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    Heritage's Carafano Chosen for South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference

    Heritage’s James Carafano, Vice President for Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, has been chosen to speak on cybersecurity and cyber warfare at the acclaimed South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Conference in Austin, Texas in early 2014. SXSW is the premier tech and social media event in the country, where thousands … More

    Morning Bell: Keeping Americans Safe Online

    Everything we do is online. If you’ve been the victim of identity theft or an email phishing scam, you know how quickly your personal data can be stolen or threatened. It’s important to know the difference between types of cyber threats and the right approach to fighting them. There are … More

    Tactical Cyber Offensive Is In Play

    In a rare, open moment for a senior cyber official, Marine Lieutenant General Richard P. Mills recently discussed cyber operations that can only be labeled tactical and offensive. Given the ongoing debate about any cyber operations beyond pure defense (even so-called “active defense” is seen by some as a non-starter), … More

    Syrian Hackers Undermine Media Integrity

    On August 3, the Syrian Electronic Army hacked into Reuters’s blogging site and published a fake interview with a Syrian rebel leader, saying his troops were withdrawing from the city of Aleppo following devastating loss of life. As Aleppo has been a center of the struggle between the Syrian military … More

    #Kony

    A 30-minute documentary on the Lord’s Resistance Army, a violent militia in Uganda led by the outlaw Joseph Kony, has gone viral. A day after it was published on YouTube, it had logged 32 million views. In contrast, the Dr. Suess movie The Lorax, which by Hollywood standards had “huge … More

    Syria’s (Literal) Information Warfare

    To hide its myriad of other crimes, the Syrian government is determined to prevent news of its atrocities against its own citizens from getting out. Journalists claim that this week they were deliberately targeted by troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and they have released videos pleading for help. … More

    The Incredible Scale of the Internet

    Sometimes my friends and colleagues wonder why I fixate on cybersecurity and the Internet. I tell them all the time that it is the single most important and misunderstood problem in the world today, but often I don’t think they understand the scale of the problem. So it was fascinating … More

    Stuxnet Computer Virus: Harbinger of Things to Come

    As the ball dropped in Times Square and bells across the globe rang in the new year, the cyber world reminded us, yet again, that the new year brings significant new challenges. To recap quickly, Stuxnet was a wild, malicious computer virus that infected the Iranian nuclear program, causing the … More

    Morning Bell: Time for America to Get Cyber-Serious

    In the 1995 movie The Net, Sandra Bullock fights computer hackers attempting to cyber-sabotage her life. The hackers successfully change her identity, manipulate U.S. markets, and access the private personal data of U.S. officials. While the clunky looking computers, cell phones, and storyline in the movie are joked about today, … More

    PODCAST: Cyber Attacks Constitute Acts of War

    In a new Heritage in Focus, Heritage visiting fellow Paul Rosenzweig discusses cyber warfare. Click here to listen. Cyber attacks now constitute an act of war. Computer infrastructure plays an ever-larger part of our lives, from power grids to defense systems. Sabotaging it is unacceptable, as the recent revelation by … More