Archive for September, 2011

Aurora vulnerability: CNN

  The above video shows a simulated cyberattack on a electric generator.  See the blog post below for context on the Aurora vulnerability. Please follow and like us:


Sep 29th, 2011 cyber attack, warfare

Cyber attacks on utilities, industries rise: Boston Globe

On September 29th, 2011, Douglas Birch reported for the Boston Globe on how U.S. utilities and other crucial industries face an increasing number of cyber break-ins by attackers.  U.S. officials have long feared that future wars will include cyber attacks on power plants, pipelines and air traffic control systems.  Acting DHS Deputy Undersecretary Greg Schaffer […]

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Stuxnet: Anatomy Of A Computer Virus

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U.S. ‘Leading Force’ Behind Stuxnet: NPR

On September 26th, 2011, Tom Gjelten reported for NPR on how a German cybersecurity expert Ralph Langner has pegged the US as behind Stuxnet.  Langer was the first to announce the discovery of Stuxnet, calling it the most sophisticated worm he had ever seen.  Langer described Stuxnet "as a worm that could burrow its way […]

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Sep 27th, 2011 cyber attack, Stuxnet, warfare

The ‘Worm’ That Could Bring Down The Internet: NPR

On September 27th, 2011, NPR reported on how the massive computer worm called Conficker has been spreading throughout the world.  According to writer Mark Bowden, Conficker penetrates the core of a computer's operating system and turns control of the computer over to a remote operator.  Conficker takes all of these infected computers and networks them […]

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Pentagon extends cyberattack defense program: CBS News

On September 26th, 2011, CBS News reported on how the Pentagon is extending a pilot program to protect US defense contractors against cyberattack.  The program, which could serve as a model for other government agencies and critical infrastructure, seeks to harden the networks of defense contractors against attack.  To do so, the program has embraced […]

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Rethinking Cybersecurity – A Comprehensive Approach | Center for Strategic and International Studies

James Lewis, who spoke on our campus (Syracuse University) last year, released the text of a speech he gave on September 20, 2011 entitled Rethinking Cybersecurity – A Comprehensive Approach.  While there certainly are some points with which I disagree, his analysis and recommended approach are an important contribution. He offers an interesting analogy of […]

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Pro-Assad ‘Army’ Wages Cyberwar In Syria: NPR

On September 25th, 2011, Deborah Amos reported for NPR on how the Syrian government has turned to pro-government hackers to attack anti-government activists and their cause.  Calling themselves the Syrian Electronic Army, the pro-government hackers have flooded Facebook, Newsweek, the U.S. Department of Treasury, and actor Brad Pitt and television personality Oprah Winfrey's web sites  […]

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US Expresses Concern Over Cyberattacks In Japan: NYT

On September 21, 2011, Hiroko Tabuchi reported for the New York Times on the United States' response to recent cyberattacks on the Japanese defense contractor Mitsubishi Heavy Industries ("MHI").  Karen Kelley, an American Embassy spokeswoman, said that “We are concerned by news reports of cyberattacks on select Japanese companies and will continue to monitor the […]

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DigiNotar files for bankruptcy: BBC News

On September 20th, 2011, BBC News reported on how the Dutch computer security firm DigiNotar has filed for bankruptcy.  DigiNotar's internal systems were recently compromised by the hacker ComodoHacker.  ComodoHacker then issued fake security certificates that could be used to impersonate web firms like Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Skype. DigiNotar will be folded up into […]

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Sep 20th, 2011 Authentication

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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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