Archive for March, 2016

Apple Encryption Debate: What about iCloud?

 Mossberg: The iCloud loophole (TheVerge): Walt Mossberg’s article highlights the fact that Apple has the ability to decrypt the bulk of data that is uploaded via iCloud backups.  Furthermore, Apple has unencrypted and provided iCloud backup data to both the FBI as well as other law enforcement agencies on numerous occasions (once a valid warrant has […]

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DOJ Drops Lawsuit Against Apple

Justice Department Drops Lawsuit Against Apple as FBI has now Unlocked Farook’s iPhone (TechCrunch): Apple’s magnificent marketing campaign, which was playing out in the court of public opinion along with its case in the Central District of California may have backfired, according to this article.  The court filing, which is included here, says rather succinctly […]

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Mar 28th, 2016 AppleVsFBI

Cyber Round Up: U.S. Charges Iran-linked hackers, Biggest Threat: Insider Breaches, Ukraine Attacks Issue Wake-up Call to U.S. Critical Infrastructure

U.S. Charges Iran-linked Hackers with Targeting Banks and a N.Y. Dam (The Washington Post): According to this article, the Justice Department indicted seven hackers with ties to Iran for cybercrimes which included disrupting U.S. bank websites and hacking into a dam in Upstate N.Y.  The article states that this is the first time the DOJ has […]

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Cyber Round Up: Iranian Cyberattack on NY Dam was “Shot Across the Bow”, Possible AMEX Data Breach, Are Data Breaches on the Rise?

Senator Schumer: Iranian Cyberattack on New York Dam Was “Shot Across the Bow” ( A recent article in the states that Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) equated the Iranian cyberattack on a dam just outside New York City as a “shot across the bow”.  According to the article, Cylance (a cybersecurity firm) indicated that Iranian […]

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Apple Inc.’s 3/15/16 Reply to Government’s Opposition to Apple Inc.’s Motion to Vacate Order Compelling Apple Inc. to Assist Agents in Search

Apple Inc.’s [March 15, 2016] Reply to Government’s Opposition to Apple Inc.’s Motion to Vacate Order Compelling Apple Inc. to Assist Agents in Search [This expected to be the last pleading filed by an actual litigant in the case prior to the March 22, 2016, Hearing at 1:00 PM Pacific Time before the Hon. Sheri […]

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Mar 15th, 2016 AppleVsFBI

Safeguarding Client’s Information

What is “Reasonable” in terms of Client Data Protection? In spite of some recent high-level data breaches, a recent article which appeared in Legal Tech news, seems to indicate that law firms and lawyers are still not doing nearly enough to safeguard client’s data.[1]  This article indicates that the FBI first warned law firms back […]

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CRS Brief “Cybersecurity: Critical Infrastructure Authoritative Reports and Resources”

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Government’s Reply in Support of Motion to Compel and Opposition to Apple Inc.’s Motion to Vacate Order

Here is the Reply that the DOJ filed today in support of the motion to compel Apple to assist agents in their search of the iPhone.     [Editors note:  This blog will attempt to provide readers with access to all of the primary source documents in the current litigation between the U.S. Department of […]

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Mar 10th, 2016 AppleVsFBI

Cyber Round Up: Home Depot $19.5MM Settlement, Flying Blind: F-35 Devoid of Cybersecurity Assessment, ICANN55 Underway

Home Depot Breach Victims Reach $19.5 Million Settlement (The Hill): According to an article by Cory Bennett, Home Depot has agreed to pay $19.5 million to settle a consumer lawsuit that arose out of the 2014 data breach that exposed data of more than 50 million customers.  While only $6.5 million will be used for […]

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The New Kid on the Block: CFPB Fines Dwolla Over its Data Security Practices

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is the latest agency to take administration action against a private company over its data protection practices. On March 2, 2016, the CFPB announced in a press release that it has taken administrative action against Dwolla, an online payment company, for deceiving its customers about its data security practices. The Dodd-Frank Wall […]

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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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