US to launch cyberattack against Russia; CIA Director comments on ‘unprecedented’ cyber threats; Weaknesses in Aviation Systems

  • Obama administration asks CIA to prepare revenge cyber attack against Russia (Independent): Significant media coverage in recent days has been devoted to the potential U.S. response to Russia’s election hacks, including an article from Independent.  President Obama has asked the agency to explore potential options for a response attack, the article says.  Vice President Biden, according to the article, said that the attack would come at a time the U.S. felt was best, and was meant to “send a message” to the Kremlin.  The article suggests that that the CIA has already begun the operation, and has information that would “embarrass” the Russian government.  The full article can be found here.
  • CIA director: US faces ‘unprecedented’ cyber threats (Fox Atlanta):   The director of the CIA addressed current cyber threats to the U.S. at a cyber summit in Augusta, GA where the U.S. Army Cyber Command is located.  A recent article from Fox 5 in Atlanta discussed John Brennan’s comments, which included that the cyber threats to the U.S. are “unprecedented.”  According to the article, federal agencies were involved in 640,000 cyber incidents in fiscal year 2014 alone.  The article also said that Brennan stressed the importance of public-private relationships.  More information on the conference can be found here, and the text of the article can be seen here.
  • Aviation Officials Step Up Cybersecurity Checks of Older Messaging System (WSJ): An article by the Wall Street Journal highlights the potential threat of outdated messaging systems in airplanes.  While the ACARS system doesn’t pose a threat that could immediately imperil flights, the article says, officials throughout Europe and the United States are looking to eradicate the venerability.  The decades old system lacks many of the security features that exist today, and airlines are trying to update them.  This system reflects a growing trend in commercial aviation to address the potential cyber threats that exist throughout the industry, the WSJ reported.  The full text of the 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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