Let’s have an honest conversation about Huawei

On May 29, I attended an AEI event on “International economics and securing next-generation 5G wireless networks,” with Ambassador Robert Strayer, who heads the US State Department’s CIP team. But the focus of the talk was not really on 5G security, international trade or 5G development. In fact, there was no constructive agenda at all. The talk was an extended attack on China and the Chinese-based telecommunications...
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Just the facts? Building an independent attribution institution

The Swiss-based advocacy organization ICT4Peace held a workshop late last month to discuss ongoing efforts to build an independent network of organizations engaged in attribution activities. There were approximately two dozen attendees, from US and European universities (including Georgia Tech’s IGP), industry, a handful of European government agencies, and a...

The Summer of routing leaks, and good MANRS

The routing of Internet packets is one of the most important Internet governance issues you have probably never heard of. Yet Internet routing security made the popular press this summer. Two events in particular were noteworthy: Swiss-based operator Safe Host improperly updated its routers and advertised BGP routes to its...

A closer look at the “sovereign Runet” law

In December 2018, a bill on the "stable operation" of the Russian segment of the Internet was introduced and got the title “Sovereign Runet" in mass media and among the public. It was adopted after 5 months later, despite doubts about the technical feasibility of its implementation. The law is very ambitious in its intent to simultaneously control...

IGP White Paper: Understanding Russia’s “National Internet”

Not a day goes by without hearing that Russia wants to nationalize the Internet, fragment the Internet or block its citizens' access to the global Internet. Just yesterday, media sources announced that Russia will be testing its Internet shut down capabilities, which is a rather inaccurate account of Russia’s move...

The folly of treating routing hijacks as a national security problem

A recent paper in the journal Military Cyber Affairs, co-authored by researchers at U.S. Naval War College and Tel Aviv University, details how four BGP hijacks occurring between 2016-2017 took place, re-routing potentially sensitive Internet traffic through China. It made the rounds, promoted by some threat intelligence company and cybersecurity...
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Research on public attribution of state-sponsored attacks

I’ve recently returned from the Cybersecurity and Cyberconflict: State of the Art Research Conference, organized by Dr. Myriam Dunn Cavelty and her colleagues at the Center for Security Studies, ETH, in Zürich, Switzerland. The conference brought together a mix of scholars researching “the strategic (mis)use of cyberspace by state and...