Cyber Round Up: Israel’s Electric Authority Infected with Virus; China Revamps Cyber Force; CERT-In Signs Agreements with 3 Nations

  • Israel’s Electric Authority Infected with Virus (Times of Israel): The Times of Israel reported that several computers used by the Israel’s Electric Authority is currently experiencing a “severe cyber-attack”. According to the article, the Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz confirmed the attack is ongoing, adding that the ministry is “already handling it” in collaboration with the Israel National Cyber Bureau. The virus was discovered on January 26 and forced the ministry to “paralyze” many computers, the article continued. The article added that according to Minister Steinitz the “right software was already prepared to neutralize [the virus].” The full article can be found here.
  • China Revamps Cyber Force (The Washington Free Beacon): As a result of the recent Chinese military reorganization, the danger posed by the nation’s cyber force has increased, according to The Washington Free Beacon. The article added that according to analysts a new Strategic Support Force has been created. This new support force is comprised of the 3rd Department (“3PLA”), a unit with about 100,000 cyber warfare hackers and signals intelligence troops, the article continued. The 4th Department, the nation’s military electronic intelligence and electronic warfare service is also included in the new support force, the article explained. According to the article, analysts believe that this new support force will allow the nation to “move forward with the concept of integrated network electronic warfare.” The full article can be found here.
  • CERT-In Signs Agreements with 3 Nations (Times of India): The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (“CERT-In”) signed agreements with its counterparts in Malaysia, Singapore, and Japan, the Times of India reported. The article revealed that the agreements include cooperation on cybersecurity, information and experience sharing, and cooperation on addressing cyber incidents. 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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