Archive for September, 2010

More on U.S. Plans to Wiretap the Internet

Brian Prince, of, in an article dated September 27, 2010 reports on the Obama Administration's proposal to require all Internet-based communication services (including BlackBerry, Facebook, and Skype) to permit the Government to eavesdrop on the conversation – provided it first obtains an Article III warrant. The article quotes Cindy Cohn, legal director of the […]

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More & More on Stuxnet

Today's Wall Street Journal also has an article on Stuxnet: Computer Worm Hits Iran Power Plant. With any luck, below is a link to Google news results for "Stuxnet."  There are thousands. Google.   Please follow and like us:

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U.S. Wants to Make It Easier to Wiretap the Internet

By: Charlie Savage of The New York Times Published: September 27, 2010.  According to a New York Times article, the Obama Administration is expected to submit a bill to Congress next year that would require "all services that enable communications – including encrypted e-mail transmitters like BlackBerry, social networking Web sites like Facebook and software […]

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Iran Fights Malware Attacking Computers – NYT

Iran Fights Malware Attacking Computers By DAVID E. SANGER Published: September 25, 2010 NY Times The agency that runs Iran’s nuclear facilities said that its engineers were trying to protect facilities from a virus. Excerpt fom the article: The New York Times reported in 2009 that President George W. Bush had authorized new efforts, including […]

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More on Stuxnet

For background on this issue, please see my previous post. The ubiquitous Professor Chesney, now writing at, has once again beaten me to the draw by a few hours.  I like him a lot, and he does us all a great service with his listserve and blogging, but I am suspicious that he doesn't sleep.  […]


June 2010 CSIS interview of NSA Director

The Center for Strategic and International Studies interviewed General Keith B. Alexander , Director of the National Security Agency and Commander of Cyber Command in June of 2010. You can listen to a 10-minute podcast on CSIS's own web page, or right here, below. 100604_alexander_nsa  Also, you can watch a 55 minute video of a […]

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A cyber-missile aimed at Iran?

The Economist has about the most cogent explanation I have seen of this interesting development and mystery. A cyber-missile aimed at Iran? Sep 24th 2010, 13:32 by T.S. THE internet is abuzz this week with speculation about Stuxnet, a "groundbreaking" computer worm that attacks industrial-control systems. Put that way, it doesn't sound very exciting. But […]

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Cyberwar Chief Calls for Secure Computer Network – NY Times

Cyberwar Chief Calls for Secure Computer Network By THOM SHANKER Published: September 23, 2010 in the New York Times The new commander of the military’s cyberwarfare operations is advocating the creation of a separate, secure computer network to protect against attacks mounted over the Internet. It would provide to essential networks like those that tie […]

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Cloud Vendors Before Congress for Better Online Data Protections

Patrick Thibodeau, blogger and contributor for Computerworld, reports in an article dated September 23, 2010 that top lawyers from cloud vendors Microsoft, Google,, and many others, testified before Congress on the need to update the legal protections afforded to cloud-based computing systems. According to the lawyers, "The lack of such protections today is a […]

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Seeing The Internet As An ‘Information Weapon’ — Part 2 from NPR

Following up on yesterday's story, NPR has today (9/23/10) Seeing The Internet As An 'Information Weapon'.  The story poses the question: "So why is there no arms control measure that would apply to the use of cyberweapons?"  You can read the story here, or listen to the radio report below.   Please follow and like […]

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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. She is the 2018-9 Editor in Chief of the Syracuse Law Review, as well as a member of the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and the senior editor for the Syrian Accountability Project. 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. 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

Anna Maria Castillois 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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