Cyber Round Up: NSA Develops Cyber Weapons; India’s Cyber Gap; Cyber Dangers of Cell Phones

Jan 21st, 2015 cybersecurity, malware, NSA
  • NSA Develops Cyber Weapons: RT reports the NSA has developed cyber weapons that enable them to paralyze the enemy’s computer networks and all infrastructures they control.  Relying on documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the article describes how NSA’s surveillance was just the first step in NSA’s plan to take control over the internet and rival networks.  According to the article, the secret documents make clear that the only law in the digital world, a world which will make little differentiation between soldiers and civilians, is “the survival of the fittest.”  Two of NSA’s new cyber weapons are described in the article: (1) Quantumdirk: a new NSA program which injects malicious content into chat services provided by sites such as Facebook and Yahoo, and (2) Straitbizarre: malware that can turn infected computers into disposable and non-attributable ‘shooter’ nodes which are used for ‘command and control for very large scale active exploitation and attack.’  For the full article, click here.
  • India’s Cyber Security Gap: While India continues to push for stronger cyber-security, according to an article by TimesofIndia, their current lack of funding and resources has created a knowledge gap between the country and cyber terrorists.  The article quotes Vijay Kumar, senior security adviser in the ministry of home affairs: “[I]t is a constant race between governments and terror groups to keep ahead in cyberspace.”  The article also points out that India’s dependence on China for electronic goods has been an issue of growing concern for security agencies.  To read more, click here.
  • Cyber Dangers of Cell Phones: An article by reviews the findings of a cyber security report on the cyber dangers of cell phones.  The mobile security firm Lookout created the report, relying on information from more than 60 million global users.  According to the article, the threats which pose the greatest risk to mobile phone users can be divided into three categories: malware, chargeware, and adware.  The article also provides advice on how to protect your cell phone: purchase apps from a legitimate app store and look out for apps that ask for a lot of personal data.  For an explanation of how each category poses a serious threat to cell phone users, read the full article here.


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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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