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As cyberthreats mount, hacker’s conviction underscores criticism of government overreach: WashPo

You probably saw this one already, but ICYMI, here’s a fantastic article by The Washington Post’s Jerry Markon on the mess that is the CFAA.  Tracing the story of Andrew Auernheimer, “a 24-year-old computer hacker suspected of handing off stolen e-mail addresses to the media,” Markon discusses the DOJ’s recent crackdown on hackers like Matthew […]

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Apr 30th, 2013 Law, law enforcement

Taiwan says Chinese cyber-army swells to 100K, Comment Crew back in business (infosecurity/The Register)

I figured I’d save time and condense all the China stories into one post. Via infosecurity, “Taiwan’s National Security Bureau (NSB) said that the Chinese government continues to target its assets, and has extended its cyber-army to more than 100,000 people, with a budget in excess of $2.71 million per year to carry out hacking […]

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Apr 30th, 2013 Cyber Exploitation

Should cyber warfare be elevated to highest command structure? Stars and Stripes

Chris Carroll had a very useful article for Stars and Stripes covering the back and forth over CyberComm’s elevation to full combatant command status.  CyberComm is currently under U.S. Strategic Command; elevating it seems to be the natural move in light of cybersecurity’s importance to DoD.  Carroll noted a few of the pros and cons: […]

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Apr 29th, 2013 Cyber Command

US military, service academies grooms new officers for cyberwar: gulfnews.com/Bloomberg

Via gulfnews.com, the AP had an interesting story on cybersecurity training in officer commissioning programs.  Focusing mostly on the service academies, the article noted that the big three (the Blue Zoo aka USAFA, the USN Academy, and West Point) “are ramping up efforts to groom a new breed of cyberspace warriors.”  Interestingly, Annapolis now requires […]

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Apr 29th, 2013 education

Cyber Roundup (4/27): CISPA (dead?), DARPA’s cyberweapon framework, court prohibits gov hackback, and more . . .

Here’s a quick survey of recent cybernews . . . *** I’m really interested in this, so I’ve got to give it top billing. Paul Rosenzweig wrote for Lawfare on how a Magistrate Judge denied “a government application for a search warrant in which the government proposed to install surreptitious software on the target computer […]

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Blog Author “Zach” Receives National Award

If you are a regular of this blog, you know that “Zach” is the primary author of posts here.  I am just the editor.  I noticed that he has not revealed his non-cyber identity, so I will respect that while trying to deliver accolades. Yesterday, I received word that he had won a significant 2013 […]

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Apr 25th, 2013 hackback

Take Off the Kid Gloves and Stop China’s Cyber Thieves: The Fiscal Times/The Week

For your consideration, two new articles following the “what should we do about China?” template so common after the release of the Mandiant report. The first article came from Liz Peek of The Fiscal Times.  In her article, Peek explored why it’s so hard for the U.S. to stop Chinese cyberexploitation, arguing that U.S. businesses […]

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Apr 24th, 2013 Cyber Exploitation

AP Twitter hack prompts fresh look at cybersecurity needs: PCWorld

ICYMI, the Associated Press’ Twitter account was hacked on Tuesday, leading to a bogus tweet saying that there were “two explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured.” Zach Miners wrote for PCWorld on the ramifications of that hack, noting that “the Dow Jones industrial average took a nose dive immediately after it was […]

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Apr 24th, 2013 social media

‘Aurora’ Cyber Attackers Were Really Running Counter-Intelligence: CIO

CIO’s Kenneth Corbin wrote a very interesting article on Operation Aurora, the infamous cyberattacks on Google (and a number of other entities) back in 2010.  Many thought that Operation Aurora sought information on Chinese human rights advocates, and that is probably still true.  However, Corbin explains that Operation Aurora had another aim: Some of the […]

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Apr 23rd, 2013 Uncategorized

Vast majority of global cyber-espionage emanates from China, report finds: WashPo

Craig Timberg, reporting for The Washington Post, on what is of little surprise to anyone: Analyses of hundreds of documented data breaches found that hackers affiliated with the Chinese government were by far the most energetic and successful cyberspies in the world last year, according to a report to be issued Tuesday by government and industry investigators. […]

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Apr 22nd, 2013 Cyber Exploitation

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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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