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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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FBI Director’s Speech at the Symantec Government Symposium 8/30/2016 full text and audio

Full audio (42 minutes): FBI Director James Comey presented the morning government keynote address to cyber security experts at the Symantec Government Symposium in Washington, D.C. on August 30, 2016.  After outlining the various threats in cyberspace, he identified “three joint goals” for government and the private sector together: reduce vulnerabilities work together to do […]

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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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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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FBI unable to hire number of computer scientists authorized, according to Inspector General program audit

The Federal Bureau of Investigation had only hired 52 of the 134 computer scientists it was authorized to employ under the Justice Department’s Next Generation Cyber Initiative launched in 2012, according to a report released today, July 30, 2015, by the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General.  Although the “audit found that the […]

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Dark Web: A new CRS Report

Dark Web is a new report from the Congressional Research Service dated July 7, 2015.  (Most of you are probably aware that CRS reports are not released to the public but tend to get linked and generally are pretty well done.)  The report summarizes: The layers of the Internet go far beyond the surface content […]

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The Administration’s Proposed Statutory Change Explained

In an effort to apprise the public of the government’s ongoing effort to combat cyber crime, the DOJ began a series on its blog explaining some of the legislative proposals made by President Obama in January.  Each blog post will focus on a specific aspect of the proposal, and will outline the reasons behind the proposed changes. The […]

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Pros and Cons of Hacking Back

Imagine: You are the CEO of a multi-million dollar company. Aware of the current cyber climate, you budgeted out a large chunk of your company’s money for cybersecurity. This morning you received a phone call from the head of security alerting you to a cyber breach. The good news is that your security team was able to discover […]

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WANTED: Evgeniy Bogachev, Cyber Criminal

A $3 million dollar reward has been offered in exchange for information that leads to the arrest or conviction of Evgeniy Bogachev, a Russian national, believed to be the leader of the criminal organization responsible for the use of the malware “Gameover Zeus” (“GOZ”) and “Cryptolocker”, reported Reuters. Bogachev was named a defendant in the complaint, […]

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A Hacktivist View of US Cybersecurity

When those in power break their own laws then there is no law and no moral authority; there are just competing factions in an international power struggle to control resources. – Jeremy Hammond, Anonymous hacktivist. Following the SONY and CENTCOM cyber attacks, there has been a lot of discussion about the difference between nation-state and individual hackers, large-scale […]

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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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