Russian Hacking: What Do We Know and How Is This Different?

Date and Times: 
Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm

University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue Teplitz Memorial Courtroom
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

This event will be livestreamed below at 1:30 p.m., February 2, 2017

During and after the U.S. presidential election, the subject of Russian hacking has dominated the news. What is the extent of Russian activities in cyberspace? What is the historical context behind these activities? What differences exist between U.S. and Russian views on the use of cyber tools? How should the U.S. and other countries respond? Join a panel of experts, led by former U.S. attorney David J. Hickton, head of the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy and Security, for a dynamic discussion of these issues.


  • Andrei Soldatov, Russian investigative journalist and security services expert, coauthor of The Red Web: The Struggle Between Russia’s Digital Dictators and the New Online Revolutionaries, cofounder and editor of

  • Ellen Nakashima, national security reporter, The Washington Post.

  • Luke Dembosky (JD ’94), Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Practice; former Deputy Assistant Attorney General for National Security; and former U.S. Department of Justice representative at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia.

  • Keith Mularski, Supervisory Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation (Pittsburgh Division), and lead investigator of numerous highprofile cybercrime cases.

To learn more about the panelists, visit:

Welcome and Introduction by Patricia E. Beeson, Senior Vice Chancellor and Provost, and Patrick Gallagher, Chancellor, University of Pittsburgh.

Moderator: David J. Hickton, Director, University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy and Security, and former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

This event is part of the “University Forum on Current Issues” series, designed to engage the Pitt community in respectful and civil discussions about today’s most vital issues. Each forum will aim to incorporate a broad set of perspectives that will allow for a deeper understanding of challenging current affairs.

Attendees to this event should RSVP below by January 27, 2017.

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