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Ransomware: Beware the Users, and Other Things As well…

Ransomware, Hacks, and Cybersecurity Issues: As long as there are users there will be issues Various media outlets have reported a dramatic rise in ransomware attacks and the NY Times reported that the most recent attacks impacted over 200,000 machines running the Windows operating systems (OS), across 150 countries.  The NYTimes article posits that hospitals, […]

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Cyber Round Up: Obama Underestimated Cyber Threat, Electrical Grid Attack ‘Imminent’; The Bigger Issue with the Election Hacks

Obama Says He Underestimated Threat Posed by Cyberattacks (WSJ):   President Obama admitted to underestimating the affect cyber hacks could have on our society in an interview yesterday, a Wall Street Journal report said.  The outgoing President said he did not underestimate Putin himself, but did not fully understand the drastic impact that hacks and misinformation […]

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Russian Election Hacks Update with Reports, Testimony, Videos

The swirl around Russia’s meddling in recent U.S. elections has continued the last few days.   Yesterday, top intelligence officials testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee regarding foreign cyber threats to the U.S.  Today, ODNI released its declassified report on Russia’s role in the 2016 election cycle.  Throughout all of this, President-elect Trump has […]

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Dear Congress: You will not solve the Attribution problem by creating a temporary Committee to Investigate the DNC Hack

According to CNBC, the latest news from Washington indicates that long-time Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) are pushing for the creation of a select committee to ensure that congressional focus is directed at investigating the hacking of Democratic Party emails during the Presidential campaign. This is fascinating. Two years ago we witnessed […]

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Cyber Round Up: General pleads guilty in Stuxnet probe; Russian hacker arrested abroad; National Guard a unique contributor to cybersecurity

4 star general snagged for lying in Stuxnet leak probe (Politico):  One of Obama’s closest generals pleaded guilty earlier this week in relation to leaks regarding U.S. cybersecurity efforts abroad, Politico reports. The article says General James Cartwright pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators about his communication of classified information with a reporter and biographer.  While […]

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Nuclear power plant disrupted by cyber attack; US points finger at Russia; Passwords the weak link of cybersecurity

IAEA Chief: Nuclear powerplant was disrupted by cyber attack (Reuters):  A report yesterday chronicled a cyber attack on a nuclear power plant a few years ago.   Director General of the IAEA Yukiya Amano spoke of the incident publicly for the first time, describing it as “disruptive” but not destructive.  While other attacks of this nature […]

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Cyber Round Up: Ridge – Cyber Attacks are now worse than Physical Attacks, Cyberwarfare: What are we doing today?, Time to adjust U.S. National Security Strategy

Tom Ridge: Cyber attacks are now worse than physical attacks (Yahoo! Finance): According to this article by Daniel Roberts, the first secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Tom Ridge, was quoted as saying the following at the Concordia Summit in NY: Notwithstanding the pain and horror associated with a physical attack … the potential […]

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Cyber Round Up: Hackers Breach Election Systems; FBI Says Foreign Hackers Penetrated Election Systems; Of Course Everyone’s Already Using the Leaked NSA Exploits

Officials: Hackers Breach Election Systems in IL, AZ (CNN): according to a recent CNN report hackers successfully breached election system databases in Illinois and Arizona.  CNN reports that hackers were able to access and compromise 200,000 personal voter records.  However, the Board of Elections stated that they have a high level of confidence that none […]

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Cyber Round Up: Obama’s $19B Cybersecurity Plan, US IT Professionals Overconfident in Cyberattack detection, Secure Your Plant: Managing Risk Posed by Hackers that Target IIOT

Obama’s $19B Cybersecurity plan takes aim at cybercrime, underscores skills gap (SearchCIO): President Obama recently unveiled a Cybersecurity National Action Plan (“CNAP”) which is a highlight of the budget being proposed for the 2017 fiscal year, according to a SearchCIO article by Francesca Sales. The article indicates that some of the key areas of CNAP […]

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Cyber Round Up: Rudy Giuliani compares cybersecurity to cancer and hackers to the Mafia, U.S. Utilities worry about cyber coverage after Ukraine Attack, Congress Needs to Catch up on Cybersecurity Issues

Rudy Giuliani Compares Cybersecurity to Cancer and Hackers to the Mafia (MarketWatch): In a recent MarketWatch article, Giuliani, a prostate cancer survivor compared cybersecurity to cancer, saying that both present similar challenges and that early detection is vital to reducing damage.  Giuliani went on to say that cybercrime reminds him of the organized criminal networks that […]

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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

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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