Analysis | The Cybersecurity 202: White House blocking Congress from auditing its offensive hacking strategy
By Joseph Marks
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) speaks with Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.).
The Trump administration is blocking Congress from auditing a secret hacking policy it has already used
The policy, which loosened the reins on military strikes against U.S.
“Congress needs to understand what that guidance is so we can ensure we are properly
Langevin, who leads House Armed Services Committee's
Previous administrations routinely shared similar documents outlining when and how they'd hack back against adversaries, Langevin told me, but the Trump White House has not relented despite several months of negotiations.
If the administration doesn’t share information about the policy soon, Langevin told me, the group plans to force the president’s hand, demanding the policy's release in an amendment to a must-pass defense policy bill that’s being negotiated now between the House and Senate. The White House declined to comment.
Langevin generally supports the military striking back against government-backed hacking operations from Russia, China, Iran and North Korea, he said, but also warns that Congress must ensure those don’t undermine U.S.
Cyberspace is also a notoriously complicated and shadowy space where any attack the United States launches against an adversary could accidentally ricochet and damage an ally's computer
“As we’re creating a more aggressive strategy in cyberspace, we need to make sure we’re doing it responsibly,” Langevin told me.
Trump's recently-departed National Security Adviser John Bolton, meanwhile, boasted in June that U.S.
The Trump administration has a long history of refusing congressional oversight on issues where lawmakers have accused the president of corruption or mismanagement, but it's comparatively rare for the administration to buck oversight in an area where lawmakers and experts have generally praised the administration’s efforts.
After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) decision to pursue an impeachment inquiry against Trump, though, the administration is unlikely to become more cooperative.
“It does seem a little bewildering that the doctrine hasn’t been shared,” Chris Painter, who was the State Department’s top
“If you cut Congress out completely that takes away a valuable tool not just for
House Armed Services Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and ranking Republican Mac Thornberry (Tex.), who
Smith and Thornberry both declined to comment on their efforts because negotiations with the Senate are ongoing.
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Former secretary of homeland security Tom Ridge.
The New York Times
- The House Committee on House Administration will host an oversight hearing
forthe Federal Election Commission at 9 a.m.
Rogers, former US Navy Admiral, and previous chief of the National
Security Agency, will join University of Virginia's Cyber Innovation and
Society Initiative for its distinguished speaker series at 1 p.m.
inCharlottesville ( livestreamhere).
- Auburn University's Embassy of Estonia in partnership with the Embassy of Estonia and Center for Internet Security will host a forum on securing elections Thursday at 9:30 am in Washington, D.C.
- The House Energy and Commerce Committee will host a hearing to discuss securing America's wireless future and the deployment of 5G communications on Friday at 9:30 am.
- The House Science Committe will host a hearing on "Online Imposters and Disinformation" Thursday at 2 p.m.
- The House Judiciary Committee will host a hearing on securing America's elections at 9am on Friday.