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Chinese Break Into White House Nuclear Network: Washington Free Beacon

Wow. Bill Gertz reports for The Washington Free Beacon that Chinese hackers have broken “into one of the U.S. government’s most sensitive computer networks, breaching a system used by the White House Military Office for nuclear commands . . ..” Apparently the attack happened last month.  The Chinese hackers targeted the White House Military Office.  […]

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WashPo’s Capital Business on cybersecurity

On 9/30, The Washington Post ran a bunch of cyber related stories as part of its Capital Business section.  Here’s Dan Beyers’ quick opening note on “why cybersecurity?”  Take a look below . . . *** Abha Bhattarai reported for The Washington Post on hacking workshops.  Specifically, The InfoSec Institute puts students through “60 hours […]

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Sep 30th, 2012 Current Affairs

Iran touts domestic Internet as Gmail ban rankles – AP

The Associated Press reported on 9/30/12 in an article entitled “Iran touts domestic Internet as Gmail ban rankles” that Iran had blocked access to Gmail.  A few hours later, the same link brings up an article entitled “Iran swipe at Web brings angry reply.”  The second or updated article seems not to be well edited, […]

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Cyber roundup (9/29): China targets Canada, cybersecurity scholarships, and defending the supply chain

Quiet night, a few older articles of note . . . *** Reuters, via The Huffington Post, reported on a new cyberexpolitation campaign against Canadian companies.  These were apparently domestic energy companies.  Two guesses as to who is probably behind the attack . . . *** PhysOrg’s Rob Lever on U.S. cybersecurity scholarships.  Specifically, the […]

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Google exec arrested in Brazil: Time

On 9/27, Sorcha Pollak wrote for Time on the power that governments still wield in cyberspace.  First, a Brazilian court banned YouTube from carrying “The Innocence of Muslims.”  The court ultimately decided that the “need to protect people from ‘actions that might incite religious discrimination’” trumped freedom of expression. Second, another Brazilian court issued an […]

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Sep 29th, 2012 international law

Cyber Roundup (9/27): CyberComm says Chinese targeting Pentagon, Cyberwarfare emerges from the shadows, cyber bringing us back to the dark ages, social engineering, hackers breach Adobe, and much more . . .

Quite a few interesting articles tonight . . . On 9/27, Jim Wolf reported for Reuters on comments by Rear Admiral Samuel Cox, CyberComm’s director of intel, on efforts by the Chinese to penetrate Pentagon computer networks.  Specifically, Admiral Cox said that “[The Chinese] level of effort against the Department of Defense is constant . […]

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Iran Blamed for Cyberattacks against U.S. Banks, Companies

The Washington Post reported that recent cyber strikes on major U.S. banks and companies, such as JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America, were initiated by Iran. The Post further stated that U.S. intelligence and other officials believe the strikes were issued in response to Western economic sanctions imposed on Iranian financial institutions in an effort to cease Iran’s […]

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Sep 26th, 2012 cyber attack

Keeping nukes safe from cyber attack: Foreign Policy

On 9/25, John Reed wrote for Foreign Policy on how the U.S. military is taking steps to protect its nuclear arsenal from cyberattack.  The article referenced a 2010 incident where the U.S. Air Force “lost contact with 50 intercontinental ballistic missiles” and “had a temporary interruption in our ability to monitor one of our missile […]

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Sep 26th, 2012 cyber attack, warfare

Cyber Roundup (9/25): Iran sees cyberattacks as greater threat than actual war, the Arab Electronic Army, Twitter mercs, and more . . .

Quick survey of recent cyber news . . . *** On 9/25, Yeganeh Torbati reported for Reuters on an interesting comment from a Revolutionary Guard deputy commander.  The article quoted said deputy commander as saying: “We have armed ourselves with new tools, because a cyber war is more dangerous than a physical war.” *** PCMag’s […]

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Iranian group accuses ‘Angry Birds Space’ of being latest weapon in cyber war: The Verge

Too good, I just couldn’t resist. According to The Verge’s Brian Crecente, the Iran Computer & Video Games Foundation (such a thing exists?) sent a letter to the developer of the popular Angry Birds game.  What, praytell, did that letter contain?  An accusation that the ninth level contained a planet that looked like Iran.  This […]

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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.

Christopher w. FolkChristopher W. Folk

is a second year student at SU College of Law. Christopher is a non-traditional student, returning 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 and in addition to being a full-time student, 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

Ryan D. White

Ryan D. WhiteRyan is currently a second 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

Anna Maria Castillo

is a third year law student at Syracuse College of Law. She is also pursuing a Master of Arts in International Relations at 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 currently serves as an executive editor in the Syracuse Law Review. Full biography

Jennifer A. CamilloJennifer A. Camillo

is a third year student at Syracuse College of Law. 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 is a member of the Syracuse National Trial Team and was recently 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 has served as a law clerk in the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of New York and the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia and as an extern in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. Full biography

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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