By Farah Pandith, NSI Advisory Board member
Recent years have revealed a scary, dangerous new era in which children have been taught to hate, are recruiting others and are plotting terrorist attacks. While several schemes conceived by young far-right extremists were thwarted, the future may be bleaker. We have missed emerging trends in the past; counterterrorism professionals must urgently renew their vigilance — and implement new countermeasures — over the radicalization of young people in the West and beyond.
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By Daniel Currell, NSI Visiting Fellow
From 1987 through June of 2020, U.S. universities had an obligation under Section 117 of the Higher Education Act (HEA) to publicly report contracts and gifts from foreign sources if they were worth more than $250,000, and those disclosures were made public in full by the U.S. Department of Education (ED). You can still see the old reports here. (Or at least, some of them. The Department now only makes six years of disclosures available to the public, though earlier years were available in the past. …
This week, Les, Jamil, Sarah, and Matthew turn their focus on Biden’s China policy. How is President Biden faring so far? Are China’s environmental sins becoming leverage for relief on other issues, including the crackdowns in Xinjiang and Hong Kong? What should we make of the AUKUS pact and China’s reaction? All these questions and more answered in this week’s Fault Lines.
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By Dmitri Alperovitch, NSI Advisory Board member
The digital scourge known as ransomware — in which hackers shut down electronic systems until a ransom is paid — is worse than ever. Over the past few months, these attacks have leaked sensitive government data, thwarted the operations of hundreds of businesses and even temporarily shut down one of the United States’ biggest oil pipelines. The newest cybergang on the street — Groove, a motley crew of criminals that has already leaked 500,000 private passwords — has taken to threatening President Biden directly. (It’s likely, of course, to be sheer bluster.)
In a world that is always changing, NSI experts offer insight on critical stories in the news. Please continue reading for their take on the most important breaking stories.
Michael Allen, NSI Advisory Board Member, on pausing congressional antitrust push
“The House antitrust package as written handicaps our U.S. innovators while affording more favorable treatment to foreign technology rivals. We’re at a pivotal moment in our strategic competition with China, and a smart regulatory and legislative approach is needed to ensure we maintain our global leadership over China and other foreign adversaries.” Read the full article from Florida Politics here.
By Adam Golodner, NSI Visiting Fellow
On Aug. 25, President Joe Biden met with the CEOs of leading technology and critical infrastructure companies to discuss the importance of strengthening the country’s cybersecurity posture. Leadership from the top is critical — and Biden, the new cyber team at the White House, and the technology CEOs announcing supply chain actions, have all taken another crucial step down the road to reducing unacceptable global cyber risk. All are to be commended.
By NSI Visiting Fellow Sam Curry
Apple issued an emergency update yesterday for a critical vulnerability discovered in its iPhones, Apple Watches, and Mac computers. Researchers at Citizen Lab discovered a no-click zero-day exploit that works on all Apple devices that do not have the latest update.
Citizen Lab first reported a zero-day vulnerability affecting Apple’s iMessage tool back in late August. The flaw was used to surreptitiously push Pegasus spyware onto the Apple devices of unsuspecting targets.
Further research revealed that ForcedEntry can also exploit a weakness in how Apple devices render images — providing another avenue for compromising…
Book review by Joshua C. Huminski, NSI Visiting Fellow
Putin’s Playbook: Russia’s Secret Plan to Defeat America
Understanding one’s adversary and understanding how they perceive the world is critical to making smart policy. Looking at the world from an American perspective alone is insufficient, but also dangerous, subject to all of the logical fallacies inherent to human nature. How we see the world is not how anyone else sees the world — this is true of the English-speaking world, let alone Russia. Too often commentators fall into lazy tropes and clichés about…
By Farah Pandith, NSI Advisory Board member, and Jacob Ware
The anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks provides an important opportunity to reflect, to remember, and to mourn our losses, and the priority on this day should be honoring the victims and supporting their families. But it also offers a chance to review our responses, to gather and assess lessons learned, and to reflect on our own reactions to the tragic events in New York, Washington DC, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. It is an opportunity to see the impact that misguided assumptions, hate, and fear have had on our societies.