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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: 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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U.S. Charges Russian Federal Security Service Officers with Hacking Related to Yahoo

Multiple news outlets have reported that a forty-seven-count indictment was handed up in the Northern District of California for multiple computer fraud and abuse act violations stemming from breaches of Yahoo accounts. The indictment includes four named parties and other unknown and unnamed: (1) Dmitry Aleksandrovich Dokuchaev was a Russian FSB Officer, (2) Igor Anatolyevich […]

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In an Asymmetrical World: Mutually Assured Destruction Means Developed Nations are Disadvantaged

According to an article by Niall Ferguson which appeared in the Boston Globe, we are currently in a state of Cyber War.  This article, entitled “Cyber War I Has Already Begun,” discusses the the Russian hacks surrounding election time in the United States and posits that the largest issue is not whether or not Russia […]

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Cybersecurity: The Internet of Things (IoT) & You — Exercise Caution

As we continue to move to a world wherein all things are networked and even toys now have connections to the cloud, people need to be cognizant and careful.  According to the Hacker News, in 2015 the toy manufacturer VTech revealed that they had suffered a data breach which resulted in the exfiltration of personally […]

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2009 v. 2017 in Cybersecurity: Comparing Recommendations for 44th and 45th Presidencies from The Center for Strategic and International Studies

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) produced a cybersecurity report in December 2008 for the 44th Presidency (CSIS-44) and built on that to produce a report in January of 2017 for the 45th Presidency (CSIS-45).  What follows is a limited comparison between the two reports. Some of the notable differences between CSIS-44 and CSIS-45 include: […]

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2009 v. 2017 in Cybersecurity: Comparing Recommendations for 44th and 45th Presidencies from The Center for Strategic and International Studies

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) produced a cybersecurity agenda in December 2008 for the 44th Presidency (CSIS:44) and built on that to produce a report in January of 2017 for the 45th Presidency (CSIS:45).  What follows is a high-level overview of each (a future post will compare/contrast the two reports).     […]

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The Man Who Cried [Grizzly] Bear (previously known as the Boy Who Cried Wolf)

<opinion> The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming.  The latest narrative from the White House and the media reads like a Hollywood drama with the threat of our entire infrastructure being overtaken by Vladimir Putin and his evil operatives.  Does anyone else find it suspicious that when 20+ million personnel records were exfiltrated from […]

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NY DFS Cybersecurity Regulations Delayed Several Months: We hate to say we told you so … but we will anyway.

According to an article in Reuters —  Exclusive: NY Financial Regulator to Delay Cyber Security Rules, the New York State Department of Financial Services is going to publish an updated version of its cybersecurity rules by the end of December and then delay implementation until March 1, 2017, after the public review period has concluded. It would […]

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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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