Today’s Cybernews

On November 4th, 2011, Reuters reported how China scorned the most recent report by the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive (see blog post below) and called it irresponsible.  In a shocking turn of events, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei rejected the report and repeated Beijing's long-standing position that it is a victim of cyberattacks.  Hong told reporters that "I hope the international community can abandon prejudice and work hard with China to maintain online security."


With the release of the National Counterintelligence Executive report and and the recent criticisms of Russia and China, one has to wonder if the United States has clean hands.  Jack Goldsmith wrote for Lawfare how the US does not engage in broad-ranging industrial or economic espionage, but still does so on a limited scale.  Citing a 1996 report, Goldsmith believes that "U.S. intelligence agencies do not collect proprietary information of foreign commercial firms to benefit private firms in the United States, but they do identify situations abroad where U.S. commercial firms are being placed at a competitive disadvantage as a result of unscrupulous actions, e.g. bribery and kickbacks.”  Moreover, Goldsmith quoted Former CIA Director James Woolsey's comments that the US steals secrets from foreign corporations for three reasons:  "(1) to understand how sanctions regimes are operating; (2) to monitor dangerous dual-use technologies in private hands; and (3) to learn about bribery practices."


Wired's Danger Room reported on how DARPA is funding an intricate misidentification program to track digital intruder's movements.  The program, run by Columbia University, generates bogus documents in classified networks and then tracks intruders who use the documents.  The program aims to "scare off uninvited riff-raff as well as minimize insider threats, one of the greatest vulnerabilities in military networks."   


On November 3rd, the Sacramento Bee reported how U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) will be holding a Cyber and Space Symposium titled "Space and Cyber: New Challenges, New Opportunities", from November 15-17, 2011.  The event will "provide an exciting venue for information exchange among leaders in cyber and space" and "offer space and cyber security professionals an unparalleled opportunity for education, interactive discussion and exposure to the latest technologies."  Among those attending include Gen C. Robert Kehler (Commander, Strategic Command), Gen Keith B. Alexander (Commander, US Cyber Command and Director, NSA) and Howard Schmidt, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator. 


Finally, the Onion (satire!) interviewed several ordinary citizens on their thoughts about hackers and cybersecurity.  One citizen was quoted as saying "The danger is evident. We must post tanks at the entrances to all cyber cafes immediately."  I couldn't agree more. 

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.


Untitled Document
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