Cyber Round Up: New leak could be devastating; Security and cryptocurrency; Governors stress cyber needs

  • New leak exposes a trove of personal passwords and sensitive info (Mashable):  News over the weekend suggests that a recent leak could be one of the most devastating in recent memory.  The report says that Cloudflare, one of the biggest websites for internet security, was the victim of a hack.  Unfortunately, according to the article, the extent of the damage is unknown, but it recommended that people should start changing passwords on a multitude of sites immediately.   A quote in the report from a member of Google’s security team is telling of the nature of the breach: a”The examples we’re finding are so bad … I’m finding private messages from major dating sites, full messages from a well-known chat service, online password manager data, frames from adult video sites, hotel bookings . . .We’re talking full https requests, client IP addresses, full responses, cookies, passwords, keys, data, everything.”   The article can be read in its entirety here.

  • The cybersecurity side of cryptocurrency (CSO):   Bitcoin isn’t the only online currency, and it isn’t all good news.  A recent article  discussed how regulators, as they often are, are lagging behind when it comes to blockchain technology and online currency and that significant vulnerabilities exist as a result.  The piece first explains that new “altcoins,” an abbreviation for bitcoin alternatives, are being developed and used every day.  The online currency market is now valued at $13 billion, the article said.  But it’s not all good, as these have created a unique opportunity for ransomware attacks.  The article also explained that they have become an easy way for criminals to launder their money.   The full article can be read here.
  • Governors put spotlight on cybersecurity (The Hill):  Cyber security remained a political hot topic over the weekend, this time being touted as crucial by numerous state governors.  While cyber security policy often gets attention at the federal level, an article  said that governors were stressing how important it is for states, too.  VA Gov. Terry McAuliffe said that his state alone was targeted by 86 million cyber attacks last year. The event Saturday was one of two focusing on cyber security during the National Governors Association winter meetings.  McAuliffe, like many others, has emphasized the need for public-private partnerships, including one he established between Virginia and Amazon to create a stronger cyber workforce.  The full piece 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