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Hackers need 12 hours to steal info while breach detection takes 300 days, hacker survey says

A report released last week took a different approach to cyber security.  Instead of analyzing all the breaches that occurred and looking for trends there, the report surveyed the threats themselves.  Nuix’s “Black Report” surveyed 70 different hackers at a conference to see the cyber security world through their eyes.  The report, which is included […]

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Cyber Round Up: Reworked NYS Cyber Regs; Obama Officials on Trump’s Cyber EO; DC’s Security Camera’s Hacked at Inauguration

Reworked N.Y. Cybersecurity Regulation Takes Effect in March (Bank Info Security):   New York’s controversial cybersecurity regulations will take effect March 1, 2017.   A recent article discussed the revised regulation and how it is the first of its kind.   NY Governor Andrew Cuomo stressed that the state is the financial capital of the world, […]

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Cyber Round Up: U.S. Charges Iran-linked hackers, Biggest Threat: Insider Breaches, Ukraine Attacks Issue Wake-up Call to U.S. Critical Infrastructure

U.S. Charges Iran-linked Hackers with Targeting Banks and a N.Y. Dam (The Washington Post): According to this article, the Justice Department indicted seven hackers with ties to Iran for cybercrimes which included disrupting U.S. bank websites and hacking into a dam in Upstate N.Y.  The article states that this is the first time the DOJ has […]

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Cyber Round Up: Hackers Caused Ukrainian Power Outage — U.S. report; U.S. Air Force Cyber Weapon Operational; U.S. Navy Issues New Cybersecurity Standards

Hackers Caused Ukrainian Power Outage — U.S. report (Arstechnica): The Department of Homeland Security Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (“ICS-CERT”) determined that hackers did indeed cause the December 2015 power outage in Ukraine that affected 225,000 customers, according to Arstechnica. The article reported that this is the “first confirmed instance” of the use […]

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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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Cyber Round Up: Russian Hackers, Army Hacking Tools, Cyber Attack by…Oven, and more

Russian Hackers Used Two Unknown Flaws (Reuters Reports): A recent report by security firm FireEye determined that Russian hackers had been using flaws in Adobe’s Flash and Microsoft’s Windows operating system to try to get information about diplomatic targets in the United States and elsewhere. Adobe issued a fix for the breach on Tuesday, and while Microsoft […]

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Cyber Round Up: Iran Learns from West; Auto-Hacking Risks on the Rise; Facebook’s Cyber Security Network; Traps over Firewalls

NSA: Iran Learns from Western Cyberattacks: The Intercept reports that by studying and replicating Western cyber tactics, a NSA document warns that Iran has been able to create increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks.  According to the article, Iran’s destructive cyber attack against Saudi Aramco in August 2012 is questionably similar to a cyberattacks against Iran’s own oil industry […]

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Nation-State Cyberattacks are NOT Terrorism, asserts RAND expert

According to Martin C. Libicki, even when backed by nation-states, cyberattacks are not terrorism and should not be considered a national-security concern.  Do you agree? Libicki is a senior management scientist at the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND corporation.  In an article on the topic for Newsweek, Libicki defines terrorism as “the use of attacks to create […]

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Crowdsourcing National Cybersecurity?

When a project is just too big or too complex, the crowd can play an important role, and according to an article by The Washington Post, national cybersecurity might just be the type of project in need of a crowd. According to the article, cyber networks are best viewed as an asset that we all […]

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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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