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Cyber Round Up: DOJ Pushes for Increased Hacking Abilities; Google Appeals Turkish YouTube Blackout; Microsoft Ends “Snooping” Practices

The DOJ is advocating for less stringent standards to obtain warrants to hack the computers of criminal suspects, the Wall Street Journal Blog reports.  “The Justice Department effort is raising questions among some technology advocates, who say the government should focus on fixing the holes in computer software that allow such hacking rather than exploiting them.”  […]

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Cyber Round Up: Scalia, the 4th Amendment, and Cyberspace; NATO’s sites hacked; NSA’s phone call recording program

Last week, NATO reported that several of its public websites had been hacked.  An article on the incident by Reuters explains that the attack appeared to be linked to the growing tensions in Crimea.  However, the article continues, most services have since been restored.  One NATO official commented on the incident by saying: It doesn’t […]

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Magna Carta for the World Wide Web?

In light of the leaks over the past year that have made governments surveillance programs public, Sir Tim Berners-Lee is advocating for a Bill of Rights for the Internet.  As BBC News reports, Sir Tim, widely recognized as the creator of the world wide web, compares the importance of protecting people’s rights online to human […]

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Cyber Round Up: NSA Round Up; GCHQ’s Webcam Controversy; Alleged UK Hacker to Fight Extradition

According to the Associated Press, Lauri Love, the 28-year-old British man accused of hacking into certain United States government networks, is fighting attempts to extradite him to the United States in order to face trial.  The charges against Love, which include computer hacking, aggravating identity theft, and attacking the Federal Reserve, carry a sentence of […]

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Cyber Roundup: Terrorism Defendants Challenge the U.S. Gov and Hackers File Suit Against German Gov; Update on Lavabit’s Challenge to Civil Contempt Order

In October of last year, Lavabit challenged a civil contempt order issued after the service refused to hand over its encryption key that would have allowed the government to conduct surveillance on Edward Snowden.  According to the Washington Post, at the beginning of this month, the Fourth Circuit heard oral arguments on the issues.  Orin […]

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Cyber Roundup: Including More Updates from President Obama’s January 17th Speech

To start, here’s another update from President Obama’s January 17th speech regarding changes to the government’s surveillance activities.  The Washington Post reports that, yesterday, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court approved a motion modifying the most recent primary order that authorized the Section 215 phone records program.  More specifically, as reported by the Post, these amendments make is so that […]

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President Obama’s National Security Letter Reforms: UPDATE

On January 17, 2014, President Obama addressed the nation with his plan to revamp government surveillance activities.  The President outlined five key changes he hopes to implement moving forward.  You can take a look at our post from the day the speech was released for a full recap; but, for now, I want to focus […]

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Snapchat Hacked, Hires Lobbying Firm

Last week, the smartphone application “Snapchat” that allows users to send short-lived photos and videos to friends, reported that it was hacked, exposing millions of phone numbers and user names. The company released a statement in a blog post, according to CNN, saying it plans to update the app’s security.  To do so, the company […]

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Cyber Roundup: Kenya Supports Invasive Cyber Law; FBI Adds Five to “Cyber Most Wanted List”; Anonymous Claims Responsibility for Singapore Cyber Strike

The Daily Nation reports that a convention in the African Union that would, at a minimum, require persons or corporations engaging in electronic financial transactions to provide full identifying information, such as PIN numbers and addresses, will be supported by Kenya.  Opponents are reportedly concerned about the invasiveness of the law, its costs, and the […]

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NSA Surveillance Activities Linked to CIA Drone Program

The Washington Post reports that several documents leaked earlier this year by Edward Snowden establish a collaborative relationship between the National Security Agency (NSA) and its surveillance activities and the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) drone program. Specifically, The Post and Mashable explain that the NSA’s Internet traffic and email interception practices coupled with elite hacking […]

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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.

Ryan D. White

Ryan D. WhiteRyan is currently a third 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

Shelby E. Mann

Ryan D. WhiteShelby is a second year law student at the Syracuse University College of Law. During her final year at the University of Missouri, she served as a full-time news producer for ABC 17 News. Shelby spent her first summer of law school at the Shelby County District Attorney General's Office in Memphis, Tenn., in the Public Corruption and Economic Crimes Unit. She is a member of Syracuse Law Review, the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and the senior editor for the Syrian Accountability Project. Full biography

Christopher w. FolkChristopher W. Folk

is a 2017 graduate of SU College of Law. A non-traditional student, Christopher returned 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. 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

Anna Maria Castillo

is 2016 graduate of Syracuse College of Law. She also holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from 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 served as an executive editor in the Syracuse Law Review. Full biography

Jennifer A. CamilloJennifer A. Camillo

is a 2015 graduate of Syracuse College of Law and is a prosecutor. 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 was a member of the Syracuse National Trial Team and was 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 wrote for this blog when a student. She is now a member of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps.

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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