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Cyber Round Up: US Central Command Hacked; Anonymous vs. Islamic Terrorists; NSA Director Pushes for Stronger Cyber Responses; US Denies ‘Hack Back’ Against North Korea

US Central Command Hacked by Islamic Hackers: US Central Command’s Twitter and YouTube accounts have been hacked by a group claiming to back Islamic State, reports BBC News.  While an unnamed Pentagon official said the hacking was an embarrassment but did not appear to be a security threat, one message by the hackers read: “American […]

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Cyber Round Up: Medical Devices as a Cyber Vulnerability; US Regulators Concerned about ‘Armageddon-Type’ Cyber Attack; Islamic State Takes Over Social Media; Taiwan Probes Xiaomi on Cyber Security; Cyber Attacks Hit Military Transport Companies

According to an article by the Washington Post, something people used to dismiss as a far-fetched idea is now getting main-stream coverage.  The article reports that the FDA is holding a conference open to the public to discuss the potential cyber vulnerabilities in the use of medical devices. New York State Department of Financial Services Chief Benjamin […]

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TIME: An ISIS Cyberattack Against the United States is Unlikely

Is the exposure of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) throughout various social media websites a sign that ISIS is technologically capable of launching a major cyberattack against the United States? According to a recent article by Time Magazine Online, the answer is no. While the article acknowledges ISIS’s recruitment campaign over social media networks like […]

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William Banks (INSCT) writes on the role of counterterrorism law in shaping ad bellum norms for cyber warfare

A very good article from Syracuse’s own William Banks, director of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism at Syracuse University.  The article was titled The Role of Counterterrorism Law in Shaping ad Bellum Norms for Cyber Warfare, and was written for the U.S. Naval War College’s International Law Studies.  Here’s a quick snippet from Prof. Bank’s […]

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The Guerrilla Myth: WSJ

On 1/18, Max Boot wrote for The Wall Street Journal’s Saturday Essay section on The Guerrilla Myth, or 9 lessons of insurgency “we seem unable to learn.”  Boot wrote War Made New: Weapons, Warriors, and the Making of the Modern World, which I really enjoyed. Boot’s essay isn’t cyber specific, but rather, broadly covers the […]

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Jan 19th, 2013 Cyber Jihad, terrorism, warfare

Bank Hacking Was the Work of Iranians, Officials Say: NYT

Nicole Perlroth & Quentin Hardy for The New York Times on Iran’s continuing involvement with those DDOS on American banks.  The article quotes James A. Lewis, CSIS: “There is no doubt within the U.S. government that Iran is behind these attacks.  . . .” It’s important to note that these DDOS attacks are much stronger than […]

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Jan 9th, 2013 cyber attack, Cyber Jihad, Iran

Selling flak jackets in cyberwar: Reuters

Interesting Reuters article from Gerry Shih on CloudFlare, a web start-up that shields customer websites from DDOS attacks by rerouting internet traffic.  The firm’s practices are a bit controversial because it counts designated terrorists and cyber criminals among its customers.  The Reuters article questions whether this would constitute a violation of the material support statutes […]

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Dec 15th, 2012 Cyber Jihad

In Cyberattack on Saudi Firm, U.S. Sees Iran Firing Back: NYT

On 10/23, Nicole Perlroth reported for the New York Times on a cyberattack against Saudi Aramco, one of Saudi Arabia’s largest oil companies.  That attack was dubbed Shamoon, and it has been widely reported that Iran is the chief suspect behind it. What exactly is Shamoon, and what did it do?  Shamoon was a malware […]

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Clues about who’s behind recent cyber attacks on US banks: CSM

On 10/2, Mark Clayton reported for The Christian Science Monitor on those cyberattacks against the websites of prominent U.S. banks.  Those attacks were of the DDOS variety, so there is no indication the hackers actually got into the bank’s networks.  Although some news outlets pointed the finger at Iran (or “some state”), a hacktivist group […]

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Cyber Roundup (9/27): CyberComm says Chinese targeting Pentagon, Cyberwarfare emerges from the shadows, cyber bringing us back to the dark ages, social engineering, hackers breach Adobe, and much more . . .

Quite a few interesting articles tonight . . . On 9/27, Jim Wolf reported for Reuters on comments by Rear Admiral Samuel Cox, CyberComm’s director of intel, on efforts by the Chinese to penetrate Pentagon computer networks.  Specifically, Admiral Cox said that “[The Chinese] level of effort against the Department of Defense is constant . […]

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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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