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What’s wrong with the NSA monitoring Internet traffic?

Questions for today: What is the difference between the NSA monitoring Internet traffic and the state police monitoring traffic along an interstate highway?  Especially when the NSA looks only at meta-data, how is that not like monitoring traffic as it goes by to look for speeders, unsafe drivers, wanted criminals, stolen vehicles, expired safety inspections, […]

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Mar 11th, 2015 NSA, privacy

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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Draft AUMF from White House

On February 11, 2015, the President of the United States sent a letter to Congress “submitting a draft AUMF that would authorize the continued use of military force to degrade and defeat ISIL.”  Recall that past Authorizations for Military Force (AUMF) have been cited by the White House as authority for electronic surveillance as “signals […]

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Bulk Telephone Records Program Continues Despite Privacy and Civil Liberties Concerns

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (“PCLOB”) released a report concerning two government intelligence surveillance programs. The PCLOB is an independent agency within the executive branch tasked with ensuring that the federal government’s efforts to thwart terrorism are balanced with privacy rights and civil liberties. In 2014, the PCLOB issued reports on the government’s Section […]

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Cyber Round Up: NSA Develops Cyber Weapons; India’s Cyber Gap; Cyber Dangers of Cell Phones

NSA Develops Cyber Weapons: RT reports the NSA has developed cyber weapons that enable them to paralyze the enemy’s computer networks and all infrastructures they control.  Relying on documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the article describes how NSA’s surveillance was just the first step in NSA’s plan to take control over the internet and rival […]

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Jan 21st, 2015 cybersecurity, malware, NSA

The Five Ws of REGIN

“In the world of malware threats, only a few rare examples can truly be considered GROUNDBREAKING and almost PEERLESS,” – Symantec. With all the recent hype surrounding Regin, we have scoured the net and broken down the five W’s of Regin below: WHO: The highly complex and sophisticated makeup of Regin, as well as its extensive […]

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US Control Systems Have Been Hacked By Nation States – NSA Director Warns “This Is Not Theoretical”

“The cyber threat is real, this is not theoretical.” – National Security Agency Director Admiral Michael Rogers. At a hearing in Washington today of the House Intelligence Committee, National Security Agency Director Admiral Michael Rogers discussed the nation’s cyber vulnerabilities.  Roger set out the three missions of the US Cyber Command: defend DOD’s network, generate […]

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Ninth Circuit Applies Exclusionary Rule to Violation of Posse Comitatus Act, Potential Effect on NSA Related Cyber Prosecutions

The Ninth Circuit, in United States v. Dreyer, a divided Court of Appeals case, recently concluded that suppression of evidence pursuant to the exclusionary rule was an appropriate remedy when the actions of a civilian agent of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) violated the Posse Comitatus Act  by turning over criminal data to prosecutors revealed […]

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Hayden Versus Greenwald: High-Profile Debate On State Surveillance Coming Up

Here’s a heads-up to those who are interested in watching the straight-forward debate on what the Toronto Star labeled in today’s print edition “Big Brother – bad or good?” Scheduled for 7:00 p.m. EDT, Munk Debates, a Canadian charitable initiative, will set the stage for  former director of the NSA, CIA, and Principal Deputy Director of […]

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Cyber Round Up: Reactions to NSA Reform Proposal

As promised, here is a mini round up detailing the public’s response, generally, to President Obama’s NSA reform proposal: The Hill reports that Obama’s proposal is “sure to come under fire as it heads to Congress.”  The report notes several possible reasons.  Here are a few: (1) Although lawmakers have generally expressed support for 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.

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

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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