Britain's Information Commissioner issues warning over facial recognition (Computing) Past investigations into the application of live facial recognition tech have found problems in all cases.

Analysis | The Cybersecurity 202: Legal scholars are working on new rules for international hacking conflicts (Washington Post) Countries won’t all abide by the rules. But they could help hacking conflicts from escalating out of control, the lead author says.

NATO Adds Cyber Commitments, Potential Ransomware Response (GovTech) The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) opened the door for cyber attacks to trigger “Article 5” actions. This is a big deal — here’s why.

NATO soliciting industry to beef up internal cyber defenses (C4ISRNet) The alliance plans to procure new cyber defense systems to replace aging platforms, with contracts worth tens of millions of euros coming online before the end of 2021.

Ransomware highlights the challenges and subtleties of cybersecurity (The Economist) Governments want to defend themselves—and attack others | Briefing

Is India Spilling Its State Secrets? (Foreign Policy) The government is declassifying some archives, but it will retain control of public understanding.

Pakistan plans to set up international media channel funded by China to build narrative: Report (India Today) The leaked documents that Indian agencies have laid their hands on from Pakistan's security establishment show that Pakistan wants to collaborate with China to carry out an information war campaign globally, with Beijing providing finances and guidance.

How the U.S.-Russia Relationship Got So Bad (Foreign Policy) And why its problems will outlast both presidents.

Real Diplomacy Is a Start, but the US Needs to Make Putin Pay (Wired) Biden's summit with Putin marked a quantum leap forward, but there's still little standing in the way from Russia interfering in future US elections.

Biden Tells Putin To Crack Down On Ransomware. What Are The Odds He Will? (Georgia Public Broadcasting) The president says the U.S. will respond if it keeps getting hit with cyberattacks linked to Russia. But Putin has shown little interest in combatting cyber crimes called ransomware-as-a-service.

Biden’s Cyber Red Line Is Prime for Putin Challenge, Experts Say (Bloomberg) Issue for U.S. president is finding proportional response. Previous U.S. efforts at deterrence haven’t slowed attacks.

The Problem With Biden’s Red Line to Putin on Cyberattacks (Bloomberg) A list of 16 “untouchable” entities raises the question of whether other targets are fair game.

Schiff says U.S. should go "on offense" in response to cyberattacks (CBS News) Cybersecurity was a key topic during President Biden's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Will Putin's hackers launch a cyber Pearl Harbor—and a shooting war? (Newsweek) As cyber criminals linked to Russia increase their attacks on U.S. targets, there's a rising risk the next big strike could trigger a war—and not the virtual kind, but one involving troops, tanks, missiles and, in the worst-case scenario, even nuclear weapons.

We may know if the lights flicker off in Moscow (KPCNews) After the City of Gary was hit with a cyber ransomware attack, it had to rebuild its servers. LaPorte County ended up paying cyber criminals $132,000 after it was hit

It's well past time for strategic defenses and counterpunches on cybersecurity (TheHill) Vladimir Putin’s Russia will continue to press an asymmetric advantage in this equally critical national security domain until successfully deterred by stronger and more layered U.S. cyber defenses, combined with more potent and persuasive U.S. cyber counterpunches.

Geopolitics dents the internet (Reuters) The internet is famously a hodge-podge of government, private-sector and hybrid assets. The stalemate over a project to connect several Pacific Islands underlines one of many potential stumbling blocks: geopolitics.

The US Government Is Finally Moving at the Speed of Tech (Wired) Lina Khan’s ascendance to the top of the FTC, and a set of bipartisan antitrust proposals, shows just how much has changed in Washington—and how suddenly.

Lobbyists for Silicon Valley Giants Like Facebook Find Glory Days Are Over (Wall Street Journal) Lobbyists representing large tech companies such as Facebook are facing a tough crowd in Congress and the White House.

The Cybersecurity 202: The race is on to make hacked companies more accountable to government. (Washington Post) Lawmakers are taking their first stab at requiring far more companies to tell the government when they’re hacked.

Lawmakers rally around cyber legislation following string of attacks (TheHill) Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are scrambling to introduce legislation to address a devastating spike in ransomware and other cyberattacks on critical organizations such as Colonial Pipeline and JBS USA.

Senate Approves Chris Inglis as National Cyber Director (BankInfoSecurity) The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved Chris Inglis as national cyber director. He assumes the role as the country is still reeling from a series of ransomware

Security-Hersteller bleiben hart: Der Staatstrojaner ist auch nur eine Malware (Channel Partner) Die Bundesregierung hat einen weiteren Anlauf für einen Staatstrojaner gemacht. Security-Hersteller kritisieren die Bemühungen als unangemessen. Die sind aber zuversichtlich, dass ihre Produkte damit unternommene Ausspähversuche ohnehin abwehren.

Ransomware gangs get paid off as officials struggle for fix (Washington Post) If your business falls victim to ransomware and you want simple advice on whether to pay the criminals, don’t expect much help from the U.S. government. The answer is apt to be: It depends.

Hit by a ransomware attack? Your payment may be deductible (AP NEWS) As ransomware attacks surge, the FBI is doubling down on its guidance to affected businesses: Don't pay the cybercriminals.

Colorado Adds Wrinkle To Emerging State Privacy Law Quilt (Law360) Colorado is on the brink of becoming the third U.S. state to enact comprehensive consumer privacy legislation, a move that's set to throw a curveball at companies' compliance plans and give further ammunition to the push for a unified nationwide framework.

Baltimore May Soon Ban Facial Recognition for Everyone but Cops (Wired) The measure would make private use of the technology illegal but would not apply to police. It awaits the mayor's signature.

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Nominations to senior US cybersecurity posts. Cyber retaliation and cyber deterrence.

Source:Cyber Wire

Nominations to senior US cybersecurity posts. Cyber retaliation and cyber deterrence.

Attribution of three cyberespionage campaigns. Mixed signals on ransomware response.

Source:Cyber Wire

Attribution of three cyberespionage campaigns. Mixed signals on ransomware response.