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Cyber Round Up: PLA Cyberespionage Operations Decrease, Bulk Collection Under Section 215 Now Prohibited, Hackers take Advantage during the Season of Giving

Chinese PLA Cyberespionage Operations Decrease (Washington Post):  According to a report by the Washington Post, the Chinese military has decreased its cyberespionage activities against U.S. commercial assets since the Department of Justice indicted five People’s Liberation Army (“PLA”) officers.  The PLA has not “substantially reengaged in commercial cyberespionage” since the charges were announced in May 2015, […]

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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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Cyber Round Up: REGIN Malware; Egyptian Cyber Army; Potential Iran Cyber Attacks; State-Sponsored Hackers VS Human Rights Groups

REGIN  – Top-tier espionage malware that Symantec and Kaspersky reports indicate was created by a nation state has been described as a highly sophisticated back door-type Trojan that is customizable with an extensive range of capabilities depending on the target.  Stay tuned to Crossroads Blog this week for an in-depth look at “The Five Ws […]

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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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Cyber Round Up: White House Breach Linked to Russian Government; New Law Against Cyber Squatting in Nigeria; DHS Probes Cybersecurity Dangers in Medical Devices; New Report Links Cyber Espionage Group to Chinese Intelligence; Justice Official Speaks on Government-Business Cooperation to Improve Cybersecurity

The Washington Post reports that hackers thought to be working for the Russian government breached the unclassified White House computer networks in recent weeks resulting in temporary disruptions to some services while cybersecurity teams worked to contain the intrusion.  However, the article also states that the intruders did not damage any of the systems and […]

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Cyber Round Up: US Government Investigates Cyber Vulnerabilities in Medical Devices; DOJ Creates New Roles for Cybersecurity; Israeli Start-up Provides New Method for Early Detection of Cyber Attacks; China’s Cybersecurity Stance at Upcoming Summit; Obama’s Order to Cut Identity Theft Signals Further Need for Cybersecurity Legislation

While there are no known instances of hackers attacking patients through medical devices, the Department of Homeland Security is working with manufacturers to identify and repair software coding bugs and other vulnerabilities that hackers can potentially use to expose confidential data or attack hospital equipment, according to a report by Reuters.  According to the report, the […]

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Canada’s NSA Equivalent Starring Latest Snowden Revelation

Yesterday, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) broke the news about an invasive domestic collection activity of the Communication Security Establishment Canada (CSEC), the country’s foreign signals intelligence agency. A presentation, classified “Top Secret” and leaked by former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden, outlines the 2 week experimental run of what was labeled “IP Profiling […]

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Cyber Roundup: Route Hijacking Ups Its Game; Advice from a “White Hat Hacker”; Australian Government Data Found on Privately Sold Memory Cards

A recent research study revealed that memory cards being sold on the Internet contained sensitive Australian government data.  According to the study, “It is evident that actions must be taken by second[-]hand auction sites[] and the media to raise awareness and educate end-users on how to dispose of data in an appropriate manner.” A December […]

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NSA Surveillance: Legal Repercussions from Abroad

After Germany’s Attorney General concluded to stand down in order to prevent “serious harm to the Federal Republic […]”, the Swiss Federal Prosecutor’s Office has now launched investigations into National Security Agency (NSA) operations in Switzerland. As the International Service of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation reported on Sunday, “article 271 of the penal code, which […]

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NSA Documents Leaked to Governments of Brazil, Mexico–Journalists Talk State Sovereignty

Various media outlets have reported on Glenn Greenwald’s activities over the weekend, which are the subject of this post.  However, I found NBC Bay Area’s recitation of events to be most helpful in understanding the crux of the story.  Based on that report, here’s what happened: Over the weekend, Greenwald, the Rio de Janeiro-based American […]

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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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