Archive for October, 2013

Disentangling NSA Activities—Why Reform Bills Fall Short

Earlier this week, we blogged about forthcoming legislative responses to the Snowden revelations. Here’s a critical view putting them into a wider perspective. On Wednesday, Human Rights Watch General Counsel Dinah Pokempner fleshed out how current proposals on Capitol Hill miss critical points in placing surveillance under stricter control.   Her discussion of the Snowden revelations […]


How Organized Crime Creates On- and Offline Synergies

As BBC News reports, for the past two years, hackers have succesfully infiltrated the networks of two businesses based in the port of Antwerp, Belgium, allowing a group of organized criminals to secretely intercept containers with drugs from the port. Europol director Rob Wainwright said, “[W]e have effectively a service-orientated industry where organized crime groups […]

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Cyber Roundup: NSA Surveillance on Spain’s Citizens, German Chancellor; Power Grid Attacker Arrested; DOJ Alerts Defendant to Warrantless Wiretap

Today’s cyber roundup is brought to you by BBC News and The New York Times. From BBC News: Within a one-month time span, the National Security Agency (NSA) spy program allegedly secretly intercepted metadata from 60 million phone calls between Spanish citizens.  Documents leaked by Snowden are serving as the basis for these allegations. Former […]

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NSA’s “Head of State Collection” Against Allies: How Much Did Pres. Obama Know?

Last month, Glenn Greenwald alerted the governments of Brazil and Mexico to evidence that the National Security Agency (NSA) spy program targeted the communications of the states’ leaders. However, yesterday, The Washington Post reported that top intelligence officials are saying President Obama had no knowledge of the surveillance programs against allied world leaders until this […]

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Legislative Responses to Snowden Revelations Forthcoming

Roll Call reported last week that the Senate Intelligence Committee has tentatively scheduled an intra-committee meeting to discuss draft legislation on the National Security Agency’s (NSA) data collection programs. Senior members of the House and Senate Judiciary panels are also expected to introduce a joint proposal. Several bills addressing the bulk data collection under sections […]

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ISC2: Offensive Cyber Strategies Don’t Make Sense

EWeek reports that a panel of cyber pros debated the effectiveness of offensive security at the International Information Systems Security Consortium (ISC2) last month.  The panel was tasked with discussing the propriety and utility of vigilantism in cyberspace (“hackback,” at a minimum).  For many of the panelists, an offensive approach seemed undesirable. Adam Meyers, Vice […]

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Oct 25th, 2013 Criticism, cyber attack, hackback

Full NIST Cyber Framework Released to the Public

As promised, here is the full National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) cyber framework.     Federal News Radio reports: The [framework] is centered around five core functions — identify, protect, detect, respond and recover — which can provide a high-level, strategic view of an organization’s management of cybersecurity risk. Under each of these […]

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Dark Reading: Attribution and the False Flag Problem

FireEye released a new report detailing how victims of cyberattacks can follow the specific methods used in a strike to tie the perpetrator to the attack.  However, as Dark Reading reports, there is one giant warning that accompanies these suggestions—beware of false flags, which many believe occur daily.  As one Senior FireEye Threat analyst, Kenneth Geers, […]

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Oct 22nd, 2013 anonymity, cyber attack, hackback

Beware the Cyber “Mass-Shooter”

Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency and Retired Air Force General Michael Hayden, speaking at a cybersecurity panel organized and webcast by The Washington Post, warned that, within five years, a digital mass shooter will emerge with cyber weapon capabilities currently only available to organized crime rings and nation […]

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Endgame Creator a Proponent of Hackback

At the Carnegie Council on Ethics in International Affairs in New York a few weeks ago, the creator of Endgame, Chris Rouland, lobbied for broader hackback authority to be given to government agencies and private firms.  However, as Forbes reports, Rouland was speaking for himself and not as an Endgame executive.  Rouland stepped down as […]

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Oct 20th, 2013 hackback, Law, Legislation

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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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