Cyber Round Up: LinkedIn App Sparks Privacy Concerns; NSA Civilian Employee “Tricked” Into Giving Snowden Passwords; New Trojan Horse Emerges

Late last year, LinkedIn released “Intro,” an application for iOS and Android that basically routes all user emails through the LinkedIn servers and pastes the sender’s LinkedIn profile into the email.  Hacker News reports that, in light of controversy due to privacy concerns, the app will be shut down early next month.  Although LinkedIn pledged that all information run through the servers was encrypted and immediately deleted, according to Hacker News, the app puts user data entirely within the company’s control.

Recently E-Hacking News reported that a new Trojan Horse, “OSX/CoinThief.A,” emerged targeting Mac operating systems in order to watch user Internet traffic and steal bitcoins.

Forbes reports that Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Sprint, and security firms Trend Micro and Symantec, came together to celebrate Safer Internet Day (SID) last week.  The event was founded in the early 2000s by the European Commission, according to Forbes, and just last year the Department of Homeland Security signed a joint declaration with the European Commission to bring SID to, a U.S. non-profit Internet safety organization.  Here’s a video from SID.

Here’s a link to an interesting article by Wired that discusses how hacked x-rays could permit weapons to slip through airport security.  As the article explains, two researchers believe the Threat Image Projection function of such machines, which is designed to train x-ray operators and allows supervisors to “superimpose a chosen image of contraband onto the screen of any baggage system in the airport,” could backfire.

 You may have heard that Forbes was the target of an attack by the Syrian Electronic Army last Friday.  Here’s USA Today’s report on the incident.

Lastly, a recently exposed NSA memo alleges that one of Snowden’s coworkers was tricked into providing Snowden with the passwords to access classified information, CNN reports.  The memo said: “At Mr. Snowden’s request, the civilian entered the PKI password at Mr. Snowden’s computer terminal.  Unbeknownst to the civilian, Mr. Snowden was able to capture the password, allowing him even greater access to classified information.”

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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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