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Cyber Round Up: PLA Cyberespionage Operations Decrease, Bulk Collection Under Section 215 Now Prohibited, Hackers take Advantage during the Season of Giving

Chinese PLA Cyberespionage Operations Decrease (Washington Post):  According to a report by the Washington Post, the Chinese military has decreased its cyberespionage activities against U.S. commercial assets since the Department of Justice indicted five People’s Liberation Army (“PLA”) officers.  The PLA has not “substantially reengaged in commercial cyberespionage” since the charges were announced in May 2015, […]

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UK Nuclear Weapons Vulnerable to Cyberattacks?

Are the UK’s Trident Nuclear Weapons Vulnerable to Cyberattacks? (ITProPortal): A recent article by Mark Wilson which appeared in ItProPortal indicates that Des Browne, the former UK defense secretary believes that the Trident nuclear weapons are susceptible and could be rendered useless in a coordinated cyberattack.  The article also indicates that the US had previously […]

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Cyber Round Up: FTC Loses in LabMD Data Security Case, Safe Harbor Updated Framework Falling Apart,

FTC Loses in LabMD Data Security Case: ALJ Sets High Bar for Consumer Harm (Cyber Law Monitor):   This article in Cyber Law Monitor discusses the recent ruling by Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) D. Michael Chappell against the Federal Trade Comission (“FTC”) in their data security case against LabMD.  The article states that ALJ held that […]

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Cyber Round Up: Belgium to Join NATO CCDCOE, Anonymous ‘Intel’ Encounters Credibility Issues, U.S. Congressional Commission Recommends Consideration of Hackbacks

Belgium to Join NATO CCDCOE (CCDCOE):  Belgium is set to join the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Centre of Excellence (“CCDCOE”) as a Sponsoring Nation, according to the organization’s website.  According to the website, the CCDCOE is a “knowledge hub” that focuses on interdisciplinary applied research and development in the field of cyber security.  Belgium already […]

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Section 702, the IV Amendment, and Art. III: The Muhtorov (Non-)Decision

Section 702, the Fourth Amendment, and Article III: The Muhtorov (Non-)Decision (Just Security):  A recent article in Just Security discusses a recent ruling issued out of the District Court for the District of Colorado.  According to the article, Judge Kane denied the motion to suppress evidence obtained under section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance […]

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US District Attorney Calls for Access to Encrypted Phone Data

U.S. District Attorney Claims that Encrypted Data Impedes Law Enforcement U.S. District Attorney Cyrus Vance has indicated that encrypted data on cell phones impedes law enforcement investigations, according to an article in Bloomberg.  Vance is quoted as saying “The line to protect the public should not be drawn by two companies who make smartphones”, which was […]

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Cyber Round Up: US Government Agencies Ignoring Cybersecurity Warnings, Post-Paris Renewed Debate About Government Access to Encrypted Data, On Encryption: Big Tech Is Not Budging

U.S. Government Agencies Ignoring 840 Warnings on Poor Cybersecurity (Sputnik News): According to this article by Sputnik News, the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) made approximately 2,000 recommendations to improve information security in U.S. government agencies over the past six years and to-date, the government has implemented slightly over half of the recommendations (1,160).  Weaknesses included […]

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Cyber Vigilantes Operate Unhindered by Governments in Fight Against ISIS

As you scroll through your news feed, take notice all the articles on hacktivist groups and activities.  Through issues like the Sony and Ashley Madison breaches and the release of U.S. military personnel information by ISIS supporters, hacktivism has earned a place in our daily vocabulary.  After almost any big “real-world” event, you can now expect “cyber” action from these hacktivist groups.  […]

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Cyber Round Up: Anonymous Declares War on ISIS, Ghost Security Group Targets ISIS Online Activities

Anonymous Declares War on ISIS (NBC News):  Anonymous, the hacker group, has reportedly declared war on ISIS following the attacks on Paris, according NBC News.  A video has been released, although not yet verified, where a “spokesperson” for the group warned ISIS of “massive cyber attacks”, the article continued.  A tweet from the group’s official […]

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N.Y. Regulators Consider Cybersecurity Requirements for Banks and Insurers

N.Y. Regulators Weigh Cybersecurity Requirements for Banks, Insurers (Insurance Journal): According to a recent report in Insurance Journal, New York Financial Services (“NYFS”) Superintendent Anthony Albanese, indicated that “robust regulation” is needed to address cybersecurity needs within the banking and insurance industry.  This article indicates that the NYFS recommendation is the result of a survey […]

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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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