Cyber Round Up: ‘Human Rights in Cyberspace’ — CCDCOE NATO Report, NSA Reports it Releases Most Zero-day Vulnerabilities, Australia Submarine Project Experiences Hacking Attempts

‘Human Rights in Cyberspace’ — NATO CCD COE Report (CCDCOE NATO):  The NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (“CCDCEO”) and the Institute of National Security and Counterterrorism (“INSCT”) hosted a workshop on October 1st and 2nd on Human Rights in Cyberspace, according to the CCDCOE.  The workshop resulted in a report containing the findings of the workshop concerning the legal aspects of human rights as it applies to cyberspace.  The five findings are:

  • How does international human rights law (“IHRL”) apply in cyberspace?;
  • Extraterritorial aspects of human rights in cyberspace;
  • Protecting and promoting IHRL in cyberspace?;
  • Sources and kinds of conflicts involving IHRL in cyber; and
  • Reforms of cybersecurity norms — future aspects.

The full report can be found here.

NSA Reports it Releases Most Zero-day Vulnerabilities (ZDNet.com):  The National Security Agency (“NSA”) has spoken out about its “stockpile” of zero-day exploit in the wake of the most recent Snowden leaks revealing that the agency “will exploit vulnerabilities” it finds, ZDNet reports.  A zero-day exploit is a flaw in software or hardware that creates a vulnerability that can be exploited before the developer has an opportunity to fix the issue, according to FireEye.  The NSA claims it releases the “vast majority” of zero-day vulnerabilities that it discovers, according to ZDNet.  The article states that the NSA tells companies about the “most severe” flaws in “about nine-out-of-ten cases.”  Further, the NSA said that in cases where it does not release the information, it is because of national security reasons, the article stated.  Additionally, according to the article, the leaked documents revealed that the NSA also purchases these types of vulnerabilities.  The full article can be found here.

Australia Submarine Project Experiences Hacking Attempts (Tech Times):  Contractors bidding for an Australian submarine project have expressed concerns over hacking attempts on their “extensive plans” on the project, reports Tech Times.  The three bidders, companies from Germany, Japan, and France, have not yet identified who the actors are, but the bidders have named Chinese and Russian spies as “primary suspects”, according to the article.  The German bidder, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, reported that it is experiencing “40 hacking attempts every night”, the article continued.  Since the discovery of the hacking attacks, the bidders have resorted to hand-delivered messages to communicate sensitive information concerning the project, Tech Times reports.  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

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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