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US Judge suppresses ‘stingray’ evidence

US District Judge William Pauley Suppresses “stingray” cell location evidence (Reuters): Nate Raymond writes in this Reuters article that U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III ruled in a Southern District of New York case, that the use of a stingray to locate a cell phone constituted an unreasonable search under the IV Amendment.  According […]

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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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Apple CEO Vows to Challenge Court Order to Assist in San Bernardino Shooting Investigation

The encryption debate continues. A court order compelling Apple Inc. to assist the FBI in obtaining access to the data contained in the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters was issued on February 16, 2016.  Since then, Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, has released a letter addressed to customers vowing to challenge the court […]

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Cyber Round Up: Six Botnets Identified and Traced; DoD Releases Cloud Connection Process Guide; France Wants to Increase Legal Tools to Address Cybercrimes

Six Botnets Identified and Traced (Israeli21c): Six botnets have been identified and traced by cybersecurity researchers from Deutsche Telekom Innovation Labs at Ben-Gurion University, according to an article by Israeli21c. Botnets are “networks of malicious remotely undatable code” that infect computers, the article explained. Hackers can then use these botnets to carry out “powerful attacks” that are very […]

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US District Attorney Calls for Access to Encrypted Phone Data

U.S. District Attorney Claims that Encrypted Data Impedes Law Enforcement U.S. District Attorney Cyrus Vance has indicated that encrypted data on cell phones impedes law enforcement investigations, according to an article in Bloomberg.  Vance is quoted as saying “The line to protect the public should not be drawn by two companies who make smartphones”, which was […]

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Cyber Vigilantes Operate Unhindered by Governments in Fight Against ISIS

As you scroll through your news feed, take notice all the articles on hacktivist groups and activities.  Through issues like the Sony and Ashley Madison breaches and the release of U.S. military personnel information by ISIS supporters, hacktivism has earned a place in our daily vocabulary.  After almost any big “real-world” event, you can now expect “cyber” action from these hacktivist groups.  […]

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Cyber Round Up: Sony Settles Breach Suit, Cyber Command Vision Statement Released, U.S.-EU Data Protection Agreement

Sony Settles Data Breach Lawsuit (Techtimes.com):  Sony Pictures Entertainment (“SPE”) reached a settlement in a class action lawsuit filed against by former employees, Tech Times reports.  The suit alleged that SPE was negligent in protecting its system against a breach, resulting in the data breach that resulted in the online theft of the employees’ personal […]

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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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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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