Josephine Wolff

Cybersecurity Initiative Fellow

Josephine Wolff was a Class of 2016 & 2017 Cybersecurity Initiative Fellow. She will write a book about a series of cybersecurity incidents over the course of the past decade, tracing their economic and legal aftermath and their impact on the current state of technical, social, and political lines of defense. She received her PhD from MIT in 2015 and is joining the Rochester Institute of Technology faculty in the public policy and computing security departments. She is also a faculty associate at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Her writing has appeared in Slate, The Atlantic, Scientific American, The New Republic, Newsweek, and The New York Times Opinionator blog. She has an AB in mathematics from Princeton University.

All Work

The Real Reasons Why Cybercrimes May Be Vastly Undercounted

Crimes that target victims online might be soaring. But law enforcement agencies aren't keeping up.

How Worried Should We Really Be About Security Firm Kaspersky Lab’s Ties to Russia?

Josephine Wolff wrote for the Slate Future Tense blog on the existence -- if any -- of Kaspersky Lab's ties to the Russian government:

Exactly How Stupid of an Idea Is a U.S.-Russia Cybersecurity Unit?

Josephine Wolff wrote for the Slate Future Tense blog on the ill-advised idea of creating a joint U.S.-Russia cybersecurity unit.

Eastern European Countries Are Getting Very Good at Responding to Cyberattacks

Josephine Wolff wrote for Slate about Estonia's and Ukraine's strong responses to cyberattacks.

The Main Revelation from the GOP Data Firm’s Leak? Political Data Is Vastly Overvalued.

Josephine Wolff wrote for Slate on the data leakage from Deep Root Analytics, firm that compiled voter data for the RNC.

Comey Leaves Behind an FBI With More Technical Expertise—and Less Technical Credibility

He badly misjudged public perception of the bureau’s use of technology.

The FBI Relied on a Private Firm’s Investigation of the DNC Hack—Which Makes the Agency Harder to Trust

Josephine Wolff wrote for Slate about the FBI relying on a private firm, CrowdStrike, in probing the DNC.

Someone Set Off All of Dallas’ Tornado Sirens Over the Weekend. But Was It a Hack?

Josephine Wolff wrote for Slate's Future Tense about the security breach on 156 tornado sirens in Dallas.

Congress Will Let Internet Providers Sell Your Data—So Rebels Devised A Way To Fool Corporation

Josephine Wolff writes for NextGov about Internet providers ability to sell consumers' data.

Why We Need to Be Much More Careful About How We Use the Word Cyberattack

Josephine Wolff writes for Future Tense in Slate about the inaccurate usage of the term cyberattack.

No One Should Give In to Cyber Extortion Unless It’s a Life or Death Situation

Josephine Wolff writes for Slate about online extortion.

Cloud Computing Makes the Internet More Reliable and Secure, Except When It Doesn’t

Josephine Wolff writes for Slate about the centralized vulnerability of cloud computing services