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The Slippery Slope of Creating an iPhone Backdoor

By   /  March 27, 2016  /  Counterterrorism, Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Law & Policy, Fourth Amendment, National Security Law, Trending Topics  /  No Comments

By Gregory Coutros The FBI’s request that Apple provide an electronic backdoor into the iPhone used by the San Bernardino shooters is, on its face, a reasonable request. The government’s need to access the phone is undoubtedly important for national security so as to protect against terrorist attacks similar to the San Bernardino shooting. The […]

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Backdoors: National Security versus the Fourth Amendment

By   /  March 3, 2016  /  Counterterrorism, Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Law & Policy, Fourth Amendment, National Security Law, Trending Topics  /  No Comments

As citizens of the United States, we rely on our nation’s foundation of rights as defined by the Constitution. These fundamental rights are guaranteed us, and these rights are protected and enforced by our Government – but what happens when it is the Government that is testing the boundaries of one of those rights, namely, […]

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The White House’s Cybersecurity National Action Plan and What it Could Mean to the States

By   /  March 3, 2016  /  Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Law & Policy, International Law, International Security, National Security Law  /  No Comments

President Obama recently released the White House’s Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP) last Tuesday.[1] After a hacker released a statement last Monday that he is planning to dump thousands of FBI and DHS employee details[2], the release of the CNAP comes none too soon. The President’s plan outlines the formation of a new commission, a […]

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iConstitution: How Apple is using the Constitution as a basis for its argument against the FBI

By   /  March 1, 2016  /  Cyber-surveillance, Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Law & Policy, Fifth Amendment, First Amendment, National Security Law, News & Events, Pending Cases, Trending Topics  /  No Comments

It’s quite difficult to imagine exactly what the Framers of the Constitution would think of the construal of their document to protect the locked-away iMessages and data of the San Bernardino terrorists. Yet, the principles of the Constitution that Apple is using to rebut the arguments of the FBI protect the rights of the individual […]

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Cyber Security Threats Offer New Legal Challenge to Holding Spies Responsible for Espionage

By   /  January 6, 2016  /  IP, Trending Topics  /  No Comments

In December 2014, naturalized US citizen Mostafa Ahmed Awwad was arrested by the FBI for attempting to sell blueprints of the US Navy’s brand-new nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford.[1] Awwad, a former Egyptian citizen and engineer in the Nuclear Engineering and Planning Department of the massive Norfolk Naval Shipyard, had a Secret […]

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