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DoD’s Annual Report To Congress

Yesterday I put up a story about how the Pentagon accused the Chinese government of cyberattack, claiming direct attribution along the way.  Here’s the report, if you’re interested. Here’s a NY Times article by David Sanger with further coverage. 

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May 7th, 2013 cyber attack

Senate Judiciary Committee holds hearings on active defense/hackback tomorrow

Hat tip to Jeffrey Carr (@jeffreycarr) for bringing this to my attention. Via the Senate Judiciary Committee’s website, there will be a hearing on hackback at 9AM tomorrow titled “Cyber Threats: Law Enforcement and Private Sector Responses.” Panel I The Honorable Jenny Durkan United States Attorney Western District of Washington Seattle, WA Joseph Demarest, Jr. Assistant […]

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May 7th, 2013 hackback

Pentagon accuses Chinese gov’t of cyberattacks, claims direct attribution: AP/CTVNews

Via CTV News, here’s an interesting AP report by Lolita C. Baldor on how DoD has explicitly called out the Chinese government for its cyberattacks.  Baldor writes: The Pentagon report, released Monday, said that, “In 2012, numerous computer systems around the world, including those owned by the U.S. government, continued to be targeted for intrusions, […]

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May 6th, 2013 cyber attack

Cyber Roundup: Dutch pursue hackback law, don’t underestimate cyber spies, France on the cyberoffensive, and more . . .

Here’s a quick survey of recent cyber news . . . *** I’ve got to give top billing to this wonderful Foreign Affairs article by Richard Bejtlich.  I’m sure you know, but Richard Bejtlich works for Mandiant, the same company which released this bombshell report on Chinese cyberespionage and PLA Unit 61398.  I was a […]

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May 3rd, 2013 Uncategorized

As cyberthreats mount, hacker’s conviction underscores criticism of government overreach: WashPo

You probably saw this one already, but ICYMI, here’s a fantastic article by The Washington Post’s Jerry Markon on the mess that is the CFAA.  Tracing the story of Andrew Auernheimer, “a 24-year-old computer hacker suspected of handing off stolen e-mail addresses to the media,” Markon discusses the DOJ’s recent crackdown on hackers like Matthew […]

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Apr 30th, 2013 Law, law enforcement

Taiwan says Chinese cyber-army swells to 100K, Comment Crew back in business (infosecurity/The Register)

I figured I’d save time and condense all the China stories into one post. Via infosecurity, “Taiwan’s National Security Bureau (NSB) said that the Chinese government continues to target its assets, and has extended its cyber-army to more than 100,000 people, with a budget in excess of $2.71 million per year to carry out hacking […]

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Apr 30th, 2013 Cyber Exploitation

Should cyber warfare be elevated to highest command structure? Stars and Stripes

Chris Carroll had a very useful article for Stars and Stripes covering the back and forth over CyberComm’s elevation to full combatant command status.  CyberComm is currently under U.S. Strategic Command; elevating it seems to be the natural move in light of cybersecurity’s importance to DoD.  Carroll noted a few of the pros and cons: […]

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Apr 29th, 2013 Cyber Command

US military, service academies grooms new officers for cyberwar: gulfnews.com/Bloomberg

Via gulfnews.com, the AP had an interesting story on cybersecurity training in officer commissioning programs.  Focusing mostly on the service academies, the article noted that the big three (the Blue Zoo aka USAFA, the USN Academy, and West Point) “are ramping up efforts to groom a new breed of cyberspace warriors.”  Interestingly, Annapolis now requires […]

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Apr 29th, 2013 education

Cyber Roundup (4/27): CISPA (dead?), DARPA’s cyberweapon framework, court prohibits gov hackback, and more . . .

Here’s a quick survey of recent cybernews . . . *** I’m really interested in this, so I’ve got to give it top billing. Paul Rosenzweig wrote for Lawfare on how a Magistrate Judge denied “a government application for a search warrant in which the government proposed to install surreptitious software on the target computer […]

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Take Off the Kid Gloves and Stop China’s Cyber Thieves: The Fiscal Times/The Week

For your consideration, two new articles following the “what should we do about China?” template so common after the release of the Mandiant report. The first article came from Liz Peek of The Fiscal Times.  In her article, Peek explored why it’s so hard for the U.S. to stop Chinese cyberexploitation, arguing that U.S. businesses […]

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Apr 24th, 2013 Cyber Exploitation

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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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