Cyber Roundup: Obama and Putin talk Cybersecurity at G20; Russia implicated in election hacks; China’s cybersecurity laws could cost trillions

  • Obama met with Putin, Says Hackers Shouldn’t Create a Cyber “Wild, Wild West” (ABC News): President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin met for 90 minutes at the G20, discussing cybersecurity among other things, an ABC News article says.   Speaking after the meeting, President Obama urged hackers not to turn cyberspace into the “Wild, Wild West.”   The President also commented that nations have enough to worry about in handling threats from non-state actors, and don’t need the added burden of escalation from other nations, the article said.   In a similar article from UPI,  President Obama is quoted as boasting of U.S. cyber capabilities in comparison to other nations, including Russia.    The article said that while the President would not address current investigations into alleged recent hacks by Russia, he commented that the U.S. had significant offensive and defensive capabilities in the cyber realm.  A full list of topics addressed at the G20 Summit, including the cybersecurity issues, can be found in this White House Fact Sheet.    Full texts of the ABC article can be found here,  as well as UPI’s summary of the meeting here.
  • New suggestions of Russian ties to U.S. Election System Hacks (McClatchy DC):  While Obama and Putin discussed cybersecurity at the G20 as chronicled above, a private report linked Russia to the recent hacks into state election systems that this blog has recently covered.   The McClatchy DC article said that in addition to attempting to undermine democratic processes in the U.S., the Russian internet nodes have also been connected to recent penetrations in Turkey, the Ukraine, and Germany.   The private firm ThreatConnect conducted a deeper investigation into the election hacks, and while they were unable to attribute this series of intrusions to any specific nation, they reported that all the activity from these nodes are indicative of state-sponsored action as opposed to criminal activity.   ThreatConnect’s entire report on the matter can be found here.   The full text of the McClatchy article can be found here.
  • Chamber:  China’s Cybersecurity Laws could Cost Trillions (The Hill):   A recent article by The Hill untitled 2summarizes a U.S. Chamber of Commerce report on the potential economic effects of China’s restriction to technology.   In what is generally seen as a response to the Snowden leaks, China has tried to increase regulatory measures on information, both by adding hurdles for foreign companies and by requiring domestic companies to hold data within China’s borders.   The Hill reports that several countries, including the U.S., have considered implementing measures without regard for their global impact.   China’s decreased access to technology could cost anywhere from $200 billion in the near future, to over $3 trillion by 2025, the Chamber of Commerce report found.  The full article by The Hill can be found here, and the full Chamber report can be seen on the right.

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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. 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. She is a member of Syracuse Law Review, the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and the senior editor for the Syrian Accountability Project. 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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