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Meet the Nuclear Sleuths Shaking Up U.S. Spycraft

January 2022

Armed with Internet connections rather than security clearances, scholars, hobbyists and conspiracy peddlers are forcing intelligence agencies to rethink how they do business.

Herbert Lin On Cyber Threats And Nuclear Weapons

January 2022

In this Q&A, Lin discusses his recently released book Cyber Threats and Nuclear Weapons. He explains that until this publication, the literature about cyber technology’s impact on the nuclear...

China’s Fake Twitter Accounts Are Tweeting Into the Void

December 2021

China’s state-linked influence operations get very little engagement on Twitter.

Responding to Fischerkeller on Initiative Persistence

December 2021

I have struggled to find something with which I disagree in Michael Fischerkeller’s response to my thought experiment adopting the 2018 U.S. Cyber Command (USCC) Command Vision. A couple of such...

Interview: Stanford’s Herbert Lin on “Cyber Threats and Nuclear Weapons”

November 2021

Much of the technology now controlling US nuclear weapons was produced before the rise of the Internet. Newer technology will improve aspects of command, control, and communications related to the US...

US Global Ransomware Summit: More Needs to be Done

November 2021

The US Justice Department’s arrest of several affiliates of the Russian-speaking REvil ransomware group comes a month after Washington hosted a virtual international summit on ransomware attacks. The...

What a house cat can teach us about cybersecurity

November 2021

The nation spends billions of dollars on cybersecurity measures, and yet we seem unable to get ahead of this problem. Why are our computers so hard to protect? An experience with a house cat...

Black Shadow & the Future of Cyberwarfare

October 2021

The Jerusalem Press Club speaks to cybersecurity expert Dr. Gil Baram about the impact and significance of the Iranian-affiliated hackers' maneuver against a number of Israeli companies on...

C.I.A. Director William Burns Encourages Students to Pursue Public Service with Humility and Open Minds

October 2021

Director Burns shared how he is applying the lessons he learned as a diplomat to make the intelligence community an effective organization for the challenges facing policymakers today.

A Hypothetical Command Vision Statement for a Fictional PLA Cyber Command

October 2021

In 2018, U.S. Cyber Command released its Command Vision statement, advancing “defend forward” and “persistent engagement” as new elements in the United States’ approach to advancing its security...

The nation’s last line of defense is controlled by really, really old technology

October 2021

The oldest information system the government operates might also be the most crucial one. No, not the IRS master file system. It’s the technology that controls nuclear weapons. It dates to the 1950s...

The Standstill Conundrum: The Advent of Second-Strike Vulnerability and Options to Address It

October 2021

Emerging and disruptive technologies spell an uncertain future for second-strike retaliatory forces. New sensors and big data analysis may render mobile missiles and submarines vulnerable to...

U.S., Allies Seek Ways To Combat Ransomware As Online Attacks Proliferate

October 2021

The more countries involved in the discussion, the better but in the end you want to have global controls on cryptocurrency redemption.

‘It’s quite feasible to start a war’: just how dangerous are ransomware hackers?

August 2021

The Russian government has an arrangement w/cyber-mobs who are active outside Russia: if you hack a Russian system, you’re in trouble. “My guess is that Putin gets a cut,” Herb Lin says.

Can Biden Do Anything to Stop Ransomware Attacks?

July 2021

Christopher Painter explains why the emerging pattern of ransomware attacks needs to be addressed at a political level – both domestically and internationally – and not be treated solely as a...

The U.S. says it can answer cyberattacks with nuclear weapons. That’s lunacy.

July 2021

Over the July 4 weekend, the Russian-based cybercriminal organization REvil claimed credit for hacking into as many as 1,500 companies. In May, another cybercriminal group, DarkSide shut down most of...

Software as a Disservice? Security Shortcuts Are Exposing Computers to Hackers

July 2021

A problem for investors is that companies don’t have proper incentives for preventing attacks. Herb Lin, cyber policy and security scholar at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, said companies...

Cyber Risk Across the U.S. Nuclear Enterprise

June 2021

As the United States embarks on an effort to modernize many elements of its nuclear enterprise, it needs to consider how dependencies on modern information technologies could lead to cyber-induced...

Stanford Experts Weigh In on What to Expect at the Biden-Putin Summit

June 2021

Scholars at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies hope that President Joe Biden’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin will lay the groundwork for negotiations in the near...

Navigating Chinese Investment, Trade, and Technology: The New Economy Conference

June 2021

Ambassador Craig Allen, David Cheng, James Green, and Anja Manuel explore the role of Chinese economic activity in California in the context of the greater US-Chinese relationship.

US Slaps Russia With Sanctions Plus For SolarWinds Hack

April 2021

The White House Executive Order comes on the same day that CISA and CNMF issue SolarWinds-related malware analysis and NSA-CISA-FBI issue a joint advisory warning of ongoing SVR exploitation of known...

Partner, Competitor, and Challenger: Thoughts on the Future of America’s China Strategy

April 2021

Ryan Hass, Michael H. Armacost Chair in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution, discusses the future of US-China relations. Can we find room for cooperation in this contentious...

Stanford’s Lin says new Aspen disinformation commission will wrestle with ‘how to incentivize doing the right thing'

March 2021

Stanford University’s Herb Lin, a member of the Aspen Institute’s new Commission on Information Disorder, says “cyber-enabled information warfare” poses an existential threat that in many ways defies...

Why America will never be safe from cyberattacks

March 2021

The U.S. government is still managing the fallout from two separate, massive cyberattacks linked to Russian and Chinese hackers, with a White House task force meeting this past Monday to probe the...

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rsd18 083 0009a Alex Stamos Director, Stanford Internet Observatory
Dr. Thomas Fingar Thomas Fingar Lecturer at APARC
rsd19 072 0081a Harold Trinkunas Senior Research Scholar
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Women looking straight forward Amy Zegart Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
cain Bruce E. Cain Affiliated Faculty, CDDRL Professor, Humanities and Sciences, Professor, Political Science
Andrew Grotto Andrew Grotto Director, Program on Geopolitics, Technology, and Governance
Herb Lin Herbert Lin Senior Research Scholar
headshot 3 Nathaniel Persily Co-director, Cyber Policy Center, Senior Fellow Professor, Law, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science, Professor, by courtesy, Communication
Dan Boneh Dan Boneh Co-director, Cyber Policy Center Professor, Electrical Engineering
Alex Zaheer Headshot Alex Zaheer Graduate Research Assistant Technical Research Assistant
Camila Simoiu Camelia Simoiu PhD Candidate, Management Science & Engineering