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Cyber Round Up: Cyber Extortion Surges — Victims Continue to Pay; Chinese Hackers shift focus to Asia; Russia may be hacking the French Election

Cyber Extortion Demands Surge as Victims Keep Paying: Symantec (USNews.com):  Alastair Sharp reports that hackers continue to use ransomware to extort increasingly hefty fees from their victims.  According to the article the average ransom has increased more than threefold from $294 to $1,077, as cyber extortionists continue to explore the ceiling.  The article states that in […]

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CRS Report Released: Cybersecurity: Critical Infrastructure Authoritative Reports and Resources

CRS Report 4/21/2017 Cybersecurity: Critical Infrastructure Authoritative Reports and Resources

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Cyber Round Up: Australia’s Cyber Strategy; Trump’s Strategy is Late; Bose is Spying on Listeners, Lawsuit Says

Australia’s bold plan for cybersecurity growth (ZDNet):  Australia is taking big steps to bolster its cyber security framework.  According to an article last week, Australia is going to triple its cyber budget from AU$2 billion to AU$6 billion. The Australian Cyber Security Growth Network (ACSGN) announced their Cyber Security Sector Competitiveness Plan (SCP), which is their plan […]

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Cyber Round Up: Russia’s ‘Electronic Bomb’; FOIA and Government Encryption; Cyber Policy and Geography

Russia claims in can wipe out US Navy with single ‘electronic bomb’ (Fox News):  While most attention surrounding Russia’s cyber capabilities over the last year has focused on meddling in the 2016 election, a report earlier said their capabilities are much greater.   The article says that the report comes from a state controlled media […]

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Cyber Round Up: U.S. May Have Thwarted N. Korean Missile Launch; Moving Beyond ‘Patch and Pray’; Army Reserves Focusing on Cyber Skills

North Korea’s unsuccessful missile launch ‘may have been thwarted by US cyber attack’ (Telegraph):  North Korea’s latest failed missile launch may have had some help from the United States, a recent article says. The report quotes a former British official as stating that there is “strong belief” that the United States interfered through cyber methods to cripple the […]

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Cyber Round Up: Hacking in Outer-Space; N.Korea and Cyber; Shadow Brokers and NSA

Outer-Space Hacking a Top Concern for NASA’s Cybersecurity Chief (Bloomberg Law):  Many of NASA’s projects in space have lasted longer than they ever expected, which causes problems when it comes to security.  A recent article explained that while the longevity of these projects provides masses of valuable information, it is only a matter of time before someone […]

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Cyber Round Up: Rollback of Net-Neutrality Rules; Budgets Hindering Cyber Buildup; Data Breaches Costing Shareholders Billions

Fight Looms Over Planned Rollback of Net-Neutrality Rules (WSJ):  More changes are coming to internet regulation, but not without a fight, an article earlier this week said.  FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced that he plans to rollback Obama’s net-neutrality regulations, which were intended to increase competition by requiring internet service providers such as cable and wireless firms […]

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2016 Data Breach Investigations Report from Verizon

Last year, Verizon released its annual analysis of data breaches in 2015.  The 85 page report looks at trends in who was a victim of breaches, common points of focus, vulnerabilities, and breach trends.  The report acknowledges that the 9 major incident classification patterns identified in the 2014 version are still accurate.  Those categories include: […]

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Cyber Round Up: DOJ CCIPS and FBI Cyber Division Kelihos botnet takedown

Breaking News Press Release from Justice.gov; reprinted below: Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, April 10, 2017 Justice Department Announces Actions to Dismantle Kelihos Botnet         The Justice Department today announced an extensive effort to disrupt and dismantle the Kelihos botnet – a global network of tens […]

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Cyber Round Up: House Committee Works on Public-Private Relationships; Cyber in 2025; Putting a Price on “Cyber Hurricane”;

Cybersecurity: House Committee Looks to Build on Public-Private Partnerships (RAPS):  Many proposed plans or recommendations for addressing the myriad of cyber security challenges today involve some emphasis on establishing relationships between the public and private sector.  According to one report earlier this week, the House Energy & Commerce Committee held a hearing to explore how to […]

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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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