Cyber Round Up: Hackers Caused Ukrainian Power Outage — U.S. report; U.S. Air Force Cyber Weapon Operational; U.S. Navy Issues New Cybersecurity Standards

  • Hackers Caused Ukrainian Power Outage — U.S. report (Arstechnica): The Department of Homeland Security Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (“ICS-CERT”) determined that hackers did indeed cause the December 2015 power outage in Ukraine that affected 225,000 customers, according to Arstechnica. The article reported that this is the “first confirmed instance” of the use of hacking to disrupt power. The report does not, however, specify the role “BlackEnergy” played in the outage, the article continued. BlackEnergy is a malware that was found in at least three of the power substations involved in the outage, reported Arstechnica. The full article can be found here. The ICS-CERT release can be found here.
  • U.S. Air Force Cyber Weapon Operational (AFSPC): Air Force Space Command announced that a second cyber defense weapon has reached Full Operational Capability (“FOC”) status. The Cyberspace Vulnerability Assessment/Hunter (“CVA/H”) is a tool to be used “inside the boundaries of the defended cyber system,” the press release continued. Air Force Cyber Protection Teams (“CPTs”) will be equipped with the CVA/H, specified the release. According to the release, the CVA/H will allow these CPTs to provide vulnerability assessments, adversary threat detection, and compliance evaluations. The full press release can be found here.
  • U.S. Navy Issues New Cybersecurity Standards (Breaking Defense): The U.S. Navy has released a new set of cybersecurity standards that govern everything from business systems to weapons systems, Breaking Defense reported. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (“SPAWAR”) released eight standards that apply to things such as network firewalls and vulnerability scanning, the article continued. SPAWAR plans to release 38 standards that will apply to “every unit, office, and contractor”, according to the article. 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.

Christopher w. FolkChristopher W. Folk

is a second year student at SU College of Law. Christopher is a non-traditional student, returning 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 and in addition to being a full-time student, 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

Ryan D. White

Ryan D. WhiteRyan is currently a second 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

Anna Maria Castillo

is a third year law student at Syracuse College of Law. She is also pursuing a Master of Arts in International Relations at 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 currently serves as an executive editor in the Syracuse Law Review. Full biography

Jennifer A. CamilloJennifer A. Camillo

is a third year student at Syracuse College of Law. 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 is a member of the Syracuse National Trial Team and was recently 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 has served as a law clerk in the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of New York and the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia and as an extern in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. Full biography

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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