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INCYDER, Comprehensive Tool for Cyber Security Research

From NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence: The brand new web-based INCYDER (International Cyber Developments Review) database is now open to public for free. The portal, developed and hosted by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, combines a thorough database of relevant legal and policy documents adopted by international organisations active in […]

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“Cyber-vandalism”? Wrong, Again, Mr. President.

The other day, I criticized the Administration for using the language of war to discuss the Sony hack.  Now, CNN reports that the President has switched to the other end of the rhetorical spectrum: “‘It was an act of cybervandalism,’ Obama said in an interview with CNN.”  Wrong again.  What happened to Sony was not […]

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Our Legal Analysis of U.S. Response to Sony Attack

Hollywood and the entertainment industry are not critical infrastructure. The cyber attack on Sony’s computer networks and data is not, yet, a matter of national security. The attack is also not a use of force or an armed attack, the prerequisites for use of military force in self defense under international law. Thus, talk of […]

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A New Attribution Problem: Cyber Attack or Malfunction?

“The thinking was that the Iranians would blame bad parts, or bad engineering, or just incompetence.” – Architect of Stuxnet Cyber Attack. According to an article by JustSecurity, confusion about whether an incident is an accident or a cyber attack may be a common problem going forward.  The article opens with a reference to a Bloomberg news […]

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Cyber Round Up: Aviation Cyber Risks; Sony Update; Interview Dark Web Leader; Other Cyber News in Prevention and Malware

SONY BREACH UPDATE: As many are well aware, two weeks ago a hacker group calling themselves “Guardians of Peace” seized the computer system of Sony Pictures Entertainment.  Many link the group to North Korea, who denounced Sony’s upcoming movie “The Interview” which centers around two journalists recruited by the CIA to assassinate North Korean leader Kim […]

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Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen: Regulatory Enforcement of Data Security Practices

The Federal Communications Commission is the latest agency that has begun sanctioning businesses for failing to protect sensitive customer data stored electronically, bringing the total number of agencies enforcing data security practices to three. In October, the FCC ordered two telecommunications carriers, TerraCom, Inc. and YourTell America, Inc., (the Companies) to pay ten million dollars […]

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Operation Cleaver Cyber Attacks: Is Iran the New China?

“If Operation Cleaver doesn’t get the world to wake up to what is happening in the silent world of cyber, then perhaps nothing will.” – Cylance Report on Operation Cleaver. According to researchers at Cylance, a security startup, a vast number of western organizations have been breached by hackers operating out of Iran.  Cylance has […]

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Cyber Round Up: Hacking Wall Street; FBI Warning Post Sony Malware; Hacking E-Cigs, Parking Lots, and Issues with Cryptography

Hacking underlying a sophisticated cyber scheme to rig the stock market was revealed on Monday by the security firm FireEye.  FireEye warned the FBI that a group of hackers, which FireEye has designated FIN4, had stolen highly sensitive secrets from over a hundred companies for the purpose of gaming the stock market.  The primary targets of the scheme […]

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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. 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. She is a member of Syracuse Law Review, the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and the senior editor for the Syrian Accountability Project. 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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