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Cyber Round Up: Russia’s ‘Electronic Bomb’; FOIA and Government Encryption; Cyber Policy and Geography

Russia claims in can wipe out US Navy with single ‘electronic bomb’ (Fox News):  While most attention surrounding Russia’s cyber capabilities over the last year has focused on meddling in the 2016 election, a report earlier said their capabilities are much greater.   The article says that the report comes from a state controlled media […]

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U.S. Charges Russian Federal Security Service Officers with Hacking Related to Yahoo

Multiple news outlets have reported that a forty-seven-count indictment was handed up in the Northern District of California for multiple computer fraud and abuse act violations stemming from breaches of Yahoo accounts. The indictment includes four named parties and other unknown and unnamed: (1) Dmitry Aleksandrovich Dokuchaev was a Russian FSB Officer, (2) Igor Anatolyevich […]

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Cyber Round Up: Senate approves tech bills; Microsoft survives appeal; Russia arrests top cyber expert accused of treason

Senate panel approves slew of tech bills (The Hill):   A Senate committee approved seven technology focused bills yesterday, according to a recent report.   The Senate Commerce Committee’s first action in the 115th Congress included a stamp of approval on a bill related to the Internet of Things, the article said.  The Developing Innovation and […]

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Cyber Round Up: Obama Underestimated Cyber Threat, Electrical Grid Attack ‘Imminent’; The Bigger Issue with the Election Hacks

Obama Says He Underestimated Threat Posed by Cyberattacks (WSJ):   President Obama admitted to underestimating the affect cyber hacks could have on our society in an interview yesterday, a Wall Street Journal report said.  The outgoing President said he did not underestimate Putin himself, but did not fully understand the drastic impact that hacks and misinformation […]

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Russian Election Hacks Update with Reports, Testimony, Videos

The swirl around Russia’s meddling in recent U.S. elections has continued the last few days.   Yesterday, top intelligence officials testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee regarding foreign cyber threats to the U.S.  Today, ODNI released its declassified report on Russia’s role in the 2016 election cycle.  Throughout all of this, President-elect Trump has […]

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The Man Who Cried [Grizzly] Bear (previously known as the Boy Who Cried Wolf)

<opinion> The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming.  The latest narrative from the White House and the media reads like a Hollywood drama with the threat of our entire infrastructure being overtaken by Vladimir Putin and his evil operatives.  Does anyone else find it suspicious that when 20+ million personnel records were exfiltrated from […]

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Cyber Round Up: US Ready to Respond to Russia on Tuesday; Britain’s cybersecurity policy needs common sense; China passes controversial law

US government hackers ‘penetrate’ Russian electric grid and communication lines to be ‘ready’ in case of election day interference (Independent):   A recent report analyzes the present state of the ongoing cyber battle between the U.S. and Russia.   The article, posted just days before the 2016 Presidential Election, says that the U.S. is “in place” […]

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Cyber Round Up: General pleads guilty in Stuxnet probe; Russian hacker arrested abroad; National Guard a unique contributor to cybersecurity

4 star general snagged for lying in Stuxnet leak probe (Politico):  One of Obama’s closest generals pleaded guilty earlier this week in relation to leaks regarding U.S. cybersecurity efforts abroad, Politico reports. The article says General James Cartwright pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators about his communication of classified information with a reporter and biographer.  While […]

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US to launch cyberattack against Russia; CIA Director comments on ‘unprecedented’ cyber threats; Weaknesses in Aviation Systems

Obama administration asks CIA to prepare revenge cyber attack against Russia (Independent): Significant media coverage in recent days has been devoted to the potential U.S. response to Russia’s election hacks, including an article from Independent.  President Obama has asked the agency to explore potential options for a response attack, the article says.  Vice President Biden, […]

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Nuclear power plant disrupted by cyber attack; US points finger at Russia; Passwords the weak link of cybersecurity

IAEA Chief: Nuclear powerplant was disrupted by cyber attack (Reuters):  A report yesterday chronicled a cyber attack on a nuclear power plant a few years ago.   Director General of the IAEA Yukiya Amano spoke of the incident publicly for the first time, describing it as “disruptive” but not destructive.  While other attacks of this nature […]

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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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