Cyber Round Up: U.S. Tracking Cyber Activity in Syria Conflict, DPRK Hacked ROK Metro System — ROK Legislator, Aircraft Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks — European Official

  • U.S. Tracking Cyber Activity in Syria Conflict (AirForceTimes):  Air Force Lt. Gen. James McLaughlin told the AirForceTimes that since Russia began its airstrikes in Syria, the U.S. began monitoring the cyber landscape for potential cyber threats that could emerge due to the conflict in Syria, the AirForceTimes reported.  He did not specify what types of cyber threats could manifest due to Russian involvement in the conflict, according to the article.  General McLaughlin also said that they will track to a “high level of detail” players who have the potential to threaten U.S. networks and forces to understand what threat they might pose and that “we’re ready to defend against it,” the article continued.  The general did not comment on whether there has been an increase in cyber attacks originating from Russia since its involvement in Syria, the article reported.  The full article can be found here.
  • South Korean Legislator Reports North Korea Hacked Its Metro System 2014 (Vice News):  North Korea hacked almost sixty computers belonging to employees of the South Korean metro system between March and August 2014, reports Vice News.  According to article, the attack was revealed by Ha Tae-kyung, a representative of the Saenuri party, South Korea’s ruling party.  The attack consisted of a malware, previously known to be used by North Korea, Vice News reported.  Seoul Metro, which manages four of the major subway lines, said that the hack only resulted in data and information leaks, and did not affect operations of the metro, the article continued.  The full article can be found here.
  • Aircraft Vulnerable to Cyber Attack According to European Aviation Safety Chief (Air Traffic Management):  Patrick Ky, the executive director of the European Aviation Safety Agency (the “agency”), told Les Echos, a French newspaper, that Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting Systems (“ACARS”) are extremely vulnerable to cyber attacks, according to Air Traffic Management.  According to the article, the agency hired a consultant to test the system, and in fact, succeeded in exploiting vulnerabilities in the ACARS, which are used to transmit messages between aircraft and ground stations.  The article further reported that according to Ky, it only took the consultant five minutes to “crack ACARS and a couple of days to access the aircraft control system on the ground.”  The full article can be found here.
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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.

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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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