Cyber Round Up: US Ready to Respond to Russia on Tuesday; Britain’s cybersecurity policy needs common sense; China passes controversial law

  • US government hackers ‘penetrate’ Russian electric grid and communication lines to be ‘ready’ in case of election day interference (Independent):   A recent report analyzes the present state of the ongoing cyber battle between the U.S. and Russia.   The article, posted just days before the 2016 Presidential Election, says that the U.S. is “in place” to respond any interference in the elections by Russia.     The article says that U.S. hackers have infiltrated both Russia’s electric grid and telecommunications networks, but will only take action if Russia attacks first.   The report says that it is well known that the U.S. has access to other nations’ critical infrastructure, and that they have access to similar systems in the U.S.  Officials claim that while the results of the election are not a concern, they believe hackers capable of causing mass ‘confusion’ with fake documents, etc.   The full text of the article can be found here.

  • Britain’s cybersecurity policy needs common sense, not just cash (The Guardian):  Britain’s unveiling of a new cyber strategy, which this blog covered, has received substantial attention in the last week.  Not everyone agrees with the policy, however, as is noted in one recent report.   The article first breaks down that the money is not as large of a sum as it first seems, with yearly spending only amounting to under £400 million a year.   The commentary then suggests that all those resources will likely go to recruiting experts to work for the government, which is okay, but not the best option.   The author is in favor of simple legislative changes that would be more effective.   The full text of the article can be found here.
  • China passes controversial cybersecurity law (PC World):  China passed a new law regarding cybersecurity that could have a tremendous effect on foreign countries.   An article yesterday discussed China’s new law expanding control of the internet, including requiring local storage of data.  The law comes despite increasing international concern over the trend of rights in China over the past year, the report says.   One major critic has been Human Rights Watch, which said that the law increases censorship and surveillance.   The article said that some online activities prohibited under the new law  include alleged attempts to overthrow the socialist system,  undermine national unity, or advocate terrorism and extremism.  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.

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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