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Cyber Round Up: Suspected Hacking at State Department; Cyber Bill Linked to NSA Reform; Chinese Government Hackers Suspected of US Postal Cyber Breach; President Obama’s Plan for Net Neutrality; Chinese Hackers Breach Australian Media Organisations;

The State Department has taken the unprecedented step of shutting down its entire unclassified email system as technicians repair possible damage from a suspected hacker attack, reports The News Tribune.  According to the report, a senior department official said Sunday that “activity of concern” was detected in the system around the same time as a […]

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Potential Public Safety Issues with the FCC’s Proposed Network Neutrality Rules

Is network neutrality a public-safety issue? The answer is yes, according to Catherine Sandoval, a commissioner with the California Public Utilities Commission, who spoke out at a recent network neutrality public forum in Sacramento, California. The forum was hosted by Representative Doris Matsui, and featured FCC commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Mignon Clyburn. Multichannel News, Fox40 […]

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Cyber Roundup: Terrorism Defendants Challenge the U.S. Gov and Hackers File Suit Against German Gov; Update on Lavabit’s Challenge to Civil Contempt Order

In October of last year, Lavabit challenged a civil contempt order issued after the service refused to hand over its encryption key that would have allowed the government to conduct surveillance on Edward Snowden.  According to the Washington Post, at the beginning of this month, the Fourth Circuit heard oral arguments on the issues.  Orin […]

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CNET: Net Neutrality Decision Boosted FCC Regulatory Authority

Just a few weeks ago, the limitations of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) regulatory authority was not well defined.  However, as Marguerite Reardon explains, that all changed when the D.C. court handed down its net neutrality opinion a few weeks ago.  Now: “[T]he FCC and even local public utility commissions can . . . impose […]

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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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Briefs Available in the Case of Verizon v. FCC

In September, Verizon Wireless and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) appeared before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to present oral arguments in a lawsuit filed by Verizon challenging the FCC’s Open Internet Rules. I posted about this case in September, but I wanted to provide more information about the […]

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Cyber roundup (4/10): CISPA moves to the House floor, Thor hunts hackers w/ Chinese help, Tallinn Manual PDF, and more . . .

A quick survey of recent cybernews . . . *** Just a heads up, if you run a Google Search for “Tallinn Manual pdf,” you can find one on page 3 of the results.  It has, needless to say, been a real pain to buy the book or attempt to read it in that viewer. […]

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Can internet activism turn into a real political movement? The Economist

On Jan 5, 2013, The Economist ran a wonderful article discussing internet users’ political power.  Opening with a discussion of netizen victories over SOPA, PIPA, ACTA, and other restrictive internet laws, the article suggested that internet users organized against restrictive laws bear similarity to both the Green Movement and the counter-culture movement of the 60s. […]

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Cyber Roundup (12/22): Regulators tell banks to share cyber attack info, WH Strategy for Information Sharing, Net Neutrality bill, and more . . .

Quick survey of recent cyber news . . . *** Eric Engleman & Dakin Campbell report for Bloomberg that the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency “told financial institutions to report cyber attacks to law enforcement and alert customers to their impact.  . . .” *** Antone Gonsalves reports for CSO on the White House’s […]

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System Error: Governments squabble over new rules for the internet (The Economist)

On 12/1, The Economist reported on the WCIT in Dubai.  That conference starts today.  If you’re reading this blog, you likely know about the WCIT and ITU, but the jist of the issue is that the WCIT may allow authoritarian governments to push for greater government control of the internet.  That conflicts with the U.S. […]

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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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