• CYBERSECURITYGet Ready for AI-supercharged Hacking

    By Niusha Shafiabady and Mamoun Alazab

    Artificial intelligence can supercharge the effect of hacking attacks. As use of AI widens, people and organizations will have to become much more careful in guarding against its malicious use. So far, the only answer to all this is increased vigilance, by individuals and their employers. Governments can help by publicizing the problem. They should.

  • CYBERSECURITYEvaluating Cybersecurity Risks Associated with EV Fast-Charging Equipment

    Engineers have identified cybersecurity vulnerabilities with electric vehicles (EVs) using direct current fast-charging systems, the quickest, commonly used way to charge electric vehicles. The high-voltage technology relies on power line communication (PLC) technology to transmit smart-grid data between vehicles and charging equipment.

  • ELECTION INTEGRITYRussian Election Meddlers Hurting Biden, Helping Trump, U.S. Intelligence Warns

    By Jeff Seldin

    Russia is turning to a familiar playbook in its attempt to sway the outcome of the upcoming U.S. presidential election, looking for ways to boost the candidacy of former President Donald Trump by disparaging the campaign of incumbent President Joe Biden, according to American intelligence officials.

  • SPACE SECURITYTo Guard Against Cyberattacks in Space, Researchers Ask ‘What If?’

    By Patrick Lin

    If space systems such as GPS were hacked and knocked offline, much of the world would instantly be returned to the communications and navigation technologies of the 1950s. Yet space cybersecurity is largely invisible to the public at a time of heightened geopolitical tensions.

  • DEMOCRACY WATCHUN’s Global Digital Compact Is Looking Like an Authoritarian Dream

    By Mercedes Page

    This week, global representatives to the United Nations in New York will review the latest draft of the UN Global Digital Compact (GDC). The latest draft of the GDC is concerning. It would consolidate power within the UN, expand the reach of both the UN and national governments over digital matters and ultimately threaten the openness of the global internet.

  • DEMOCRACY WATCHSupreme Court Rules Platforms Have First Amendment Right to Decide What Speech to Carry, Free of State Mandates

    The Supreme Court last week correctly found that social media platforms, like newspapers, bookstores, and art galleries before them, have First Amendment rights to curate and edit the speech of others they deliver to their users, and the government has a very limited role in dictating what social media platforms must and must not publish.

  • RANSOMWARENew Report Advises How Ransomware Victims Can Be Better Supported

    By Olivia Miller

    A new report aims to shed light on the experience of victims of ransomware and identify several key factors that typically shape these experiences.

  • CHINA WATCHChina-Backed Hackers Step Up Spying on Taiwan: Security Firm

    Recorded Future said cyberespionage targeting Taiwan has intensified with a focus on its technology industry.

  • DISINFORMATIONFact Check: Fake Footage of Russian Warships in Cuba

    By Monir Ghaedi

    The arrival of Russian navy ships, some carrying advanced weapons, off the coast of Havana has given rise to online disinformation. Some analysts breathlessly warned of a new Cuban Missile Crisis. But the story was fake news, using old footage and clever editing.

  • DISINFORMATIONBanning Fake News Traffickers Online Improved Public Discourse

    When Twitter banned more than 70,000 traffickers of false information from its platform in the wake of the violence at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, the impact went beyond the silencing of those users. A new study found that the crackdown by Twitter also significantly reduced the number of misinformation posts by users who stayed on the platform but had been following those who were kicked off.

  • DISINFORMATIONJoint Efforts Needed to Combat Disinformation

    By Janosch Delcker

    The spread of fake news is destabilizing societies and fueling anti-democratic movements around the world. Collaborative efforts are needed to tackle the problem, says a new report.

  • ARGUMENT: THE LIMITS OF CYBERWARFARECyber Conflict and Subversion in the Russia-Ukraine War

    The Russia-Ukraine war is the first case of cyber conflict in a large-scale military conflict involving a major power. Over the years, Russia-sponsored hacking groups have adapted their tradecraft to the war setting. “Contrary to cyberwar fears, most cyber operations remained strategically inconsequential,” Lennart Maschmeyer writes. “The case of Ukraine illustrates not only the limitations of cyber operations but also the relative superiority of old-school means of subversion.”

  • TRUTH DECAYThe ‘Dead Internet Theory’ Makes Eerie Claims About an AI-run Web. The Truth Is More Sinister

    By Jake Renzella and Vlada Rozova

    Is most of the content on the internet fake? Here’s what the dead internet theory really means – and why we should be warier of how we’re manipulated for profit and political gain.

  • WIRELESS NETWORK SECURITYDiscovery Highlights ‘Critical Oversight’ in Perceived Security of Wireless Networks

    By Marcy de Luna

    Researchers have uncovered an eavesdropping security vulnerability in high-frequency and high-speed wireless backhaul links, widely employed in critical applications such as 5G wireless cell phone signals and low-latency financial trading on Wall Street.

  • CHINA WATCHChina Turns to Private Hackers as It Cracks Down on Online Activists on Tiananmen Square Anniversary

    By Christopher K. Tong

    Chinese authorities restrict the flow of information online by banning search terms, scanning social media for subversive messages and blocking access to foreign media and applications that may host censored content. Control of online activity is particularly stringent around the anniversary of the protests at Tiananmen Square in 1989 that ended with a bloody crackdown on demonstrators by troops on June 4 of that year.