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Pres. Obama Signs FISA Extension — AP

Although the White House “Signed Legislation” page is not reporting it and CNN is not reporting it, as of 22:17 on 12/30/12, the Associated Press is reporting that President Obama has signed the legislation extending those few provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that were scheduled to sunset tomorrow. It was a foregone […]

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Dec 30th, 2012 Legislation

China dominates 2012 cybersecurity talking points: ZDNet

ZDNet’s Ellyne Phneah on how China has been hogging the limelight when it comes to security matters in the Asia-Pacific, “for both good and bad reasons.” The good: “concerted efforts to eradicate software piracy.  . . .” The bad (slightly longer list than the good): Continued campaign of pervasive cyberespionage and cyberexploitation to include targeting […]

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Dec 30th, 2012 Uncategorized

How China Is Sealing Holes In Its Internet Firewall: Bloomberg

Interesting opinion piece by Philip Shiskin for Bloomberg.  Shiskin writes on his experiences with the internet blocking efforts of the Chinese government during a recent trip.  Saying that “neither the sun nor the Web is fully gone, merely crippled,” Shiskin described the censored version of the Chinese web and noted that the government has begun […]

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Chinese Hackers Suspected in Cyber Attack On CFR: The Washington Free Beacon

The Washington Free Beacon’s Bill Gertz reports that “computer hackers traced to China carried out an advanced cyberespionage attack against” the website of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).  According to Gertz, the hackers used a “water-hole” style attack in which they infected a server hosting the website, thereby allowing the hackers to target CFR […]

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Dec 27th, 2012 Cyber Exploitation

China tightening controls on Internet: AP

Joe McDonald reports for The Associated Press on the efforts of China’s communist leaders to impose new controls on the Internet.  Those controls include the controversial true name policy, which requires Chinese users to register using their real names rather than having the option of anonymous posting.  Furthermore, McDonald reports that Chinese authorities are getting […]

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Suits and Spooks Reminder, RSA Active Defense presentation

This presentation by Davi Ottenheimer and David Wilson on Active Defence: How to Counter Your Attackers recently came to my attention.  You can find the presentation on the RSAConference website; it was created on 12/10/12. A podcast by the presenters, found here, again for RSA. *** Just a FYI, Suits and Spooks Early Bird registration […]

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Dec 26th, 2012 Cyber Exploitation

Nevermind, Stuxnet Isn’t Back: threatpost

According to Michael Mimoso’s article for threatpost: Iranian officials are retracting Christmas day reports that malware resembling Stuxnet had been used to attack manufacturing facilities including a power utility in southern Iran. Apparently someone was misquoted.

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Dec 26th, 2012 cyber attack, Iran, Stuxnet

Cyber Roundup (12/26): NSA targets domestic systems, Mutants, Stuxnet’s back, and more . . .

David Axe, for Wired, with an extremely interesting article titled This Scientist Wants Tomorrow’s Troops to Be Mutant-Powered.  The article touches upon Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI) and the idea of neuro-enhancements, which I think will eventually become a “cyber issue” to the extent that such technology will be exploited like computers.  The article focuses more on […]

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Cyber Roundup (12/22): Regulators tell banks to share cyber attack info, WH Strategy for Information Sharing, Net Neutrality bill, and more . . .

Quick survey of recent cyber news . . . *** Eric Engleman & Dakin Campbell report for Bloomberg that the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency “told financial institutions to report cyber attacks to law enforcement and alert customers to their impact.  . . .” *** Antone Gonsalves reports for CSO on the White House’s […]

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Obama likely to issue cyber EO as early as January: The Hill

On 12/21, Jennifer Martinez reported for The Hill about the Obama administration’s controversial cybersecurity Executive Order, which apparently will come in early 2013.  The EO has been delayed a number of times already.

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Dec 21st, 2012 Uncategorized

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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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