Mark Rasch

Cyber Law Editor

Security Current


Stingray Bites

Posted on: 06 Jan 2015

The FBI wants the ability to know the position of every man, woman and child in America without a warrant, without a court order, and without any reason or justification. Well, not every man, woman, and child.  Only those with a cell phone or Internet connected devices.  Oh, and they also want to know what…

Boardroom Lessons Learned From Sony Hack

Posted on: 05 Jan 2015

In the wake of the massive attack on the systems and information at Sony last year, many smart senior executives, C-suite occupants, and Boards of Directors are asking what THEY should do in the coming years as a result of the attacks. The lessons learned run the gamut from “I told you so” to “there but…

National (In)Security

Posted on: 03 Jan 2015

President Obama and Ambassador Susan Rice have both pontificated that the attacks on Sony Corporation Entertainment (SCE) represent a threat to the national security of the United States. Really? More than the hacks on Home Depot, Target, JP Morgan Chase, and the PlayStation and Xbox networks?  How do we decide which hacks are “national” security and…

The Problem With North Korean Sanctions

Posted on: 02 Jan 2015

On January 2, 2015 President Barak Obama first imposed sanctions on North Korea for their alleged participation in the attacks on Sony Pictures Entertainment — that is, if they did it.  This is advertised as the first salvo in what the President promises will be a “proportional” response. These unilateral sanctions have a number of…

Footlong Subs and 16 Gb iPhones

Posted on: 02 Jan 2015

Imagine buying a 1,200 square foot apartment.  There’s a kitchen, 2 lovely bathrooms, two bedrooms with closets, a living room, a family room, and even a small den. But after you buy the apartment, you whip out a tape measure, and after a few calculations, you find that there are only 980 square feet of…

Tis the Season for Christmas Refunds — Many Happy Returns, Or So You Think

Posted on: 29 Dec 2014

So the Christmas shopping season has ended. Now comes the time for many happy returns. Or refunds. But if you made a purchase from Amazon this may be much more difficult than you think. That is, if you think you made a purchase from Amazon. I recently was window-shopping at the Amazon webpage for a…

What If It Wasn’t North Korea?

Posted on: 22 Dec 2014

We all know the headlines.  The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, under the personal direction of Supreme Leader (Dear Leader) Kim Jung-Un, launched a sophisticated and devastating attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), designed to prevent the release of its motion picture “The Interview” which depicted the assassination of the North Korean leader. This attack was…

Force Majeure – Why Sony Doesn’t Want War

Posted on: 19 Dec 2014

So the FBI now concludes that the North Korean government is responsible for attacks on Sony Pictures Entertainment. This conclusion is based on the Bureau’s analysis of the malware (similarities in specific lines of code, encryption algorithms, data deletion methods, and compromised networks used before by North Korea); overlap in hardcoded IP addresses in the malware…

Is North Korea Responsible for the Sony Attack and What Does it All Mean?

Posted on: 18 Dec 2014

Now that Sony Pictures Entertainment has cancelled the release of the movie “The Interview”  (to the chagrin of the Hollywood cognoscenti) the conventional wisdom is that Sony was eye to eye with the enemy, and Sony blinked. Assuming that the attacks on Sony’s infrastructure came from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (an assumption I am not quite…

Are Fines for HIPAA Breaches Effective?

Posted on: 16 Dec 2014

Anchorage Community Mental Health Services (ACMHS) operates a small chain of  5 mental health clinics in and around the Anchorage, Alaska area.  Like other medical facilities, they use computers for the collection, storage and dissemination of information – including patient information. Typical. Like other facilities of its size it probably had an IT department but may or…