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Cyber Round Up: U.S.-China IP Theft Agreement, Clapper Skeptical of U.S.-China Cyber Agreement, U.S. Agencies Still have Weak Cybersecurity — GAO

U.S.-China Sign IP Theft Agreement (ICE.gov):  The director of the U.S. National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (“IPR Center”) and the director general of China’s General Administration of China Customs (“GACC”) signed an intellectual property rights addendum to a memorandum of understanding (“MOU”) that was signed by the two nations in 2011, according to an ICE press […]

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Actual US-China MOU Following President Xi Visit

Following Chinese President Xi’s visit to the U.S. last week, we have found little actual material specifically pointing to an agreement on economic cyber espionage activity between the U.S. and China.  As of today, we have the White House Fact Sheet, the joint statement from U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, […]

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China Continues to Sponsor, Facilitate Cyber Operations Against Neighbors

As a follow-up to yesterday’s Round Up, both eWeek and The Hacker News have reported that China has, or is currently sponsoring cyber intrusions into civil, government and military organizations throughout the Asia-Pacific region.  Whereas, both Information Week, and eWeek  linked the Naikon hacking group to an ongoing Advanced Persistent Threat campaign launched against several […]

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Cyber Round Up: China, US Reach Cyber ‘Understanding’, Chinese Military Unit Responsible for ‘Naikon’, Pakistan Government Websites Hacked

China and US Reach Cyber ‘Understanding’ (White House):  The White House released a statement on September 25 announcing that President Obama and Chinese President Xi an ‘understanding’ on issues of cyber security in the commercial sector.  According to the statement, both nations agreed to commit to refrain from conducting or knowingly supporting the “misappropriation of […]

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Australian Cyber Security Centre Releases First Cyber Threat Report

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (“ACSC”), an Australian Government initiative for public and private sector cooperation and collaboration on cyber security, has released its first report.  The report describes the cyber adversaries targeting Australian networks, both government and public, and explains the types of activities designed to compromise network security.  The report also provides a number […]

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Actual text of USA FREEDOM Act of 2015

Click on the thumbnail to read the actual text of the ‘‘Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015’’ or the ‘‘USA FREEDOM Act of 2015,” signed last evening by the President.

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Cyber Round Up: China Cyber News Recap

China has been at the forefront of cybersecurity news the past few weeks, so to catch you up, this Cyber Round Up will focus on China. China’s New Cyber Weapon (NYTimes Reports): In an apparent effort to take out services that allow China’s Internet users to view websites otherwise blocked in the country, China has turned […]

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NSA or Not, Equation Group is Recognized as the “Most Advanced” Threat Actor in Cyberspace

Another report has been released identifying widespread spyware breaches. This most recent report released by Kaspersky Lab, a cyberthreat firm, named the “Equation Group” the most advanced “threat actor” out of over 60 advanced attackers investigated by the firm over the past several years, reports Defense One. According to the report, the Equation Group has been active […]

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Cyber Round Up: Hacking Wall Street; FBI Warning Post Sony Malware; Hacking E-Cigs, Parking Lots, and Issues with Cryptography

Hacking underlying a sophisticated cyber scheme to rig the stock market was revealed on Monday by the security firm FireEye.  FireEye warned the FBI that a group of hackers, which FireEye has designated FIN4, had stolen highly sensitive secrets from over a hundred companies for the purpose of gaming the stock market.  The primary targets of the scheme […]

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The Five Ws of REGIN

“In the world of malware threats, only a few rare examples can truly be considered GROUNDBREAKING and almost PEERLESS,” – Symantec. With all the recent hype surrounding Regin, we have scoured the net and broken down the five W’s of Regin below: WHO: The highly complex and sophisticated makeup of Regin, as well as its extensive […]

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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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