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Tort Liability for Buggy Software

Effectively there is no liability for manufacturers of buggy software.  This is not, however, due to a special exemption in the law enacted to ban software liability.  There is a special exemption to liability enacted by Congress for interactive computer services, and sometimes that overlaps with software.  Generally, however, the reason you can’t sue software […]

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Rule 41 Amendments– Why There’s No Reason to Panic

UPDATE (11/18/16):   A report from The Hill earlier today discussed a proposed bill that would delay the changes discussed below.   The changes are set to take effect on December 1, 2016.   The Review the Rule Act, which according to the article has bipartisan support, would delay the effective date of the Rule 41 […]

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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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UK Cyber Strategy: Full Report

Attached is the official version of the UK’s National Cyber Strategy that was mentioned in this morning’s Round Up.

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UK launches new cyber strategy; Treasury releases cyber guidelines; Dyn attack poses legal trouble

UK Government launches new National Cyber Security Strategy today (SC Magazine):  The UK will announce a new national cyber strategy later today, according to reports.   An article says that Chancellor Phillip Hammond will outline a  £1.9 billion plan to become “the safest place in the world” to do business.  This nearly doubles the previous strategy, the […]

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Cyber Round Up: Advice for security in wake of cyber attack; Podesta a cybersecurity poster child; Chinese Computer Gear Poses Cyber Spy Threat

Companies urged to use multiple vendors in wake of cyber attack (Reuters): An article from Reuters provides advice for companies following Friday’s DDoS attacks that crippled several websites throughout the U.S.   The article quotes one official from Dyn, the New Hampshire DNS company that was hacked, said that the company has advocated for redundancy […]

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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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Cyber Round Up: National Cyber Incident Response Plan; CNBC sponsors Cambridge Cybersecurity Summit; Microsoft promotes transparency worldwide

National cyber incident response plan: We need your input (CSO):   The Department of Homeland Security is seeking public comment on a recently released draft copy of the National Cyber Incident Response Plan.   A recent CSO article highlights the Obama Administration’s focus on defining federal agencies’ roles in the event of a cyber incident.  One major […]

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Oct 5th, 2016 cybersecurity

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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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