Facebook Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos will leave his role at the company this month for a position as adjunct professor at Stanford’s Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI). According to a Facebook post by Stamos, he plans to research cybersecurity, misuse of technology and the spread of misinformation, particularly with regard to the upcoming midterm elections, at Stanford.
Johnathan Bowes ’15 and Veronica Anorve ’17 discuss America’s response to North Korea’s alleged cyber attacks on Sony, in response to the interview.
If the latest hacks were truly North Korea’s work, the real change that “The Interview” shows is not North Korean attitudes but North Korean capabilities. While North Korea could not hurt many Americans in previous years – instability in the region was far more likely to impact South Korea and Japan than the United States – cyberwarfare allows nations to attack countries on the opposite end of the globe.
As students in the Silicon Valley it is difficult for us to conceive of a world in which innovation is not rewarded. However, without sufficient action to deter economic espionage, this will increasingly be the reality we face.
The Stuxnet virus that successfully crippled Iran’s nuclear weapons program in June 2010 was a confirmation and demonstration of the increasing abilities and sophistication of cyberwarfare tactics, according to University sources familiar with the subject.