Cyber Round Up: Homeland Security websites vulnerable to cyber attack, Kremlin-backed hackers spying on Europe, Asia, US: cybersecurity firm, Cyberthreat Posed by China and Iran Confounds White House

  • Homeland Security Websites Vulnerable to Cyber Attack — Audit (Reuters): An Inspector General (IG) Audit identified vulnerabilities on internal websites at both the United States Secret Service (USSS) and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Reuters reported.  The Reuters article states that the issues identified could allow unauthorized users to access sensitive data and the websites in question are used for both case tracking as well as information sharing purposes.  According to the article, officials from the agencies indicated that Congress’ lack of coherent funding has hampered the agencies ability to develop a long-term strategy regarding their cyber capabilities.  The full article can be found here.
  • Kremlin-Backed Hackers Spying on Europe, Asia, U.S. (Times Live): A recent report links numerous state-sponsored hacking attempts that targeted government entities, institutions, and similar groups in Europe, Asia, as well as the United States, to a hacking group engaged in intelligence gathering for Russia.  The Times Live reports that this group is known as “The Dukes” and has been involved in active hacking for the past seven years, leveraging a specific set of malware tools to infiltrate networks and exfiltrate data.  The company raising these accusations, F-Secure, bolsters claims made last year by security researchers which tied attacks back to state sponsored activity from China and Russia, according to the Times Live.   The full article can be found here.
  • Cyberthreat Posed by China and Iran Confounds White House (New York Times): President Obama addressed troops at Fort Meade and took a strong stance against state-sponsored cyberattacks stating that they could rise to the level of “… core national security threat[s]”, according to the New York Times.  President Obama also indicated that if necessary, cyberattacks will be dealt with accordingly, The New York Times reported . The New York Times article indicates that this heightened rhetoric may be due to the ongoing problem that the White House faces in trying to deal with the issue of computer attacks.  According to the New York Times article, attacks emanating from Iran subsided during the U.S-Iran negotiations but have been increasing since the agreement was reached; it is also speculated that Iran is waiting to see how the United States deals with the purported China-sponsored attacks to see what might lie in store for them.  The full article can be found 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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