At a glance.
- Regulation of deep fakes proposed.
- England's High Court overturns Investigatory Powers Tribunal ruling on widespread surveillance.
- Governments look for lessons learned in the aftermath of Solorigate.
CyberScoop says deepfakes can jeopardize public security in addition to personal well-being, describing recent legislation like the IOGAN Act, which the CyberWire previously covered, as a positive step. US states New York, California, Texas, Virginia, and Maryland have passed laws empowering deepfake victims, and this year’s National Defense Authorization Act instructs the Pentagon and Department of Homeland Security to research the technology and its risks. The next step would be direct regulation of deepfakery.
Indiscriminate surveillance prohibited by the High Court of England.
Britain’s High Court handed privacy advocates a win last week, overturning a prior judgment by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal that permitted authorities to surveil broad categories of people via general warrants, according to the Register. Privacy International argued that the law calls for intended targets of equipment interference warrants to be “specified”—in a list, for example—not just “adequately described.” Echoing a familiar crypto wars argument, the court concluded, “The national security context makes no difference as otherwise the courts would sanction wide powers to override fundamental rights,” deciding that warrants must be “sufficiently specific for the property concerned to be objectively ascertainable.” London’s Conservative Government has raised concerns about review courts’ political activism, initiating a formal review of judicial review last year.
Solorigate lessons learned?
Israel Hayom reports that a former Israeli intelligence official thinks Jerusalem’s Cyber Directorate “needs to study every detail” of the Solorigate supply-chain hack. While Israel has invested heavily in defending critical infrastructure, organizations like banks and hospitals require ongoing support, and no organization is immune from attacks. The Directorate audits network activity, but like all agencies, faces finite resources.
Another former official interprets the SVR campaign as a show of force and negotiating chip as a new US Administration assumes power and topics like the Strategic Arms Control Reduction Treaty and German-Russian pipeline come up for discussion. She warned, “If the Russians attacked, they will likely attack in the future.”