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DC Judge Denies Government’s Request to Seize Email Account

Today, Magistrate Judge John Facciola for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia denied the government’s request for a warrant to seize an entire email account, search it, and disclose certain emails and contents of communications discovered therein.  This was the government’s third application for a warrant in connection with this email […]

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CRS: “Overview of Constitutional Challenges to NSA Collection Activities and Recent Developments”

On the first of the month, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) published “Overview of Constitutional Challenges to NSA Collection Activities and Recent Developments.”  The report reviews the two main NSA programs that have come under public scrutiny since the Snowden leaks–the bulk metadata collection program and the interception of Internet-based foreign communications–and, as the title […]

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Congressional Hearing on Internet Governance

“Ensuring the Security, Stability, Resilience, and Freedom of the Global Internet” was the title of a hearing held on April 2, 2014, by the Communications and Technology subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.  Here are the witnesses and links to their prepared testimony, plus news coverage and full […]

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2 Live Webcasts Today: Emerging Technologies and Internet Governance

“Emerging and Readily Available Technologies and National Security: A Framework for Addressing Ethical, Legal, and Societal Issues” is the title of an event in Washington, DC, and a live webcast today, April 3, 2014, from 11:30 a.m. ET to 1:00 p.m. ET, sponsored by the Center for American Progress.  Details are on their website.  Note […]

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“Strategic Cyber Intelligence”: The “how?” of cyberattack versus the “why?”

Are cybersecurity efforts focusing too much on the “how” and not enough on the “why”?  That’s the position of “Strategic Cyber Intelligence,” a report published by the nonprofit organization Intelligence and National Security Alliance, which is comprised of “current and former high-ranking intelligence, military and government agency leaders, analysts, and experts from industry and academia.” By […]

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Rand Corporation Releases Report on “Markets for Cybercrime Tools and Stolen Data”

The Rand Corporation has published a report detailing the fundamental characteristics of black and gray cybercrime markets, explaining their evolution into the threat we see today, and illustrating how their very existence can harm the information security environment. The report boils down to two key findings: The community of cybercriminals is growing.  Essentially, the Rand […]

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Apr 2nd, 2014 Current Affairs

Remarks at Gen. Alexander Retirement

Remarks at the March 28, 2014, retirement ceremony for GEN Keith Alexander, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command, Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service provide further insight into the U.S. military’s thinking about cyber security. Highlights of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel remarks include: “President Obama’s reforms, including his announcement yesterday on government retention of telephone […]

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CERT-UK Launched

Yesterday, the UK launched its Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-UK), BBC News reports, a move in cyber defense strategy that has recently been seen in countries throughout the world. CERT-UK will operate as a coordinator and information-sharer rather than a law enforcement body to handle cyber incidents of national significance, including threats aimed at banks, […]

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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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