Cyber Round Up: Iranian Cyberattacks on the Rise, UK Surveillance Bill — Sweeping Powers for Spies, The Biggest Cybersecurity Threat: The Energy Sector

  • Iranian Cyberattacks are on the rise (The Hill): According to a report by The Hill, Iran is increasing its cyberattacks and there is speculation that if economic sanctions against Iran are lifted they may pour even more resources into this endeavor.  The cybersecurity firm Norse is expected to release the results of a study today wherein there is a 115% increase in cyberattacks originating from Iran between Jan. 2014 and Oct. 2015, according to the report.  The Hill report states specifically, that Norse believes that more than 900 attacks, attributable to Iran, occurred each day.  Furthermore, Norse researchers believe that both Chinese and Iranian hackers have been targeting supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems tied to critical U.S. infrastructure, according to the report.  We have previously discussed the U.S. infrastructure in a number of posts, Grid Security, U.S. Grid Cyber VulnerabilitiesNuclear Power Plants Culture of Denial.  The full text of the article can be found here.
  • The Biggest Cybersecurity Threat: The Energy Sector (In Homeland Security): According to a report that appears In Homeland Security, a Congressional commission estimated that a large-scale could lead to 90% of the U.S. population dying from a combination of any of the following: disease, inadequate food supplies, and “general societal breakdown”. The article states that this study by Michael Krancer, Margaret Anne Hill, and Tom Duncan, appeared in The Legal Intelligencer and outlined the domino effects that would unfold if our energy infrastructure was targeted and successfully attacked.  The article also states that The Wall Street Journal surveyed over 600 I.T. executives in the U.S., U.K, Germany, and France, and that of those 48% indicated that it is likely there will be a cyberattack on critical infrastructure within the next three years that will result in the loss of life.  The full text of the article can be found here.
  • UK Surveillance Bill Triggers Alarm over Sweeping Powers for Spies (The Guardian): A recent report in The Guardian indicates that the Home Secretary, Theresa May, admitted that the UK has been performing bulk data collection on British citizens since 2001.  The Guardian report indicates that May presented a 300-page draft surveillance bill that explicitly states the surveillance powers of the intelligence agencies and law enforcement.  Furthermore, the report states that the bill proposes that ISPs and telecom vendors track every website visited by users for up to 12 months; and will provide that data to law enforcement and intelligence agencies without a warrant. The report states that Shadow Home Secretary, Andy Burnham, said this bill strikes the proper balance between privacy and security.  While May stated that these changes were necessary to ensure that “no area of cyberspace becomes a safe haven for those who seek to harm us, to plot, poison minds and peddle hatred under the radar”, according to the report.  The full report is available 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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