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ACLU Releases Documents Detailing DHS Search and Seizure Practices at the Border

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has released a series of government documents obtained by its client, David House, as a result of his lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). House, a friend of Chelsea Manning, filed suit against DHS after his laptop, USB drive, and camera were seized by U.S. customs officials […]

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Fourth Amendment does not (yet) apply to NSA’s telephone call database (metadata)

We may wish to make surveilance like revealed by the Verizon court order (leaked by Mr. Snowden) for call meta data illegal. But, it is not now. It is specifically authorized by a statute and it was ordered by judges appointed pursuant to Article III of the Constitution. More over the Supreme Court has repeatedly […]

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Prosecution of Anonymous activists highlights war for Internet control: The Guardian

On 11/23, Glenn Greenwald wrote a provocative piece for The Guardian on how the U.S. government effectively shut down WikiLeaks without charging anyone from WikiLeaks with a crime.  Greenwald noted that after WikiLeaks leaked U.S. diplomatic cables, Sen. Lieberman began pressuring various hosting services (like Amazon)  and fund collection services (like Paypal, Visa, & Master […]

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Nov 25th, 2012 wikileaks

Analysis of Manning plea: Reuters

On 11/9, Reuter’s Andrew Longstreth offered analysis on Bradley Manning’s plea offer.  Manning is on trial for leaking classified documents; it’s widely assumed that he is the one responsible for giving Wikileaks all of the classified documents that they in turn leaked.  According to Longstreth, the reported plea offer came from Manning’s camp, not the […]

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Nov 11th, 2012 wikileaks

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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Anon declares war on Wikileaks: ZDNet

A little over a week old, but still very interesting.  Charlie Osborne reported for ZDnet on the dissolution of the alliance between Wikileaks and the hacker group Anonymous.  Anonymous previously “fought for” Wikileaks when Visa/Mastercard stopped processing donations, prompting attacks from the hacker collective.  In her article, Osborne explained that Wikileaks erected a paywall around […]

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Oct 19th, 2012 wikileaks

Cyber roundup (9/12): WCIT hits back, Korea-US cyber drills, Apple Device IDs, and WikiLeaks is losing it

Slow day in news, but a few articles of interest . . . *** On September 11th, 2012, David McAuley wrote for Bloomberg BNA on his recent interview with International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Secretary-General Dr. Hamadoun I. Toure.  There’s a lot of controversy over whether the ITU, backed by countries like China and Russia, will […]

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Cyber Roundup: Cyberattacks withhout “any sense of restraint,” a draft cybersecurity EO which we “have no need for,” and more Operation Aurora

A survey of today’s cyber news . . . *** Lily Kuo reported for Reuters on comments made by Debora Plunkett, the head of the NSA’s Information Assurance Directorate.  According to the article, Ms. Plunkett said that other nations are acting “reckless[ly],” using cyberattacks without “any sense of restraint.”  Ms. Plunkett contrasted these cyberattacks with […]

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The Soul Of The New Hacktivist: NYT

On March 17th, 2012, Somini Sengupta wrote for the New York Times on the phenomenon of hacktivism and Anonymous.  With regard to Anonymous, Sengupta noted that we still haven't really figured out what the group is.  Is Anonymous a group of criminals?  Are they just making political protests?  Or, as my favorite Wired article explained, […]

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Mar 18th, 2012 anonymity, wikileaks

WikiLeaks Publishes Leaked Stratfor Emails: WashPo

On Feb. 27th, 2012, the Washington Post reported on WikiLeaks' latest document release: 5 million of Stratfor's company e-mails.  For those that don't remember, the hacker group Anonymous broke into Stratfor  and swiped those e-mails.  Stratfor is a private intelligence firm that engages in "global geopolitical analysis."  Interestingly, WikiLeaks has been criticized for releasing this […]

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Feb 27th, 2012 wikileaks

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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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