Cyber Round Up: First US Cyber Sanctions; US Accidentally Reveals Cyber Vulnerabilities; Cyber Breach South Korea Nuclear Operator; Best Cyber Security Lists 2015

  • U.S. Sanctions North Korea: President Obama announced on Friday sanctions against 10 North Korean officials and three government entities, Bloomberg reports.  These sanctions are believed to be the first time the US has moved to punish any country for cyber-attacks on a US company.  North Korea warns the sanctions will be counter-productive as they encourage it to strengthen its military stance, including, by implication, its nuclear arsenal.  For the full report, click here.
    • However, according to a Forbes report, the US Sanctions target the North Korean arms trade, not cyber terrorism: “The sanctions imposed by President Obama have almost nothing to do with cyber terrorism but instead show U.S. concern with North Korea as an arms exporter to regimes that Washington detests.” For the Forbes report, click here.
  • US Accidentally Discloses 800 Page Report Listing Vulnerabilities in Critical Infrastructure: In response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request on a malware attack on Google called “Operation Aurora,” DHS officials accidentally released more than 800 pages of documents related not to Operation Aurora, but rather the Aurora Project, a 2007 research effort led by Idaho National Laboratory demonstrating how easy it was to hack elements in power and water systems, reports The Atlantic.  Read the full article by The Atlantic, aptly titled “A Hacker’s Hit List of American Infrastructure,” to learn why this grave error could result in the a full-scale cyber attack on critical infrastructure in 2015. Click here for article.
  • Cyber Breach South Korea Nuclear Operator: Reuters reports that South Korean authorities have found evidence that a low-risk computer “worm” had been removed from devices connected to some nuclear plant control systems.  Seoul prosecutors have not ruled out possible involvement of North Korea in the cyber attack on the nuclear operator. For the full report, click here.
  • CYBER LISTS of 2015! With the celebration of a New Year comes the over-publication of various “What to Expect in 2015” lists as well as lists recapping what we have learned in the past.  Here are some cyber security themed lists that stood out this New Year:
    • Cyber Risks in 2015: Following the New Year, CNBC compiled a list of the 5 top cyber risks for 2015.  The List: Ransomware, The Internet of Things, Cyber-espionage, Cyber theft, Insecure Passwords. Read more in the full article here.
    • Most Dangerous People Online in 2015: Kim Jong-un, Edward Snowden, and the NSA are just a few mentioned in this list created by To learn why and read about the others, click here for the full article.
    • Hacking in 2015: For those interested in the technical side of hacking (and for those that want to learn), read this NextGov article which lists the “10 Twists on Hackers’ Old Tricks” that we will see in 2015.
    • Cyber Security Trends in 2015: Cyber Security Threat and Vulnerability Specialist Sid Vanderloot maps out his view of the cyber security trends we will see in 2015 in a Pulse report accessible by clicking here.
    • Cyber Resolutions for Companies in 2o15: Since 2014 will long be associated with company breaches (Target, Home Depot, Sony), it made sense to include a list compiled by Fortune of “7 Cyber Resolutions Every Company Should Make in 2015.” Click here for the Fortune article.
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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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