Cyber Security & Hacking

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Foreign Policy Playlist Podcast: North Korea and the Billion Dollar Hack

The digital heist that began with the hack of Sony Pictures

A person looks at a Google Earth map of the Middle East at an event at New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art.

Iranian Ransomware Is Coming for the United States

After a year of attacks on Israel, Iran’s hackers have another target.

A law enforcement official listens as U.S. and U.K. officials announce warrants for the arrests of Maksim Viktorovich Yakubets and Igor Olegovich Turashev, two Russian hackers associated with a group called Evil Corp, at the U.S. Justice Department in Washington on Dec. 5, 2019.

Make Russia Take Responsibility for Its Cybercriminals

The United States needs a new legal doctrine to handle state-tolerated attacks.

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After Spike in Ransomware Attacks, U.S. Looks to Go on the Offensive

The Biden administration is circling the wagons to address growing cyberthreats.

A customer scans the Alipay QR payment code at a market in Shanghai on Oct. 27, 2020.

JPMorgan’s Deal With Alipay Will Put the PLA in Your Pocket

Chinese mobile payment apps are a national security threat—but Western financial firms are misguidedly rushing to embrace them.

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Can the World Avoid War in Cyberspace—and in Space?

Billionaire rocket launches and ongoing cyberattacks reveal that, without norms governing conflict, there could be chaos.

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The Hacking War Is an Unequal Contest

U.S. companies are resisting public-private partnerships against cyber-hacking attacks facilitated by foreign governments.

The U.S. and Russian presidents meet.

Putin Is Testing Biden’s Cyber Resolve

New attacks after the Geneva summit were expected. But Washington doesn’t appear to know how to respond yet.

Swiss President Guy Parmelin (C) leads U.S. President Joe Biden (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin to meet media during the U.S.-Russia summit at Villa La Grange on June 16, 2021 in Geneva, Switzerland. Biden is meeting his Russian counterpart, Putin, for the first time as president in Geneva, Switzerland.

Was the Biden-Putin Summit a Success?

The White House set clear red lines on cyberwar, but don’t expect much progress in the months to come.

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Kremlin-Backed Hackers Target U.S. Aid Agency Before Biden-Putin Summit

Email phishing attacks aren’t unusual, but the new breach shows Russia isn’t letting up.

U.S. Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen at a press conference concerning a hacking campaign tied to the Chinese government at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington on  Sept. 16, 2020.

Russia’s Hacking Success Shows How Vulnerable the Cloud Is

The cloud is everywhere. It’s critical to computing. And it’s under attack.

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Cybersecurity Ignorance Is Dangerous

A new book gets the policy recommendations right while making technical errors that could undermine trust in its conclusions.

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Western Powers Need to Get More Creative Against Russia

The Czech Republic’s kerfuffle over diplomats demonstrates the need to think bigger—and smaller—when it comes to responding to cyberattacks.

Kim Jong Un watches intercontinental ballistic missile test-fire.

While North Korean Missiles Sit in Storage, Their Hackers Go Rampant

Pyongyang’s hacker armies have shown a proficiency to finding vulnerabilities and exploiting them—and the world needs to be prepared.

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A ‘Crazy Huge’ Hack

Who was behind the largest-ever cyberattack on the United States—and how can the next one be prevented?

Indian Kashmiri men sit in an internet cafe in Srinagar, India, on April 27, 2017.

Internet Shutdowns Leave Indians Struggling With Everyday Life

Cutting cables has become the Modi government’s favorite tool.

A Brazilian demonstrator takes part in a protest against mandatory COVID-19 vaccination in São Paulo on Dec. 22, 2020.

In Brazil, QAnon Has a Distinctly Bolsonaro Flavor

A deluge of online conspiracy theories is dividing an already polarized country.

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