Cyber Roundup: Route Hijacking Ups Its Game; Advice from a “White Hat Hacker”; Australian Government Data Found on Privately Sold Memory Cards

A recent research study revealed that memory cards being sold on the Internet contained sensitive Australian government data.  According to the study, “It is evident that actions must be taken by second[-]hand auction sites[] and the media to raise awareness and educate end-users on how to dispose of data in an appropriate manner.”

A December 2, 2013 draft of summit conclusions reports that European Union leaders will call for more cooperation on the issues of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and cybersecurity during the meeting in Brussels this month.  Specifically, the cyber measures will likely include increased protections against hackers for public and private websites, according to Bloomberg Technology.

CSM and cybersecurity experts say that last year hackers diverted data streams from US financial entities and foreign governments and rerouted the traffic abroad where it could be easily monitored and altered.  According to Doug Madory, a Renesys expert, “Route hijacking has been around for a long time, but it’s typically been accidental, brief, and highly public.  What we’re seeing now is subtle, almost impossible to detect—a man-in-the-middle set up to intercept data over relatively long periods of time: several hours or even an entire day.  It looks like a targeted attack by either a criminal organization or nation state.”

NATO is now offering a course on the International Law of Cyber Operations that builds largely on the Tallinn Manual.  The course will be offered twice in 2014.

Kaspersky Lab, the Russian cybersecurity company, named the top cyber security threats of 2013 toward the turn of the year.  The top of the list included: cyber espionage, Advanced Persistent Threat malware campaigns, and hacktivist organizations, according to Forbes.

Also from Forbes:
Self-proclaimed “White Hat Hacker” Asher DeMetz offers three tips for protecting yourself or your company from cyber threats: (1) “Lock your windows,” meaning don’t overlook the importance of egress filtering in addition to ingress filtering; (2) Don’t issue master keys, i.e. local administrator passwords; and, (3) “Block Up Openings” by using the latest patches for your systems.

FBI News Blog reports that Brian Curtis Hile, 29, has been sentenced to the five-year maximum allowed by law for interstate stalking “in a bizarre case of online romance gone bad.”  Read the full story here.

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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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