Nuclear power plant disrupted by cyber attack; US points finger at Russia; Passwords the weak link of cybersecurity

  • IAEA Chief: Nuclear powerplant was disrupted by cyber attack (Reuters):  A report yesterday chronicled a cyber attack on a nuclear power plant a few years ago.   Director General of the IAEA Yukiya Amano spoke of the incident publicly for the first time, describing it as “disruptive” but not destructive.  While other attacks of this nature seem to be limited, the article suggests, other vulnerabilities with technology are discussed, and Amano said the cyber threat is “not imaginary.”  The agency has made concerted efforts to focus on the issue, the article says.  The full text of the article can be found here.
  • U.S. ‘confident’ that Russia directed hacking attacks (Financial Times):  The saga with the weaknesses untitledin U.S. election systems and hacks of those systems continues, as the U.S. government officially pointed to Russia, according to a Financial Times article.  DHS issued a joint statement with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence for Election Security, which can be found on the right.  The official accusation represents escalated rhetoric from the Obama administration, the article says.  Multiple other sources have discussed what’s next for the U.S. and Russia, including thoughts on Black Friday cyberattacks, as well as non cyber responses.  The full text of the article can be found here.
  • Passwords are the weakest link in cybersecurity today (CNBC):  An article from CNBC highlights what former DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff believes is the biggest weakness in cybersecurity today.   The article suggests that the common denominator in every major breach recently has involved weak passwords.   A password can be immensely valuable, the report says, because so many people reuse the same password for multiple accounts.  Chertoff suggests both using new technology to eradicate this problem, as well as increased government standards.  The full text of the article 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

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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