Cyber Round Up: Belgium to Join NATO CCDCOE, Anonymous ‘Intel’ Encounters Credibility Issues, U.S. Congressional Commission Recommends Consideration of Hackbacks

  • Belgium to Join NATO CCDCOE (CCDCOE):  Belgium is set to join the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Centre of Excellence (“CCDCOE”) as a Sponsoring Nation, according to the organization’s websiteAccording to the website, the CCDCOE is a “knowledge hub” that focuses on interdisciplinary applied research and development in the field of cyber security.  Belgium already plays an important role in several cyber defense cooperation efforts in the region, the post continuedThe post specifies that the status of “Sponsoring Nation” is designation reserved for NATO members nations.  Belgium will join current Sponsoring Nations, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States, the organization reported.  Non-NATO members have also joined, including Austria and Finland, and hold the “Contributing Participants” status, which is designated for non-NATO members, concludes the post.  The CCDCOE’s post can be found here.
  • Anonymous ‘Intel’ Encounters Credibility Issues (Breibart):  After Anonymous released a list of  alleged “ISIS targets”, the group is under fire for releasing bad intel, according to BreibartThe article specified that the U.S. authorities announced that claims made by the group warning about possible threats were not credible.  As a result, members of the hacktivist group have begun to distance themselves from the social media accounts associated with the group, the article continued.  Even other hacktivist groups have criticized Anonymous, according to the report.  The full article can be found here.  Releasing information haphazardly causes intelligence blunders such as this, and may result in innocent actors being targets of attacks, cyber or physical.  Perhaps counterterrorism operations should be left to governments with oversight and accountability mechanisms, rather than anonymous parties with little to zero obligation or willingness to accept responsibility.
  • U.S. Congressional Commission Recommends Consideration of Hackbacks (USCC.GOV):  The U.S.-China Economics and Security Review Commission (the “Commission”) has released its 2015 Annual Report to the Congress.  The report covers U.S.-China economic and trade relations and security and foreign policy issues involving China.  According to the report, the Commission recommends that Congress should consider whether to allow private companies that have been hacked to engage in counterintrusions, i.e., hackback, to recover, erase or alter data that has been stolen by bad actors.  Additionally, the Commission recommended that Congress consider the feasibility of developing a foreign intelligence cyber court that will hear evidence from U.S. victims of cyber attacks and ultimately decide whether the U.S. government may take counterintrusion operations on the behalf of the victim.  The full 2015 Annual Report can be found here.  The Executive Summary and Recommendations 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

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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

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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

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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.

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