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Compromised companies turning to law firms rather than forensic investigators? WSJ

This one’s occasionally behind a paywall, so if the link does you no good I apologize.  If you search the title of the article on Google (“Law Firms Tout Cybersecurity Cred”) you can usually find it. Anywho, Christopher Matthews wrote an interesting article for The Wall Street Journal on how companies that have suffered cyber intrusions are […]

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Mar 31st, 2013 Law

Are China’s hacker attacks and its anti-Apple campaign both preludes to a trade war? CNN

Interesting thought via CNNMoney’s Philip Elmer-DeWitt: is China going after Apple?  Elmer-Dewitt looked at all the recent cyberexploitation news over the past few months and noted three things: The Mandiant report suggested Apple was targeted by Chinese hackers (although it doesn’t explicitly say it) The Chinese apparently began a campaign against Apple on Chinese TV […]

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Mar 31st, 2013 Uncategorized

Reporting cyber-attacks: On fat men and jellybeans (The Economist)

On a lighter note, The Economist had a humorous article on all the different ways reporters describe and try to analogize DDOS attacks.  Here’s a few: “Imagine 15 fat men trying to fit through a revolving door all at once—nothing moves.” A traffic jam following a concert “[T]rying to sip from the Niagra falls”. And […]

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Mar 31st, 2013 Uncategorized

China voices strong opposition to US cyber-espionage law: The Verge

Via The Verge’s Amar Toor, China is none too happy to a new US law that would restrict USG purchases of Chinese technology.  Toor quoted Shen Danyang, spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of Commerce: This abuse of so-called national security measures is unfair to Chinese enterprises, and extends the discriminatory practice of presumption of guilt. […]

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Survey Details Data Theft Concerns for U.S. Firms in China: NYT

Not that this is really all that shocking to anyone, but Reuters (via the New York Times) reported the following: A quarter of companies that are members of a leading U.S. business lobby in China have been victims of data theft . . . an annual survey said that their proprietary data or trade secrets […]

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Mar 30th, 2013 Cyber Exploitation

Cyber Aces Competition Seeks Next Generation of Cybersecurity Experts: Mashable

Alex Fitzpatrick wrote for Mashable on an interesting idea: find the “next generation of American offensive and defensive cybersecurity experts” through a video game.  That, in simplest terms, is the jist behind Cyber Aces.  According to Fitzpatrick, Cyber Aces is “a series of experimental state competitions that use a videogame to target participants with the […]

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Mar 30th, 2013 education

US lawmakers prep legislation to punish cyberexploitation, promising visa restrictions: Financial Times

Geoff Dyer reported this interesting tidbit for The Financial Times: US lawmakers are preparing legislation which would create new punishments for companies from China and elsewhere that use trade secrets stolen by online hackers.  Mike Rogers, chairman of the House intelligence committee, said that the bill would be introduced next month and would likely include […]

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Mar 28th, 2013 Legislation

Obama Urged to Act on China’s Alleged Cyber Theft: Bloomberg/The Hill/Politico

Via Bloomberg’s Brian Wingfield, Representatives Sander Levin of Michigan and Charles Rangel of New York argued that President Obama should seek to curb China’s cyberexploitation.  Reps Rangel & Levin communicated this stance in a letter to acting U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Demetrios Marantis.  The Bloomberg article noted that the USTR has promised to “toughen trade-secret protection[s].” […]

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Mar 28th, 2013 Cyber Exploitation

Toward a Global Approach to Cybersecurity: HuffPo

Scott Charney wrote a very good piece for The Huffington Post on the challenges of achieving effective cybersecurity.  Noting that cybersecurity is “bigger than any one company, any one legislative body or any one international body”, Charney discusses “two elements that are shaping our collective response to cybersecurity challenges: an increasingly data-centric society and the […]

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Mar 27th, 2013 international law

Dr. Zaius the cat the key to cybersecurity? WSJ on ethical hackers

Geoffrey A. Fowler wrote an interesting (and lighthearted) article for The Wall Street Journal on the tricks that ethical hackers use to teach company employees a cybersecurity lesson.  Companies hire these ethical hackers to test their employees; after the employees inevitably fail, “[t]hose who click get a [] stern warning[] from their tech departments.” One […]

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Mar 27th, 2013 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.

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

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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