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Meet Flame: Wired

On 5/28, Kim Zetter wrote for Wired and introduced us to the newest piece of sophisticated malware: Flame.  According to the article, Flame is a "massive, highly sophisticated piece of malware" that functions as a cyber espionage tool.  Kaspersky Lab discovered Flame trolling around in Iran, Lebanon, the Israeli occupied territories, Sudan, and Syria.  Oh, […]

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Al Qaeda Video Calls for ‘Electronic Jihad’: ABC News

On 5/22, Jack Cloherty reported for ABC News on a new Al Qaeda video urging electronic jihad against the U.S.  According to the article, the Al Qaeda video called upon covert mujahidin to target U.S. critical infrastructure with cyberattacks.  The FBI apparently found the video last year.

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May 22nd, 2012 cyber attack, Cyber Jihad

China is a lead cyberattacker of US military computers, Pentagon reports: CSM

On 5/18, Anna Mulrine reported for the Christian Science Monitor on a new DoD report on China.  According to the CSM, that DoD report stated that China is behind "many of the cyberattacks on US military computer systems . . . ."  The report explained that China is looking to acquire better offensive cyber weapons […]

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May 19th, 2012 cyber attack, warfare

White House’s cybersecurity official retiring: WashPo

On 5/16, Ellen Nakashima reported for the Washington Post on how Howard Schmidt, the White House's cybersecurity coordinator, is stepping down from the position at the end of this month.  Over his 2.5 year tenure, Schmidt oversaw the creation of the administration's international strategy for cyberspace, the administration's proposal for cybersecurity legislation, and the National […]

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May 18th, 2012 Current Affairs, White House

Cyber Roundup (5/15): Gen. Cartwright says U.S. must strut cyber might, Pentagon expands the DIB program, and cyber legislation update

A quick survey . . . *** Aliya Sternstein reported for Nextgov on remarks made by Gen. James Cartwright (architect of the DoD's current cyber strategy) concerning cybersecurity.  Notably, Gen. Cartwright argued that the U.S. must deter enemies from attacking U.S. networks by signaling the offensive might of the U.S. cyber arsenal.  The Gen. specifically […]

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Wording in cyberwar bill begs question: Who’s in charge? (CNet)

On 5/11, Elinor Mills wrote a very interesting article for CNet on the approval process for U.S. military offensive operations in cyberspace.  The Washington Post previously hinted that the new rules of engagement for offensive U.S. military cyberattacks would require presidential approval.  However, according to the CNet article, there is ambiguity in the language of […]

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May 13th, 2012 Cyber Command, warfare

Potential China link to cyberattacks on gas pipeline companies: CSM

I don't know if you remember, but the Christian Science Monitor previously reported on how a number of U.S. natural-gas pipeline companies have been suffering a cyberattack.  The cyberattack was more of your run of the mill spear phising/cyber intrustion campaign that probably every major U.S. company and utility has suffered from.  Nevertheless, DHS got […]

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May 10th, 2012 cyber attack

Cyber Briefings ‘Scare The Bejeezus’ Out Of CEOs, Cybersecurity Firms Ditch Defense And Learn To ‘Hunt’: NPR

Two interesting articles written by Tom Gjelten for NPR . . . The first NPR article concerned the U.S. government's effort to "scare the bejeezus" out of U.S. CEOs.  Apparently top U.S. military officials took CEOs from large U.S. corporations, gave them top-secret clearances for a day, and then showed them some of the cyberweapons […]

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Chinese General Downplays China’s Role in Cyber Attacks: Bloomberg Businessweek

Gopal Ratnam reported for Bloomberg Businessweek on the Chinese defense minister's visit to Washington.  Specifically, General Liang Guanglie talked with SecDef Leon Panetta about cyberattacks.  When questioned about China-based cyberattacks, the Gen. had this to say: I can hardly agree with the proposition that the cyber attacks directed to the United States are directly coming […]

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May 8th, 2012 Cyber Exploitation

Bill Would Have Businesses Foot Cost Of Cyberwar: NPR

On 5/8, Tom Gjelten reported for NPR on the divide between business leaders and national security leaders over cybersecurity legislation.  According to the article, critical infrastructure owners dislike the stricter bills (like the Senate Dem's Cybersecurity Act of 2012, or CSA) because they would put a "vast regulatory structure" in place.  Those private business owners […]

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May 8th, 2012 Legislation

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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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