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 source in Russia but alleges that their signal jamming could cripple the U.S. Navy in one fell swoop.  The report claims that Russians have accomplished this once many years ago in the Black Sea.  The article notes that this information was released shortly after President Trump sent more ships to the Korean Peninsula. The full article can be read here.
  • Suing to See the Feds’ Encrypted Messages? Good Luck (Wired):  The increased privacy protections that encrypted messaging offers the average American may cut the other way, a recent article suggests.  The conservative group Judicial Watch, the article says, is suing the EPA under the Freedom of Information Act to compel the agency to hand over employee messages sent via encrypted messaging app Signal.  The problem with the encryption, the author explains, is that deleting the messages from the two endpoints may leave no trace of the messages at all.  The article discusses this specific case and the greater implications that government agencies and employees using encrypted messaging has for transparency. The full piece can be found here.
  • Feds face big obstacle in cyber efforts: Geography (The Hill):  Geography frequently presents itself as a cyber challenge in the form of transcending legal jurisdictions.  It also has other implications, a recent article says, including logistical challenges as the nation’s biggest and best tech experts do not live in Washington, D.C.  Instead, they are located in California, Texas, and Massachusetts, and are not interested in moving to Washington, D.C to work for the government.  The article suggests that one potential solution to the nation’s many cyber challenges is to meet these experts on their own turf in order to gain the benefit of their services.  The full 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