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CRS report provides an extremely helpful research tool

On April 30th, the Secrecy News blog posted a link to an updated Congressional Research Service report on cybersecurity. That report, written by Rita Tehan and titled Cybersecurity: Authoritative Reports and Resources, is an extremely useful research tool for learning more about cybersecurity law and policy. The report covered the following categories: • “Legislation”• “Hearings […]

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Apr 30th, 2012 education

U.S. Congress voices concern over Iran cyber-threat: Haaretz

Natasha Mozgovaya reported for Haaretz on recents comments coming out of two House subcommittees about Iran's cyber capabilities.  According to the article, one House Rep. expressed concern that Iran would reverse engineer Stuxnet and use the virus against U.S. critical infrastructure.  Along the same lines, Rep. Dan Lungren testified that Iran is in the top […]

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Apr 28th, 2012 Stuxnet, warfare

House Passes CISPA: WSJ

On April 27, 2012, Siobhan Gorman reported for the Wall Street Journal on how CISPA, a controversial cybersecurity bill, passed with a 248-168 vote in the House of Representatives.  The bill had pretty solid bipartisan support, with 42 Democrats joining 206 Republicans.  Now the big question is how the Senate will respond.  CISPA looks more […]

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Apr 27th, 2012 Legislation

What Is the Role of Lawyers in Cyberwarfare? ABA Journal

I just want to call your attention to a fascinating article written by Stewart A. Baker and Charles J. Dunlap Jr. for the ABA Journal.  Lawfare spotted this earlier today.  The article lays out a debate between Baker (a D.C. attorney) and Gen. Dunlap (the former deputy judge advocate general of the U.S. Air Force) […]

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Apr 25th, 2012 Criticism, cyber attack, warfare

Cyber Roundup (4/25): Pres. Obama threatens CISPA veto, Al-Qaeda Seeks cyber-attack skills, Russia gathers support for a UN cyber treaty, and Iran’s cyber army

Yet another busy night in cyber news . . . *** Jonathan Allen and Jennifer Martinez reported for Politico on how the Obama administration threatened to veto CISPA if it arrived at the presidents desk in its current form.  Notably, the administration wants to see more privacy protections for users' personal information.  Some House Republicans […]

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Cyber Roundup (4/24): More CISPA, Pentagon pilot program expands, Cyber ROEs, US Cyber Policy review, and cyber theft of corporate intellectual property

A quick survey of today's news . . . *** Gerry Smith reported for the Huffington Post on how the authors of CISPA will amend the bill to address privacy concerns.  Specifically, Rep. Mike Rogers and Dutch Ruppersberger will amend CISPA to limit the federal government's use of information shared through private companies to the […]

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Cyber Roundup (4/23): Cyber week begins, CISPA, should NSA monitor private networks, North Korea’s cyber war, Iran’s cyber culture, and export restrictions on China?

Busy day.  Here's a quick survey . . . *** Brendan Sasso and Andrew Feinberg reported for The Hill on cyber week.  This week is cyber week because the House will vote on four cybersecurity bills: CISPA, amendments to FISMA (providing "stronger oversight of the security of federal computer systems"), the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act (regarding […]

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Iran disconnects oil terminal, other facilities from Internet to avoid malware attack: WashPo/AP

On 4/23, the Washington Post (through an Associated Press report) ran an article on how the Iranian oil ministry and Iran's main oil export terminal suffered a malware attack.  No word on who was behind the attack, and it looks like it just took down a few websites.

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Apr 23rd, 2012 cyber attack

A Divided Congress Confronts A Rising Cyberthreat: HuffPo

This upcoming week (4/23-4/27) has been dubbed cybersecurity week.  That's because CISPA is going to makes its way to the floor of the House.  Expect a lot more coverage of the bill, with about 500 more articles poorly explaining how it eviscerates your privacy rights. If you're looking for a quick overview of the debate, […]

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Apr 22nd, 2012 Legislation

U.S. Web site covering China scandal disrupted by cyberattack: WashPo

On 4/20, Ellen Nakashmia reported for the Washington Post on how hackers have taken down Boxun, a U.S. based website that covered a recent Chinese political scandal.  I blogged about this the other day, but this WashPo article had a few more interesting details.  Notably, Boxun's owner believes that he was targeted by Chinese hackers.  […]

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Professor William Snyder

Professor William C. Snyderis a member of the faculty of the Institute for National Security and Counter-terrorism at Syracuse University after fifteen years with the United States Department of Justice.

Ryan D. White

Ryan D. WhiteRyan is currently a third year law student at Syracuse University College of Law, and is also pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree from Syracuse’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Ryan spent time with Homeland Security Investigations while pursuing his undergraduate degree at Wesleyan University, and spent his first summer of law school as clerk for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of New York. He is a member of Syracuse Law Review, the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and participates in the Veteran’s Legal Clinic. Full biography

Shelby E. Mann

Ryan D. WhiteShelby is a second year law student at the Syracuse University College of Law. During her final year at the University of Missouri, she served as a full-time news producer for ABC 17 News. Shelby spent her first summer of law school at the Shelby County District Attorney General's Office in Memphis, Tenn., in the Public Corruption and Economic Crimes Unit. She is a member of Syracuse Law Review, the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and the senior editor for the Syrian Accountability Project. Full biography

Christopher w. FolkChristopher W. Folk

is a 2017 graduate of SU College of Law. A non-traditional student, Christopher returned to academia after spending nearly twenty years in the high tech industry. Christopher served in the Marine Corps, graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. In Applied Economics and Business Management, attended Northeastern University’s High-Tech MBA Program and received a M.S. In Computer Information Systems. Christopher previously worked in Software Engineering. Christopher is currently serving his second term as Town Justice for the Town of Waterloo. Christopher externed with a Cybersecurity firm in the Washington, D.C. area between his first and second year at SU College of Law. Full biography

Anna Maria Castillo

is 2016 graduate of Syracuse College of Law. She also holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She has interned at a London-based think-tank that specializes in transnational terrorism and global security and at the legal department of a defense contractor. She served as an executive editor in the Syracuse Law Review. Full biography

Jennifer A. CamilloJennifer A. Camillo

is a 2015 graduate of Syracuse College of Law and is a prosecutor. She has served as a law clerk in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York and the Cayuga County District Attorney’s Office and as an extern in the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office. She was a member of the Syracuse National Trial Team and was awarded the Tiffany Cup by the New York Bar Association for her trial advocacy achievements.

Tara J. PistoreseTara J. Pistorese

holds Juris Doctor and Masters of Public Administration degrees from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and its College of Law. She wrote for this blog when a student. She is now a member of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps.

Benjamin Zaiser

is both a scholar and a Federal Agent of the Federal Criminal Police Office of Germany. (Opinions expressed here are his own and not any part of official duty.) Full biography

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