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23 June 2021 - 23 June 2021

Technology & Society: Cybersecurity- Combating Cyber Attacks Across Borders

  • Zoom
  • 18:00 - 19:30 BST
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Join us for a captivating conversation with John Demers, Fernanda Domingos, Chimène Keitner (Maritimes & New College 1996), and Tarah Wheeler and on cross-border cyber threats, the new frontier where the challenges of national security, international law, privacy, and human rights collide. On May 7, 2021, for the first time in its history, Colonial Pipeline had to shut down the entirety of its gasoline pipeline system. The US-based company had come under a ransomware attack. Hackers had infiltrated the systems, stolen data, and were demanding millions of dollars in ransom. Within days, fuel shortages hit gasoline stations across the East Coast. Less than a month later, the largest beef provider in the US was also hit with a ransomware attack, forcing all its US facilities to shut down. Incidents like these that threaten critical infrastructure and our ability to go about our everyday lives raise important policy questions. How do we hold the perpetrators accountable for cyberattacks that can crisscross borders so easily? Where do we draw the lines between cybercrime and cyberespionage? Is international law up to the task of confronting this new and burgeoning threat? And what are the implications for privacy and human rights?

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