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FBI Director’s Speech at the Symantec Government Symposium 8/30/2016 full text and audio

Full audio (42 minutes): FBI Director James Comey presented the morning government keynote address to cyber security experts at the Symantec Government Symposium in Washington, D.C. on August 30, 2016.  After outlining the various threats in cyberspace, he identified “three joint goals” for government and the private sector together: reduce vulnerabilities work together to do […]

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Actual Amici Brief by the San Bernardino County District Attorney in Support of FBI

Here is the actual Amici brief submitted by the San Bernardino County District Attorney in support of the FBI. [Editors note:  This blog will attempt to provide readers with access to all of the primary source documents in the current litigation between the U.S. Department of Justice and Apple Inc., both this case in the […]

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FBI unable to hire number of computer scientists authorized, according to Inspector General program audit

The Federal Bureau of Investigation had only hired 52 of the 134 computer scientists it was authorized to employ under the Justice Department’s Next Generation Cyber Initiative launched in 2012, according to a report released today, July 30, 2015, by the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General.  Although the “audit found that the […]

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FBI’s Comey Today on Going Dark, Encryption

Delivered today, July 08, 2015: Going Dark: Encryption, Technology, and the Balances Between Public Safety and Privacy Joint Statement of James B. Comey, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation, with Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates, Before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, D.C. Good morning, Chairman Grassley, Ranking Member Leahy, and members of the Judiciary […]

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Our Legal Analysis of U.S. Response to Sony Attack

Hollywood and the entertainment industry are not critical infrastructure. The cyber attack on Sony’s computer networks and data is not, yet, a matter of national security. The attack is also not a use of force or an armed attack, the prerequisites for use of military force in self defense under international law. Thus, talk of […]

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Cyber Round Up: Hacking Wall Street; FBI Warning Post Sony Malware; Hacking E-Cigs, Parking Lots, and Issues with Cryptography

Hacking underlying a sophisticated cyber scheme to rig the stock market was revealed on Monday by the security firm FireEye.  FireEye warned the FBI that a group of hackers, which FireEye has designated FIN4, had stolen highly sensitive secrets from over a hundred companies for the purpose of gaming the stock market.  The primary targets of the scheme […]

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The FBI’s Role in Cybersecurity

Today, Richard P. Quinn, National Security Special Agent in Charge for the FBI’s Philadelphia Field Office, gave a statement before the House Homeland Security Committee, Subcommittee on Cyber Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies.  In the statement, Quinn outlined the FBI’s role in cybersecurity.  Here are the takeaways: The Cyber Threat and the FBI Response. […]

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Cyber Roundup: Kenya Supports Invasive Cyber Law; FBI Adds Five to “Cyber Most Wanted List”; Anonymous Claims Responsibility for Singapore Cyber Strike

The Daily Nation reports that a convention in the African Union that would, at a minimum, require persons or corporations engaging in electronic financial transactions to provide full identifying information, such as PIN numbers and addresses, will be supported by Kenya.  Opponents are reportedly concerned about the invasiveness of the law, its costs, and the […]

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New FBI Dir.: “resources devoted to cyber-based threats will equal or even eclipse the resources devoted to non-cyber based terrorist threats”

FBI Director James B. Comey testified before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs yesterday, November 14, 2013.  He expects that the resources devoted to all the many other things that the FBI does will be equaled or even eclipsed by the resources the FBI devotes to cyber threats.  That makes the FBI […]

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Social media snags 4 U.S. residents allegedly supporting Taliban

“Social media snags 4 U.S. residents allegedly supporting Taliban,” headlines CNN.  “FBI: 4 Calif. men charged in alleged terror plot,” reporters Reuters.  Here is the Los Angeles Field Office of the FBI puts it: Four Men Charged for Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to Terrorism FBI Los Angeles November 19, 2012 RIVERSIDE COUNTY—Four men have […]

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Nov 20th, 2012 social media, terrorism

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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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