Cyber Round Up: China Cyber News Recap

China has been at the forefront of cybersecurity news the past few weeks, so to catch you up, this Cyber Round Up will focus on China.

China’s New Cyber Weapon (NYTimes Reports): In an apparent effort to take out services that allow China’s Internet users to view websites otherwise blocked in the country, China has turned to a new cyber weapon researchers call “the Great Cannon.” The new cyber weapon allows China to intercept web traffic as it flows to Chinese websites, inject malicious code and repurpose the traffic. (For a WSJ article crediting Snowden with providing China with this new weapon click here, or if you do not have access to online WSJ read a Business Insider summary of the article here). Recent targets include GitHub, a San Francisco-based code-sharing site, and Greatfire.org, a nonprofit that runs mirror images of sites that are blocked inside China. According to Fox News, many view this as an attack by a nation state against key United States Internet infrastructure, and are calling for a government response. Read the full story here: (NYTimes)(FoxNews).

Businesses Fear China’s New Cyber Regulations (Reuters Reports): China is now considering cybersecurity regulations that could limit opportunities for foreign technology companies. As a result, American CEOs are either avoiding the Chinese market or planning to reduce their exposure there, and according to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, “these fears are real . . . it’s a lose-lose situation.” According to Reuters, “[b]usiness groups fear the regulations would favor domestic products or require that companies disclose to the government sensitive intellectual property, encryption keys or install ‘backdoors’ in products.” While many view this as an attempt by China to eliminate foreign companies from the market, a NYTimes report quotes Zuo Xiaodong, vice president of the China Information Security Research Institute, who explains that is not a viable option for the Chinese banking industry because the banks purchase billions of dollars’ worth of hardware and software to manage transactions, and Chinese companies cannot yet produce some of the higher-end servers and mainframes they rely on. Read the full story here: (Reuters) (NYTimes). For an excellent in-depth opinion piece on the topic that draws in history and discusses potential ramifications of the regulations, click here: (Adam Segal: What to do about China’s New Cybersecurity Regulations).

China Hacks Regional  Rivals (FireEye Report): According to researchers at internet security company FireEye, hackers have been spying on governments and businesses in Southeast Asia and India uninterrupted for a decade, and those hackers are most likely from…China. While the exact damage is unclear due to the prolonged period of the attacks, FireEye researchers stressed that the impact could be massive. According to the company, “[t]heir targets possess information that most likely serves the Chinese government’s needs for intelligence about key Southeast Asian regional political, economic, and military issues, disputed territories, and discussions related to the legitimacy of the Chinese Communist Party.” Read the full story here: (Reuters) (Techcrunch). Click for the full FireEye Report.

Cyber Dialogue between China and U.S. (The Hill Reports): China and the U.S. have agreed to set a path to re-establishing a full government to government cyber dialogue. The two countries have a rocky history when it comes to cooperating over cyber issues. In May 2014, China quit a joint working group after the Obama administration indicted five members of the Chinese military for hacking the U.S. However, following DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson’s recent visit to Beijing, the DHS and China’s Ministry of Public Sector have agreed to focus on cross border cyber-enabled crimes like money laundering and online child sexual exploitation. Read the full story here: (The Hill) (Engadget) (USA Today).

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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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