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 hacking efforts have continued at a steady rate in spite of the diplomatic outreach and the US-Iran nuclear deal.  Cylance also released a report in 2014 that indicated that Iranian hackers have taken control of security systems in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and South Korea, according to the article.  The article can be found here.
  • AMEX Investigates Possible Data Breach (InfoSecurity): According to an article in InfoSecurity Magazine, American Express is looking into a potential data breach of a third-party service provider in California.  Some of the compromised data may include: account numbers, names, expiration dates and “other information”, according to the article.  The article does state that AMEX Chief Privacy Officer Stefanie Ash has advised that AMEX systems were not compromised and this was merely a third-party service provider that was impacted.   The full article is here. [Editor’s Note: The Home Depot breach was effected by hackers that obtained stolen credentials via a third party; additionally, the Target data breach utilized a link to Target systems from a third-party HVAC contractor].
  • Security Researchers Claim that rate of Data Breaches is Steady (eWeek): According to this article, researchers at Stanford’s School of Management Science and Engineering  analyzed information on over 1,100 cybersecurity incidents from the US Dept. of Energy over the last four years and concluded that neither the frequency nor magnitude of data breaches was increasing.  The article also points to a study by the University of New Mexico which analyzed 10 years of breach data and found no increase in size or frequency of data breaches during that period.  However, the article also notes that the company that collects the greatest amount of breach data, Verizon, reported a significant spike in 2014 with an expectation of similar results for 2015.  The full article can be found here.
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  1. […] 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 charged people linked to a national government with attempting to disrupt critical U.S. infrastructure (note: In 2014 five Chinese military hackers were indicted by the DOJ for cyber espionage activities).  In the 18-page indictment, the seven indicted were allegedly working for two Iranian companies, ITSec Team and Mersad Co., and they were allegedly doing so at the behest of the Iranian government, according to the article.  The full article can be found here.  Whereas a previous post related to the N.Y. dam is 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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