country’s evolving cyber aptitudes and to its turbulent domestic politics. more...

12th January 2018 – FDD’s Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance Research Memo

Bitcoin Laundering: An Analysis of Illicit Flows into Digital Currency Services

Yaya J. Fanusie

Bitcoin gambling sites, “mixers” and European Bitcoin exchange may be the destinations of choice for criminals looking to launder bitcoins, according to a study issued today by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ (FDD) Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance (CSIF) and cryptocurrency analytics firm Elliptic. more...

6th December 2017 – Quoted by Kyra Gurney - The Miami Herald

In Washington, Venezuela’s plan to create a ‘Bitcoin’ seen as a sign of desperation

Yaya J. Fanusie

Venezuela’s announcement that it plans to launch a national crypto-currency to evade U.S. sanctions has been met with skepticism in Washington, where lawmakers see the proposal as a sign of the regime’s increasing desperation. more...

13th November 2017 – Quoted by Julie Weed - The New York Times

Foiling Cyber-Spies on Business Trips

Samantha F. Ravich

The admonitions to business travelers headed to other countries should be familiar by now: Keep your laptop with you at all times. Stay off public Wi-Fi networks. Don’t send unencrypted files over the internet. more...

6th November 2017 – The Hill

US Treasury takes on terrorism: Non-kinetic warfare that works

Jonathan Schanzer

America’s foreign policy challenges are mounting. From North Korea and Iran to ISIS and Russia, the news cycle churns with reports of new threats and new concerns. more...

20th October 2017 – Quoted by Rachel Ansley - The Atlantic Council

Financial Pressure Needed to Prevent Financial Crimes in the DRC

Yaya J. Fanusie

The United States should apply sanctions on illicit financial networks and crack down on money laundering in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) where a "violent kleptocracy" has fueled an ongoing and deadly conflict, John Prendergast, co-founder of The Sentry and founding director of the Enough Project, said at the Atlantic Council. more...

13th October 2017 – Quoted by Renee Picard - Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project

Russia Advances in Fight With US Over Cybercrime Suspect

Boris Zilberman

On Wednesday, a Greek court showed support for Russia in a US-Russia legal tug-of-war over the alleged mastermind behind a $4 billion bitcoin money-laundering scheme, reported Reuters. more...

10th October 2017 – Quoted by Kevin D. Freeman - Global Economic Warfare

When the IT Supply Chain is Compromised “Inside the Wire”

Samantha F. Ravich

The term “inside the wire” generally suggests a zone of safety. Going outside the wire suggests being at risk. But what happens when the enemy gets inside the wire? Extreme threat. more...

20th September 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Regulators Struggling to Handle Illicit Finance Risks of Fintech Innovation

Yaya J. Fanusie

Earlier this month, China’s financial authorities issued a ban on Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), a crowdfunding method through which business ventures raise capital by selling newly-created cryptocurrencies to the public. more...

19th August 2017 – Citado por Jackeline Rivero - Criptonoticias

Ataque En Barcelona, Financiamiento Terrorista Y Criptomonedas

Yaya J. Fanusie

El mundo aún está conmocionado por el lamentable ataque terrorista, perpetrado por el Estado Islámico (EI), que sufrió la ciudad de Barcelona el pasado jueves 17, en el cual resultaron 13 personas asesinadas y un centenar de heridos. Leer más: https://criptonoticias.com/sucesos/ataque-barcelona-financiamiento-terrorista-criptomonedas/#ixzz4qQaro7m1 Follow us: @CriptoNoticias on Twitter | CriptoNoticias on Facebook more...

19th August 2017 – Quoted by Jeff Francis - Bitcoinist

Pentagon Looking To Draft Blockcain Technology For Security Purposes

Blockchain technology has proven itself to be invaluable for many different applications and now the Pentagon is looking at using blockchain technology to vastly bolster national security. more...

17th August 2017 – Telemetro Panama

Telemetro Panama

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Especialista en financiación de grupos terroristas Emanuele Ottolenghi habla sobre Hezbolá en América Latina. more...

17th August 2017 – Quoted by The Peninsula

Qatar partners with US firm to combat terror financing

Chip Poncy, Juan Zarate

Qatar’s National Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing Committee (NAMLC) has engaged with the Financial Integrity Network (FIN), based in Washington DC, as its principal strategic adviser for enhancing Doha’s Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-terrorist Financing System (AML/CFT). The partnership will ensure that the country meets the heightened and evolving global standards and expectations for financial integrity. more...

17th August 2017 – Quoted by Dan Boylan - The Washington Times

Pentagon eyes bitcoin blockchain technology as cybersecurity shield

Samantha F. Ravich

Used by terrorists, drug dealers and money launderers, the shadowy online currency bitcoin may soon be drafted by the Pentagon as a way to shield U.S. military technology, communications and purchases. more...

16th August 2017 – Quoted by Nathan Reiff - Investopedia

U.S. Demands International Monitoring of Cryptocurrency Transactions

Yaya J. Fanusie

In the midst of heated political tensions in the United States and abroad, news that President Trump recently signed a foreign sanctions bill that stipulates governmental monitoring of cryptocurrency transactions may have passed under the radar. Read more: U.S. Demands International Monitoring of Cryptocurrency Transactions | Investopedia http://www.investopedia.com/news/us-government-demand-monitoring-cryptocurrency-transactions-trump-senate-bill/#ixzz4pwsflS7w Follow us: Investopedia on Facebook more...

16th August 2017 – The Cipher Brief

Expelling Digital Demons from U.S. Sensitive Supply Chains

Samantha F. Ravich

The open manner with which U.S. national security enterprises bid for goods and services can be exploited by U.S. adversaries seeking to inject counterfeit or malicious components into sensitive electronic hardware. more...

Experts

Samantha F. Ravich

CSIF Board of Advisors, Senior Advisor

Yaya J. Fanusie

Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance - Director of Analysis

Annie Fixler

Policy Analyst

Juan Zarate

Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance - Chairman and Senior Counselor

Events

18th November 2016 - 8:30 AM

Cyber Warfare in the Next Administration

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ (FDD) Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance (CSIF) hosted a breakfast discussion with former Director of the CIA and the NSA General Michael Hayden Friday, November 18, from 8:30am to 9:45am. He was in conversation with Dr. Samantha Ravich, CSIF Board Member and Senior Advisor focused on cyber-enabled warfare.