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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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Cyber Round Up: Holder says NSA programs legal; Snowden nominated for Nobel; Iranian officials concerned with oil industry’s cyber safety

In speaking with the Senate Judiciary Committee, Attorney General Eric Holder backed the judicial determination that the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance programs are legal, according to the Miami Herald.  However, AG Holder emphasized the true debate, one not over legality, but over proper use of authority. “[J]ust because we can do something, should we […]

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The Adventures of Stuxnet, the Destructor: Wired

I tweeted this out earlier, but for those of you not on Twitter, this is too cool: click through to this comic on Stuxnet, posted via Wired, and illustrated by Ramon Perez.  I really hope this becomes an ongoing thing.

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Apr 18th, 2013 Stuxnet

Nevermind, Stuxnet Isn’t Back: threatpost

According to Michael Mimoso’s article for threatpost: Iranian officials are retracting Christmas day reports that malware resembling Stuxnet had been used to attack manufacturing facilities including a power utility in southern Iran. Apparently someone was misquoted.

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Dec 26th, 2012 cyber attack, Iran, Stuxnet

Cyber Roundup (12/26): NSA targets domestic systems, Mutants, Stuxnet’s back, and more . . .

David Axe, for Wired, with an extremely interesting article titled This Scientist Wants Tomorrow’s Troops to Be Mutant-Powered.  The article touches upon Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI) and the idea of neuro-enhancements, which I think will eventually become a “cyber issue” to the extent that such technology will be exploited like computers.  The article focuses more on […]

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Cyber Roundup (11/8): Stuxnet infected Chevron, Gen. Alexander lays out who does what, and Skyfall inspired by Stuxnet?

Quick survey of recent cyber news . . . *** On 11/8, Rachael King reported for the Wall Street Journal’s CIO Journal on how Stuxnet infected Chevron.  According to King, Chevron found Stuxnet in its networks, but the malware didn’t cause any damage.  The article noted that the U.S. government perhaps didn’t realize how far […]

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Stuxnet = armed attack? Lawfare

Paul Rosenzweig posted a Lawfare blog entry on Stuxnet.  Specifically, Mr. Rosenzweig posted a guest essay titled “Operation Olympic Games — A Legal Setback and a Strategic Opportunity” by Ernesto J. Sanchez. Check out the blog post for the full essay.  As a quick summary, Mr. Sanchez believes that Stuxnet’s use was inconsistent with the […]

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Cyber Roundup (7/1): A cyber branch of the military, crossing the cyber Rubicon, and Stuxnet’s termination date

You know the deal . . . a survey of the past week's recent cyber news. *** Eric Chabrow wrote for GovInfo Security and had a very interesting suggestion: create a cyber branch of the military.  The general idea, concocted by two Army officers, was to "add[] an efficient and effective cyber branch alongside the […]

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Cyber Roundup (6/21): Iran stops new massive cyberattack, U.S./Israel behind Flame, U.S. and China in cyberspace, CNBC to run Chinese cyberespionage program, and what is America’s cyber policy?

Whew, quite a hectic few weeks with regard to cyber news . . . *** Reuters reports that Iran says it has detected and stopped a major cyberattack against its nuclear program.  The article noted that it was unclear whether the Iranians were referring to Flame or some new attack. *** In what should probably […]

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Cyber Roundup (6/11): Fallout from the Stuxnet leak, Google is warning users, and Flame’s connection to Stuxnet

A quick survey of some recent cyber news . . . *** On 6/5, Jason Ryan reported for ABCNews on Google’s new effort to warn its users of state sponsored cyberattacks.  The article cited a blog post written by Google’s VP of Security Engineering which explained that Google will warn its users by displaying 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

Shelby E. Mann

Ryan D. WhiteShelby is a second year law student at the Syracuse University College of Law. During her final year at the University of Missouri, she served as a full-time news producer for ABC 17 News. Shelby spent her first summer of law school at the Shelby County District Attorney General's Office in Memphis, Tenn., in the Public Corruption and Economic Crimes Unit. She is a member of Syracuse Law Review, the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and the senior editor for the Syrian Accountability Project. 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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