Archive for November, 2012

Sean Watts, Tallinn Manual contributor, on cyber & LOAC: ABA NatSec conference

Again, I had the opportunity to attend the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security’s 22nd Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law in Washington, D.C.  The conference wrapped up today, and was a great event.  Fish for lunch though?  C’mon Ritz Carlton, you’re better than that. Anyways, the fifth panel of the conference […]

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Steven Chabinsky (Crowdstrike, ex-FBI Cyber Division) talks private sector cyberdeterrence at ABA’s NatSec Law conference

I also had the opportunity to attend the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security’s 22nd Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law in Washington, D.C.  The conference is just wrapping up today, and was a great event. Yesterday (11/30) the ABA invited Steven R. Chabinsky–the Senior VP, Legal Affairs & Chief […]


Warning: American Bar Association calls for lawyers to address cyber security – Commentary

On 11/29/12, I heard the President of the American Bar Association (ABA) speak of a new national task force on cyber. In my opinion, this could be good or bad. The issues raised by cyberspace and especially cyber security will not be resolved by an army of lawyers marching  on its own.  Cyber is nearly […]

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China Mafia-Style Hack Attack Drives California Firm to Brink: Bloomberg Businessweek

Michael Riley had a great article for Bloomberg Businessweek about how the owner of a 8 person firm took on the PRC after the Chinese stole the firm’s signature software.  The article recounts how Brian Milburn (the owner of the firm) filed a civil lawsuit against the PRC and then suffered a “relentless campaign of […]

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Nov 28th, 2012 Cyber Exploitation

Pentagon Exempts Cyber Weapons From Collateral Damage Directive: Nextgov

Nextgov’s Dawn Lim reports that the DoD is dropping traditional requirements that weapons “must have human machine interfaces designed to allow . . . appropriate levels of human judgment” for “developers of computer systems that launch cyber operations.”  Essentially, DoD is enabling automation in cyberattacks.  This new development jives with Plan X, DARPA’s new cyberwarfare […]

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Nov 28th, 2012 technology

Cyber Roundup (11/27): CyberCity, Cisco the Snake, Sequestration & Cyber, and more . . .

Busy night. A quick survey of recent cyber news . . . *** Robert O’Harrow Jr. wrote a fascinating article for The Washington Post about cyber ranges.  Cyber ranges are virtual models designed to simulate the effects of cyberattacks; they harken back to the real world fake towns the U.S. military trains in to simulate urban combat. […]

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Auto-Immune “Symbiotes” Could Be Deployed to Thwart Cyber Attacks: YahooNews

Charles Q. Choi (of Scientific American) wrote for YahooNews on the concept of symbiotes “that could run on embedded computers regardless of the underlying operating systems.”  Choi suggested that it’s difficult to defend embedded computers due to the the incredible diversity of programs that they run.  The solution (the “symbiote”) is to run computer defenses […]


Nov 26th, 2012 technology, Web/Tech

Hatching Cyberwar: Pentagon Incubator Will Test New Weapons (Nextgov)

Nextgov’s Dawn Lim reports that as a test ground for Plan X, DARPA is “setting up a technology incubator for Defense-funded developers to stitch together computer code to automate offensive cyber operations.”  Plan X is sort of a cyberwar management platform.  Apparently the lab will encourage collaboration between the military and contractors. Interestingly, the Nextgov article suggests […]

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Nov 26th, 2012 cyber attack, technology

Prosecution of Anonymous activists highlights war for Internet control: The Guardian

On 11/23, Glenn Greenwald wrote a provocative piece for The Guardian on how the U.S. government effectively shut down WikiLeaks without charging anyone from WikiLeaks with a crime.  Greenwald noted that after WikiLeaks leaked U.S. diplomatic cables, Sen. Lieberman began pressuring various hosting services (like Amazon)  and fund collection services (like Paypal, Visa, & Master […]

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Nov 25th, 2012 wikileaks

Suggested cyber reading list: TaoSecurity

Richard Bejtlich (of Mandiant fame) wrote out a suggested cyber reading list for his TaoSecurity blog.  The list has some great choices, including: America the Vulnerable by Joel Brenner Cyber War by Richard Clarke and Robert Knake Crypto by Steven Levy Geekonomics by David Rice Security Metrics by Andrew Jaquith The Victorian Internet by Tom Standage The Cuckoo’s Egg by Cliff Stoll […]

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Nov 24th, 2012 Books

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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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