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Attribution from Behind the Veil of Ignorance

| November 13, 2016

Unlike your creative writing professor, an entreaty for a suspension of disbelief is not a term of endearment to a cybersecurity practitioner.

In fact, such language in this social clique is downright indecent. But to cyber constructivists like former Director of National Intelligence and the National Security Agency, Mike McConnell, attribution systems prove an exception to the rule.

In a 2010 Washington Post article, McConnell boldly asserted that: "[W]e need to reengineer the Internet to make attribution . . . who did it, from where, why and what was the result — more manageable. The technologies are already available from public and private sources and can be further developed if we have the will to build them into our systems and to work with our allies." Thus, if a new attribution system could indeed be readily implemented, how might it look from a security culture and social justice standpoint?...

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For Academic Citation: Malekos Smith, Jessica.“Attribution from Behind the Veil of Ignorance.” The National Interest, November 13, 2016.