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Initiation of U.S. Investigation of China for Conducting or Supporting Unauthorized Intrusions Into U.S. Commercial Computer Networks

From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative: USTR Announces Initiation of Section 301 Investigation of China Washington, DC – Today, U.S Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer formally initiated an investigation of China under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. The investigation will seek to determine whether acts, policies, and practices of the Government […]

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Aug 21st, 2017 China, Cyber Exploitation

NATIONAL COUNTERINTELLIGENCE AND SECURITY CENTER STRATEGIC PLAN

“The cyber threat is simultaneously a national and homeland security threat and a counterintelligence problem.”

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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 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: ‘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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Cyber Round Up: U.S. Tracking Cyber Activity in Syria Conflict, DPRK Hacked ROK Metro System — ROK Legislator, Aircraft Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks — European Official

U.S. Tracking Cyber Activity in Syria Conflict (AirForceTimes):  Air Force Lt. Gen. James McLaughlin told the AirForceTimes that since Russia began its airstrikes in Syria, the U.S. began monitoring the cyber landscape for potential cyber threats that could emerge due to the conflict in Syria, the AirForceTimes reported.  He did not specify what types of cyber threats […]

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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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A Look Back in Review: Analyzing the CentCom Hack

When Twitter and YouTube accounts belonging to the military’s US Central Command were hacked, the Pentagon brass quickly dismissed the hack as nothing more than “cybervandalism,” or a “cyberprank.”  However, the opinions of cybersecurity experts vary on the impact of what appeared to be a  “trivial hack.”  I have compiled views from both sides and provided links to read […]

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“Cyber-vandalism”? Wrong, Again, Mr. President.

The other day, I criticized the Administration for using the language of war to discuss the Sony hack.  Now, CNN reports that the President has switched to the other end of the rhetorical spectrum: “‘It was an act of cybervandalism,’ Obama said in an interview with CNN.”  Wrong again.  What happened to Sony was not […]

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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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