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When Countries Collide Online: Internet Spies, Cyberwar, and Government-sponsored Skullduggery

Cliff Stoll and Jonathan Zittrain

Monday, February 8, 6:00pm
John Chipman Gray Room, Second Floor of Pound Hall, Harvard Law School (Map)

Free and Open to the Public

 

 

In 1929, Secretary of State Henry Stimson closed the State Department's cryptanalysis department by saying, "Gentlemen don't read each other's mail."

Such kind thoughts towards ones international partners didn't survive long: witness the code breaking of the 1930's and World War II.

For the past quarter century, the Internet has been the playground of government sponsored espionage.  During the cold-war, the nascent Internet attracted such groups such as the KGB and the Stassi.

With the Internet woven into the fabric of all governmental activities, it's not surprising to find many international espionage agencies shadowing targets online and performing remote wiretapping. Occasionally, these break into the news, such as recent cases where the email overseas Chinese dissidents has been targeted by overseas operatives.

How far have these activities gone?  How far might they go?  What are the legal implications of state sponsored network espionage?

Join Cliff Stoll and Berkman Center Faculty Co-director Jonathan Zittrain for a conversation on "When Countries Collide Online".

About Cliff

Although Cliff Stoll's background is in astronomy, he's best known for catching a ring of computer hackers who were spying for the Soviet KGB in the early Internet.

Since then, Cliff has taught physics, written several books, and now  makes Klein Bottles, one-sided mathematical shapes which have zero volume.  He lives in Oakland California with three cats, two kids, and one wife.

About Jonathan

Jonathan Zittrain is a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, a co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and served as its first executive director from 1997-2000.

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Past Event
Monday, Feb 8, 2010
Time
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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