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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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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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U.S. Charges Chinese Man With Economic Espionage For Stealing Source Code With Intent To Benefit The Chinese Government

Announced June 14, 2016: Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Economic Espionage Charges Against Chinese Man For Stealing Valuable Source Code From Former Employer With Intent To Benefit The Chinese Government Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and John P. Carlin, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, announced a six-count […]

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Cyber “Emergency” Order Nets No Culprits, Reports FAS

“In April 2015, President Obama issued Executive Order 13694 declaring a national emergency to deal with the threat of hostile cyber activity against the United States. But six months later, the emergency powers that he invoked to punish offenders had still not been used because no qualifying targets were identified, according to a newly released […]

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Cyber Round Up: FBI, DHS Run Nationwide Cyber Campaign, Iranians Indicted on Cyber Crimes, Chinese Cyber Spying Decreased Since Agreement with U.S.

FBI, DHS Run Nationwide Cyber Campaign (Washington Free Beacon): The FBI and DHS began a nationwide campaign warning companies running electrical infrastructure in the country of the dangers posed by cyber threats, according to the Washington Free Beacon. The program began on March 31, and include webinars in eight U.S. states of an “unclassified briefing” called “Ukraine Cyber Attack: […]

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Cyber Round Up: PLA Cyberespionage Operations Decrease, Bulk Collection Under Section 215 Now Prohibited, Hackers take Advantage during the Season of Giving

Chinese PLA Cyberespionage Operations Decrease (Washington Post):  According to a report by the Washington Post, the Chinese military has decreased its cyberespionage activities against U.S. commercial assets since the Department of Justice indicted five People’s Liberation Army (“PLA”) officers.  The PLA has not “substantially reengaged in commercial cyberespionage” since the charges were announced in May 2015, […]

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Cyber Round Up: ‘Human Rights in Cyberspace’ — CCDCOE NATO Report, NSA Reports it Releases Most Zero-day Vulnerabilities, Australia Submarine Project Experiences Hacking Attempts

‘Human Rights in Cyberspace’ — NATO CCD COE Report (CCDCOE NATO):  The NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (“CCDCEO”) and the Institute of National Security and Counterterrorism (“INSCT”) hosted a workshop on October 1st and 2nd on Human Rights in Cyberspace, according to the CCDCOE.  The workshop resulted in a report containing the findings […]

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China Forges Cyber Agreement with the UK

China and the United Kingdom has agreed, during a joint press conference, to refrain from conducting cyber-espionage activities against each other’s commercial companies, The Guardian reported.  According to the article, both nations agreed not to steal commercial secrets using cyber-espionage.  This follows a similar agreement between China and the U.S. (More on the U.S.-China agreement can be […]

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Cyber Round Up: NSA Director Warns of Greater Cyber Attack, Hack Against U.S. Research Facility Tied to China, China Reportedly Arrests Hackers U.S. Named

NSA Director Warns of Greater Cyber Attack (PC Magazine):  Admiral Michael Rogers of the U.S. Cyber Command and NSA warned of cyber attacks greater than cyber activities currently targeting U.S. assets, according to PC Magazine.  The article further stated that Director Rogers explained that today, hackers are conducting reconnaissance activities,  whereas in the future, actors […]

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Cyber Round Up: Chinese Hackers Still Attacking U.S. Companies, CIA Revamps Cybersecurity Approach, Federal Cybersecurity Spending Up Five-Fold

Chinese Hackers Still Attacking U.S. Companies (Crowdstrike):  According to a Crowdstrike blog post, cyber hackers affiliated with the Chinese government have continued to attempt to gain unauthorized access into the systems of the U.S. companies.  Crowdstrike, a cybersecurity company that provides services to private companies, reported that in the past three weeks since the cyber […]

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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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