Security

An employee works on a laptop at BuzzFeed headquarters, December 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Security Brief: The Mueller Scoop That Wasn’t; McGurk Speaks Out

Special Counsel Robert Mueller issued a rare statement disputing reporting on his investigation, and Trump's former envoy to the anti-Islamic State coalition speaks out.

A billboard advertising Apple's iPhone security is displayed during the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Jan. 7. (David Becker/Getty Images)

Surveillance Is a Tech Problem, but It Requires a Policy Solution

Apple’s former security chief explains why he took a job with the ACLU.

Former journlalist Zhou Yuan—the founder and CEO of Zhihu, a knowledge-sharing platform popular among China’s professional class—speaks during the 5th World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, in Zhejiang province, China, on Nov. 8, 2018.

Once Muckrakers, Now Capitalists

How Chinese journalists traded censorship for the tech boom.

Network cables are seen going into a server in an office building following a cyberattack that affected dozens of countries in Washington, D.C., on May 13, 2017. 
(Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

Can State’s New Cyber Bureau Hack It?

The U.S. State Department is working to stand up a new cybersecurity bureau, but it's hobbled by debates with lawmakers on its purpose and mandate.

An AFP collaborator uses the Chinese app TikTok on Dec. 14, 2018 in Paris. (-/AFP/Getty Images)

ByteDance Can’t Outrun Beijing’s Shadow

The Chinese social media firm is the most valued start-up in the world—but it’s going to hit political walls.

House Intelligence Committee ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) stands next to a photograph of President Donald Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol May 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Security Brief: Trump, Russia Bombshells Shake Washington; Prepping for War with Iran

The FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation targeting the president, Trump seized notes from talks with Putin, and the White House requested military options on Iran.

Mexican drug trafficker Joaquín Guzmán Loera is escorted by marines as he is presented to the press on February 22, 2014, in Mexico City. (Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images)

Spy vs. Spy, El Chapo Edition

Joaquín Guzmán Loera loved spyware—and it ultimately did him in.

U.S. Navy ships attached to the Ronald Reagan and John C. Stennis carrier strike groups transit the Philippine Sea during dual carrier operations on Nov. 18, 2018. (Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kaila V. Peters/U.S. Navy)

Dear Pentagon: It’s Not How Big Your Budget Is. It’s How You Use It.

Arguments about defense spending should be focused on foreign policy and what the military actually wants to do.

Chinese police patrol in front of the Canadian embassy in Beijing on December 14, 2018. (GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)

China Is Shooting Itself in the Foot Over Huawei

Beijing's hostage diplomacy is confirming the West's suspicions.

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis arrives for a closed intelligence briefing at the U.S. Capitol with members of the House of Representatives on December 13, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Security Brief: Pentagon Exodus Continues After Mattis’s Departure

Senior officials head for the exits at Defense Department, Trump walks back Syria withdrawal plans, American Islamic State fighters captured, North Korea turns toward coal.

Nisei Boy Scouts of Troop 41 in Pasadena, California, check maps using compasses as part of a mapmaking project in 1958. (University of Southern California Libraries/Corbis via Getty Images)

Humans Are the Best Security Backup

When the grid goes down, old-fashioned skills save lives.

More than 100,000 shared bikes are piled up in an open space in Xiamen, China, on Jan. 13. (Wang Dongming/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images)

The Rise and Fall of China’s Cycling Empires

China’s bike-sharing firms were supposed to be the next big thing. What happened?

(Etienne Oliveau/Getty Images/Foreign Policy illustration)

Beijing’s Big, Bad Year

Five Reads: The best Foreign Policy stories of 2018 on China.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to members of the U.S. military during an unannounced trip to Al Asad Airbase in Iraq on Dec. 26, 2018. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

In Reversal, Trump Signals Further Boost in Defense Spending

The U.S. president had been calling for cuts in recent months.

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