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John Carlin Discusses the Latest Threats of Global Cyber Attacks on CBS's 60 Minutes

CBS's 60 Minutes

30 Apr 2019

Morrison & Foerster partner John Carlin, the former top national security lawyer for the Department of Justice, was recently featured on CBS’s 60 Minutes. John spoke to 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl for a report drawn from a chapter of his book Dawn of the Code War on “The Growing Partnership Between Russia’s Government and Cybercriminals.” He provided an in-depth analysis as to why Russian intelligence agencies are piggybacking off the cybercriminal enterprise and recalled the exploits of two Russian hackers— both hackers are among the FBI’s most wanted cybercriminals today.

60 Minutes also published a related online feature piece, using John as the sole spokesperson, headlined “Assessing the Threats in the New Code War.” In this exclusive feature, John discusses how a new war, the “Code War,” is taking place online, telling Ms. Stahl that “We're in a new world, and just like the Cold War, it may not be a hot theater of combat. But day in, day out, we're under attack.”

John’s recently published book, Dawn of the Code War, describes the inside story of how the United States is learning to fight back against its adversaries after the launch of a cyberwar. The book is a first-hand account based on Mr. Carlin’s over 15-year career as a senior federal government official where he served as Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice’s National Security Division and Chief of Staff to then FBI Director Robert Mueller. In his practice at Morrison & Foerster, Mr. Carlin regularly counsels industry-leading organizations in sensitive cyber, privacy, and other national security matters including the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), internal investigations, and government enforcement actions.



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