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Cyber-Offensive Considerations in Syria

According to a report published by the New York Times yesterday, when the civil uprising in Syria turned violent in the spring of 2011, key government agencies, such as the National Security Agency (NSA), produced a plan for cyberstrike against the Assad regime that would “essentially turn the lights out for Assad.” However, President Obama has […]

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Turkish Internet Rules Spark International Controversy

A new Turkish Internet law is sparking controversy worldwide, Phys.org reports.  The law essentially would broaden the government’s reach in cyberspace by permitting the telecommunications authority to block websites without first obtaining a court order, and by forcing Internet service providers (ISPs) to store data on web users for two years so that information can […]

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Yale Information Society Project Events on Cyber Security

The Yale Information Society Project announced upcoming events relevant to cyber security: The Global War for Internet Governance, Thursday, February 13, 2014 – 12:00pm Law Enforcement and Hacking, Tuesday, February 18, 2014 – 12:00pm Cass Sunstein: Liberty and Security in a Changing World: The Report of the President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies, […]

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Cyber Roundup: Including More Updates from President Obama’s January 17th Speech

To start, here’s another update from President Obama’s January 17th speech regarding changes to the government’s surveillance activities.  The Washington Post reports that, yesterday, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court approved a motion modifying the most recent primary order that authorized the Section 215 phone records program.  More specifically, as reported by the Post, these amendments make is so that […]

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Massive Data Breach Not Enough to Change Americans’ Habits

According to a recent Associated Press-GfK poll, the massive security breach at the retail giant Target, which compromised over 40 million debit and credit card numbers and the personal information of at least 70 million people, has done little to encourage the American public to take a more active role in the security of their […]

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President Obama’s National Security Letter Reforms: UPDATE

On January 17, 2014, President Obama addressed the nation with his plan to revamp government surveillance activities.  The President outlined five key changes he hopes to implement moving forward.  You can take a look at our post from the day the speech was released for a full recap; but, for now, I want to focus […]

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Cyber Round Up: Holder says NSA programs legal; Snowden nominated for Nobel; Iranian officials concerned with oil industry’s cyber safety

In speaking with the Senate Judiciary Committee, Attorney General Eric Holder backed the judicial determination that the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance programs are legal, according to the Miami Herald.  However, AG Holder emphasized the true debate, one not over legality, but over proper use of authority. “[J]ust because we can do something, should we […]

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D.C. Court Rules Against FCC on Net Neutrality

Last week the D.C. Court of Appeals issued its ruling in the much talked about net neutrality case between Verizon and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  I’ll cut to the chase—the Court struck down the FCC’s “Open Internet Order,” also known as “net neutrality.” Now for a little background, starting with some definitions (paraphrased from […]

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Launching Cyber Attacks Through a Computer’s “Sonic Signature”

We’ve all heard the humming and vibration a computer’s coils and capacitators make.  You may even know that these noises fluctuate based on the amount of power the processor is drawing.  This concept is known as the machine’s “sonic signature,” and it can now be used to launch cyber strikes, specifically by decrypting messages being […]

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Lawfare Blog: “The Continuing Struggle for Control in Cyberspace—And the Deterioration of Western Influence”

Lawfare Blog contributor Paul Rosenzweig recently wrote a great post explaining the struggle for control over the Internet and the potential implications of shifting governing authority to the international community. This line from the post really gives you a sense of Rosenzweig’s opinion on the importance of the outcome of this struggle: As a world […]

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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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