Just two days after his Jan. 10 farewell speech, the Obama administration granted sweeping surveillance powers to the incoming Trump presidency – dramatically expanding 17 government agencies legal authority to spy on US citizens.
While it's unknown if the Facebook check-in campaign to support pipeline protesters at the Standing Rock is effective, it shows protesters are pushing back against online surveillance.
The recent cyberattack that crippled much of the web last week took advantage of vulnerabilities in home products connected to the internet. Fixing those flaws is possible but it requires public action and industry cooperation.
Voter trust is on the line unless the US increases cybersecurity at the polls.
Now that law enforcement has more leeway to hack computers and surveil suspects due to changes in criminal procedure, Congress needs oversee these powers to protect Americans' civil liberties and privacy.
In order to beat malicious hackers, the cybersecurity community must develop innovative approaches for deploying – and automating – offensive strategies to find and fix software vulnerabilities.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration owes it to motorists to set more robust and clearer privacy standards for connected cars.
Police departments' growing use of devices known as "Stingrays" that intercept – and disrupt – people's communications represents a clear danger to Americans' privacy.
Consumers have many questions about safety, cybersecurity, and privacy in the coming fleets of autonomous vehicles. And they want a say in shaping the future of transportation.
During the last two presidential debates, Donald Trump cast doubt on US claims that Russia carried out cyberattacks on political organizations. But without clear evidence from the government, how can the public really be sure it was Moscow?
If the United States does not officially attribute state-sponsored cyberattacks and cedes the field to private companies or other states, it risks losing control of both the narrative about particular cyberattacks and the evolving norms of cyberspace.
In the final stretch of the presidential campaign, there's growing concern hackers could strike on Election Day. But while there are concerns about cybersecurity at polling places, altering an election is another matter altogether.
In light of the Yahoo breach, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton owe the American public an explanation for how they'll protect their personal data.
The 'Snowden' biopic is reviving the global privacy debate. But for anyone who thinks it's dead, the notion that individuals want control over their personal information is hardly passé.
While Edward Snowden's leaks damaged US national security, the disclosures also led to crucial surveillance reforms. A pardon would signal to the world the US has learned from its mistakes and respects internet freedom, privacy, and human rights.
Whichever candidate wins the election, they'll need to prioritize cybersecurity to defend US government agencies and businesses against relentless hacks. Here's a 12-step plan to get started.
China's growing technological prowess gives it many opportunities to use cybercapabilities to press territorial claims. That's why the US needs sharper policies to counter digital provocations.
A potentially damaging hacking tool revealed in the apparent National Security Agency breach includes a zero-day vulnerability – or previously unknown security hole – in Cisco software. The government should have already disclosed that flaw.