Cyber Round Up: SCOTUS Denies Klayman’s Request; China Concerned About Growing Number of Cyber Warriors; Vanity Fair Exclusive with Snowden

  • Presiding Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Judge Reggie Walton was misled by Department of Justice officials resulting in an erroneous ruling on March 7 that the government should not be permitted to store phone records longer than five years, U.S. News reports.  Specifically, DOJ officials failed to inform the Court of preservation of evidence orders issued against the NSA.  Without this information, Judge Walton deemed the government’s fear of penalties for deleting older records “far-fetched.”  Judge Walton has ordered an apology and explanation from the DOJ, the article further explains.


  • According to the New York Times, in an attempt to relieve some of China’s concerns over the U.S.’s intent to triple the number of cyberwarriors it employs by 2016, the Obama Administration has “quietly held an extraordinary briefing for the Chinese military leadership on . . . the Pentagon’s emerging doctrine for defending against cyberattacks against the United States—and for using its cyber technology against adversaries, including the Chinese.”  The Times further reports that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is concerned about “the growing possibility of a fast-escalating series of cyberattacks and counterattacks between the United States and China.”


  • Jamshid Muhtorov, a Colorado resident charged with providing material support to a terrorist organization, has become the first defendant to challenge the constitutionality of the law authorizing foreign intelligence surveillance without a warrant, the Los Angeles Times reports.  Although Mr. Muhtorov’s defense team has thus far not been allowed to see classified evidence in the case, the team believes Mr. Muhtorov’s phones were secretly tapped and emails read pursuant to this law.




  • The U.S. Army Military Academy at West Point has established a cyber warfare reasearch institute and plans to build “a cyber brain trust unprecedented within the service academies,” according to USA Today.  Through these programs, elite cybertroops will betrained, with seventy-five positions available to scholars of technology, psychology, history and the law, and other relevant areas of expertise over the next three years.


  • According to Ars Technica and an FCC filing, in-flight WiFi provider, GoGo has voluntarily exceded the information sharing requirements imposed by the government, a choice that has been criticized by the ACLU.  GoGo claims its decision was born out of a desire to thwart spammers and protect against other network vulnerabilities.


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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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