Archive for September, 2011

US creates Matrix-style cyberwar firing range: The Register

On September 20, 2011, Lewis Page reported for The Register on how the US military plans to "create a cyberwarfare firing range in which to test cyber weapons and train the cyber warriors of tomorrow."  Called the National Cyber Range project, engineers from DARPA have created a walled-off network battleground on a similar scale to […]

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Cyberattack on Japan’s missle, nuclear plants: Financial Times

On September 19th, 2011, Lindsay Whipp reported for the Financial Times on how computers and servers at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (Japan's largest defense contractor) were hacked in a cyberattack.  The attack was Japan's first known cyberattack on the country's defense industry and targeted Mitsubishi Heavy Industries' submarine, missle, and nuclear plants.  The company went on […]

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Sep 19th, 2011 cyber attack

Former cybersecurity czar says smartphones, digital certificates create security problems: Network World

On September 19th, 2011, Ellen Messmer of Network World interviewed former White House cybersecurity adviser Richard Clarke, author of the book "Cyber War," on his thoughts about US cybersecurity, SLL certificates, and more.   With regard to US cybersecurity, Clarke notes that cyberattacks have not gone so far as to bring down a power grid; […]

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Your Online Driver’s License: NYT

On September 17th, 2011, Natasha Singer wrote for the New York Times about the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC).  Comparing NSTIC to a digital driver's license, Singer explained how NSTIC would make it so people have a simpler, safer way to prove who they are online with more than a flimsy password.  […]

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U.S.-Australia Joint Statement on Cyberspace

This is the actual text released by the U.S. State Department.  Notice implicit definition of when a cyber attack justifies self defense under international law. U.S.-Australia Ministerial Consultations 2011 Joint Statement on Cyberspace Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 15, 2011 As part of the 26th Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations on September […]

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US, Australia add cyber realm to defense treaty: Reuters

On September 14th, 2011, Reuters reported on how the United States and Australia will include the cyber realm as a party of a mutual defense treaty.  This commitment is the first explicit application of the cyber realm to a mutual defense treaty outside of NATO.  The treaty essential means that a cyber attack on one […]

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Botnets descend from the skies: MSNBC

On September 9th, 2011, John Roach wrote for on how remote-controlled drones could be used to hack both your phone and wireless network.  Sven Dietrich, a cyber-security expert, recently built a proof-of-concept drone that can hack wireless connections, get access to computers, and build botnets.  Botnets perform activities such as distributed denial-of-service attacks, click […]

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Study warns US must develop cyber intelligence: AP

On September 12th, 2011, Lolita Baldor reported for the AP that a new study warns that the U.S. must develop cyber intelligence as a new and better coordinated government discipline.  The report, authored by the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA), says the expansion of sophisticated cyber-attacks has increased the impact of possible damages.  Where […]

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Sep 12th, 2011 Criticism, cyber attack

On anniversary of 9/11, cyberattacks pose national threat: Computerworld

On September 7th, 2011, Jaikumar Vijayan wrote for Computerworld on how the United States still faces a critical threat to its security from cyberattacks.  Mr. Vijayan referenced a new report by the Bipartisan Policy Center's National Security Preparedness Group (NSPG) which assesses the progress that the public sector has made in implementing the security recommendations […]

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Who watches the watchmen: The Economist

On September 10th, 2011, the Economist reported on the controversy regarding the issuance of digital certificates.  The article pointed out that internet security is a top-down affair; users are told whom to trust by digital certificates which are issued by several hundred companies that pride themselves on their security.  It should all work fine in […]

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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

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