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of these projects provides masses of valuable information, it is only a matter of time before someone hacks the outdated computer systems.  Some specific concerns articulated in the article involve the commandeering of spacecraft as well as potential complications in partnerships with Russia.  The full post can be read here.

  • DHS Head: North Korea more of a cyber threat (The Hill):  The most imminent threat from North Korea may not be nuclear after all, a recent article says.  DHS Secretary John Kelly said it is much more likely that Kim Jong Un would take action in the cyber realm.  The article discusses the current situation with North Korea, but doesn’t go in depth into North Korea’s cyber capabilities.  The full interview with Secretary Kelly will air Sunday, April 16 on Meet the Press.  The full article can be found here.
  • Shadow Brokers Redux: Dump of NSA Tools Gets Even Worse (Lawfare):  The Shadow Brokers, who first emerged last summer when they released information on hacking devices used by the NSA, have come back with another big disclosure.  A piece written for Lawfare explains that the group’s ultimate motivation is financial gain, as they are holding an auction for the new batch of information.  The post says that the new info would supposedly include operational notes from the NSA’s targeting of banks in the Middle East.  The post says this would be the most crippling action against the NSA since Snowden, and could have diplomatic repercussions as well.  The full post 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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