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The War On Terabytes: The Economist

On Dec. 30th, 2011, the Economist reported on the the risks that US financial system faces.  Noting that 75% of all phising attacks are directed towards the financial sector, the article raised the concern that cyberattacks on the financial system might escalate from simple theft to intentional destruction.  To this end, in 2011, the Obama […]

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Dec 30th, 2011 cyber attack, regulation

Embarrassing Hackers: Lawfare

I was reading a Lawfare book review written by Benjamin Wittes, and I came across an interesting idea.  The book itself is relevant (America the Vulnerable, by Joel Brenner) in that it explores cyber-espionage and the US' cyber vulnerabilities, and the review is a positive one.  However, it wasn't the book that interested me. In […]

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Cyberbomb That Hit Iran Was 1 of 5 Weapons, Researchers Say: Fox News

On Dec. 29th, 2011, Fox News reported on a new twist in the Stuxnet story.  The article summarized research from Kaspersky Lab, a well-noted Russian anti-virus firm.  Kaspersky Labs have discovered that Stuxnet was one of five cyber weapons developed on a single platform, and that Duqu was likely built off of the same platform. […]

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Dec 29th, 2011 cyber attack, Stuxnet

Cyber Threat to Power Grid Puts Utility Investors at Risk: Forbes

On Dec. 27th, 2011, William Pentland wrote for Forbes on a SEC filing that explicitly mentioned cyberattacks as a stand-alone investor concern.  According to the article, Consolidated Edison of New York (an electric/gas utility serving NYC and Westchester County) included cyberattacks as a risk factor in a recent SEC filing.  The article quoted Con Ed […]

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Dec 28th, 2011 Current Affairs, regulation

Report Details Extent Of Anonymous Hack On Stratfor: CNET

On Dec. 27th, 2011, Michelle Meyers reported for CNET on the hacking of Stratfor.  Again, Stratfor is a company that provides intelligence briefings for its corporate and government clients.  According to the article, Stratfor's clients include the US Army, the US Air Force, and the Miami Police Dept. The article notes that the hacker group […]

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How China Thinks About the Future of Cyberspace Conflict: The Atlantic

On Dec. 28th, 2011, Adam Segal wrote a very interesting article for the Atlantic on Chinese strategic thinking for offensive cyber operations and network defense.  The Atlantic article relied on a China Defense Daily article, a PLA publication.  The Atlantic relayed some of the main points of the China Defense Daily article: The Chinese view […]

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Dec 28th, 2011 cyber attack

Congress Moves To Block Taliban Tweets: The Telegraph

On Dec. 25th, 2011, Ben Farmer reported for the Telegraph that the US Congress wants to block Taliban tweets that boast of attacks on ISAF coalition soldiers in Afghanistan.  The move seems to be spearheaded by Sen. Joe Lieberman, Chair of the Senate Homeland Committee. According to the article, the offending tweets usually speak to […]

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Dec 27th, 2011 Current Affairs, Web/Tech

The Chinese Cyber Menace: The Register

On Dec. 24th, 2011, John Leyden wrote for the Register about Chinese cyber-espionage.  I'm going to summarize a few of the article's points: The article claims that Chinese cyber-espionage is grounded in a government plan titled Program 863.  Program 863 basically aims to make "Chinese industry financially independent of foreign technology."  However, the program has […]

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Keepers Of The Internet Face Their Greatest Challenges Ever: CNN

On Dec. 21st, 2011, Mark Milian reported for CNN on the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).  The article boldly asserts that "the Internet doesn't have a flag or a national anthem, but it does have a government", and that for the most part ICANN plays that role.  That statement is bold because […]

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Dec 26th, 2011 Web/Tech

Hackers Hit Security Company Stratfor: Reuters

On Dec. 26th, 2011, Reuters reported that hackers broke into US security think tank Stratfor.  Stratfor provides daily intelligence briefings (mostly to corporate clients, but some are available to the public).  According to the article, Stratfor did not name anyone behind the hacking, but the hacktivist group Anonymous claimed responsibility.  The attackers leaked home addresses […]

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Dec 26th, 2011 cyber attack

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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

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