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NSA Round Up: Talking about President Obama, General Alexander, Vice Admiral Rogers, IBM, and Faceboook

The New York Times reports that, early last week, National Security Agency (NSA) Director nominee, Vice Admiral Michael S. Rogers, declined to make written comment to the Senate Armed Services Committee on either Russia’s alleged involvement in the cyber attacks on the new Ukraine government or the extent of the damage those attacks caused.  However, Adm. […]

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Magna Carta for the World Wide Web?

In light of the leaks over the past year that have made governments surveillance programs public, Sir Tim Berners-Lee is advocating for a Bill of Rights for the Internet.  As BBC News reports, Sir Tim, widely recognized as the creator of the world wide web, compares the importance of protecting people’s rights online to human […]

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The $500,000,000 Cyber-Heist | Newsweek

The story of SpyEye crimeware and the conviction of its designer Aleksandr Andreevich Panin is detailed by Newsweek in a lengthy article dated March 13, 2014. The evolution of these programs presents a complex challenge for law enforcement as the range of wrongdoers has dramatically expanded, increasing both the number of perpetrators and the ease […]

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Mar 15th, 2014 law enforcement

Cyber Roundup: Snowden testifies in front of European Parliament; CIA v. Congress; Sprint sued by government for overbilling

The Wall Street Journal reports that the government is suing Spring Corp. for allegedly overcharging agencies such as the FBI and DEA by at least $21 million to facilitate the government’s phone surveillance programs.  Here’s a report, too, on the same lawsuit from Wired. According to the New York Times, the CIA is under investigation […]

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The Aurora Vulnerability and the Risk for Nuclear Power Plants

In February, an experienced nuclear engineer concluded on the cyber security portal Infosec Island a non-neglectable risk of a potential cyber attack, which, under certain circumstances, could cause a core melt. Due to the contribution, the so-called “Aurora Vulnerability” lies in the alternative current (AC) motors that run the emergency core cooling system, and which can […]

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New Material for the Critical Infrastructures Debate: China Estimated to Target Hollywood

On Wednesday, the LA Times reported on information security company Mandiant’s outlook, due to which Hollywood may become the next target for Chinese state-sponsored hacking. Due to the news outlet, the cited report (according to my research not yet released) identified at least one hack into a major entertainment company, which it traced back to the People’s Liberation Army […]

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NSA, FBI, DOJ–Damned If You Do, And Damned if You Don’t

Federal courts have issued conflicting orders to destroy and to preserve the very same data, as reported earlier.  It is not unusual for courts to conflict.  One district court found the metadata collection program to be constitutional and another found it to be unconstitutional.  Indeed, one of the primary reason that the Supreme Court accepts […]

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Mar 12th, 2014 EFF, FISA, NSA

Judge orders NSA to preserve surveillance records

The FISA Court’s standing order said to delete records over five years old. The NSA asked to keep the records beyond five years due to pending litigation. The FISC — comprised of Article III district judges — said no. They must be destroyed. But, the district judge in pending litigation has now ruled that the […]

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Mar 11th, 2014 FISA, Law, NSA, surveillance

CRS Report: “Disclosure of FISA Opinions–Select Legal Issues”

Late last month, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) published, “Disclosure of FISA Opinions–Select Legal Issues,” which examines current procedures observed by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) and potential separation of powers issues that arise.  Here I offer a brief summary: As the CRS report acknowledges, many have raised concerns regarding the current FISC procedures […]

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Iran’s Boosted Cyber Capabilities

In a hearing of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on “Iran’s Support for Terrorism Worldwide,” former chairman of the House’s Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence gave a statement that included the “increasing sophistication of Iran’s cyber program and capability to conduct cyber warfare.” The testimony on last Tuesday followed reports in February on Iranian hackers, who penetrated the Navy […]

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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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