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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...

21st March 2018 – Interviewed by Mercy A. Kuo - The Diplomat

Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare: Assessing US Strategy

Samantha F. Ravich

Trans-Pacific View author Mercy Kuo regularly engages subject-matter experts, policy practitioners, and strategic thinkers across the globe for their diverse insights into U.S. Asia policy. This conversation with Dr. Samantha Ravich – Principal Investigator on two projects at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, the Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare Project and the Transformative Cyber Innovation Lab, and author of Marketization and Democracy: East Asian Experiences – is the 132nd in “The Trans-Pacific View Insight Series.” more...

14th March 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Turkey Abused Western Dual-Use Technology to Inject Spyware

Aykan Erdemir, Trevor Logan

Turkey’s leading internet service provider, Turk Telekom, in which the Turkish government owns a minority golden share, has been reportedly using web-filtering technology to install spyware on customers’ computers – an allegation the company denies. The Citizen Lab, an award-winning digital freedom watchdog at the University of Toronto, announced on March 9 that Turkish internet users who sought to download popular programs, including Skype and Avast Antivirus, were being redirected surreptitiously to versions of those applications bundled with spyware. more...

22nd December 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

North Korean Hackers Target Cryptocurrency Exchange as Part of Larger Economic Warfare Strategy

Mathew Ha, Trevor Logan

Yapizon, which operates the South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Youbit, announced on Tuesday that it would suspend all trading activity and file for bankruptcy following a North Korean cyber attack. Youbit acknowledged that the breach resulted in the theft of 17 percent of the exchange’s total digital assets, consisting of 7.6 billion won, or $7 million worth of cryptocurrencies. more...

18th December 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

House Bill Elevates Civilian Cybersecurity Agency

Annie Fixler , Trevor Logan

The House passed the Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency Act last week in order to establish a primary agency responsible for leading the coordination of cyber security information-sharing efforts between federal, non-federal, and private sector stakeholders. 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...

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 – 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 – 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...

14th August 2017 – The Hill

Blockchain technology may give Russia its next Sputnik moment

Yaya J. Fanusie, Boris Zilberman

Using blockchain technology, Russia may have just taken a massive leap forward in cryptography that needs more attention. more...

11th July 2017 – Mentioned by Dan Cummings - ETHNews

FDD and CPRI Research Blockchain For Supply Chain Protection

Manufacturing supply chains will play a huge role in advancing globalization into the future. However, just as in any other industry, supply chain management has its faults. Hidden behind the guise of legitimate trade partners, rival states can endanger the national security of their contenders. more...

11th July 2017 – FDD Research Memo

Leveraging Blockchain Technology to Protect the National Security Industrial Base

Samantha F. Ravich

Cyber-enabled economic warfare is not limited to the use of digital networks for surveillance, theft, and sabotage. An emerging national security challenge related to the globalization of manufacturing supply chains is the phenomenon of attacks in which substandard, counterfeit, or maliciously-modified electronic components are introduced into the hardware on which the national security industrial base (the “NSIB”) operates. more...

7th July 2017 – Pete Williams, Robert Windrem and Tom Winter - NBC News

Feds Suspect Russians Behind Cyber-Attacks on Power Plants

Juan Zarate

Russia is suspected to be behind recent hacker intrusions at American power plants, including at least one nuclear facility, two U.S. officials told NBC News. more...

30th June 2017 – Quoted by Alyssa Schmitt - Cleveland Jewish News

Israel Bonds Cleveland Women’s Division raises $1.4 million

Samantha F. Ravich

The Israel Bonds Cleveland Women’s Division hosted its annual sponsors luncheon. more...

29th June 2017 – Quoted by Morgan Lynch - MeriTalk

U.S. Announces Partnership With Israel on Cybersecurity

Samantha F. Ravich

The United States and Israel announced plans June 27 to cooperate on cybersecurity issues. more...

15th June 2017 – Quoted by Griffin Connolly - Roll Call

US Cybersecurity in Need of Rapid Repair, Senators Told

Samantha F. Ravich

Cybersecurity in the United States is in a severe state of disrepair, leaving the country vulnerable to attack from hacking groups backed by its opponents, two witnesses testified in a Senate subcommittee hearing. more...

15th June 2017 – Quoted by Jessie Bur - MeriTalk

Feds Lack Cyber Leadership to Deal With Nation-State Threats

Samantha F. Ravich

The Federal government lacks the empowered leadership necessary to address U.S. cyber vulnerabilities, according to former Federal experts testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on June 13. more...

14th June 2017 – Quoted by Nic Rowan - The Washington Free Beacon

Sen. Cory Gardner Calls for Cyber Committee to Oversee Prevention of State-Sponsored Attacks

Samantha F. Ravich

The United States may need a cyber committee to oversee the prevention of state sponsored cyber attacks from countries such as China, North Korea, or Russia, according to Senator Cory Gardner. more...

12th June 2017 – Fifth Domain

The growing North Korean cyber threat

Samantha F. Ravich , Anthony Ruggiero

North Korea terrorized a U.S. company, attempted a major cyber bank heist, launched its ransomware across the world, and is now implicated in a cyberattack against the very UN panel charged with investigating the Kim regime’s attempts to evade nuclear sanctions levied by the world body. more...

23rd February 2017 – Quoted by Sean D. Carberry - Federal Computer Week

How to define cyber-enabled economic warfare

Samantha F. Ravich , Annie Fixler

The U.S. and its allies lack coherent doctrine and policy to defend against the growing range of cyber threats, and that is because of a failure to even agree on a common language to describe a "cyber attack," the authors contend. more...

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