At a glance.
- Authorities interrupt Internet service in Myanmar, India.
- EU works on data-transfer agreements with UK, US.
- Distinguishing acts of espionage from acts of war.
Governments switching off the Internet.
CNN reports that Internet access has been cut off in a number of areas around New Delhi as protests over new agricultural laws intensify. The Ministry of Home Affairs justified the decision as “in the interest of maintaining public safety and averting public emergency." Others are decrying the action as “undemocratic.”
CyberScoop says Myanmar appears to have restricted Internet access as well in the wake of yesterday’s coup, with the “disruption pattern” indicating “a centrally issued blackout order.” Telephone communications and government media outlets were reportedly also suspended. The Biden Administration denounced the moves and threatened sanctions.
EU workshops data transfer agreements with US, UK.
Following Brexit and an EU court decision overturning an existing US data flow accord, the EU, UK, and US are hammering out new GDPR-compliant arrangements, the Wall Street Journal reports. International businesses are hanging in the balance, with US intelligence collection customs tipping the scales.
Opinions: Cyber violence is not the answer to Solorigate.
SC Media advises firms impacted by Solorigate to focus on swapping intel with the Government and bolstering defenses through virtual checks and balances (for example, using one provider for a service and another to monitor that service for aberrations)—not on confronting Huggy Bear mano a mano. Retaliation may seem tempting, but as one expert put it, “It is the equivalent of…deciding to go punch a bear in the face that just stole your picnic basket.” Another proposed fix SC Media rejects as an empty handshake is a cyber Geneva Convention.
While offensive actions are the province of the Government, they may be unwise in this case. GCN says US President Biden is under pressure to “respond forcefully,” and is weighing retaliative measures, but sanctions and counter-attacks haven’t worked to deter hackers in the past, and can escalate the conflict and harm the initiating country. Instead, GCN recommends building for resilience.
A C4ISRNET editorial reminds readers of the difference between espionage and cyberattacks, which disrupt, degrade, or destroy systems. US presidents have never considered incidents of espionage acts of war. That said, Russia may now have “enormous advantage in negotiations, defense planning, policy formation, foreign affairs and intelligence,” and it’s concerning that cyberspace has given authoritarian regimes a leg up on the global stage.