Cyber Round Up: General pleads guilty in Stuxnet probe; Russian hacker arrested abroad; National Guard a unique contributor to cybersecurity

  • 4 star general snagged for lying in Stuxnet leak probe (Politico):  One of Obama’s closest generals pleaded guilty earlier this week in relation to leaks regarding U.S. cybersecurity efforts abroad, Politico reports. The article says General James Cartwright pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators about his communication of classified information with a reporter and biographer.  While the prosecutors did not explicitly address the program, according to Politico, the investigation is known to be centered around Stuxnet, a classified U.S.-Israeli cyber operation designed to debilitate Iran’s nuclear program.  The report stressed that the government was determined for a felony conviction here, which reflects a divergence in its handling of other similar leaks in recent history.   The full text of the article can be found here.
  • Russian alleged hacker arrested in Prague over cyber-attacks in US (The Guardian): Another chapter unfolded in the cyber saga between Russia and the U.S., as multiple reports say that Czech police arrested a Russian believed to be involved in cyberattacks against the United States.   An article from The Guardian says that the arrest happened over two weeks ago and was just made public now.   The report stated that nothing indicates that this individual was involved in the recent series of attacks that have heightened tension in U.S.-Russian relations.  The article emphasizes the role international law and cooperation plays in enforcing cybersecurity, and adds that the next step is determining whether the Czech government will extradite to the U.S.   The full text of the article can be found here.
  • National Guard uniquely positioned to contribute in cyber realm (Air Force News):  A discussion regarding the role of the National Guard and its unique capabilities was part of the North American International Cyber Summit in Michigan earlier this week.  One of many speakers at the event, General Joseph Lengyel acknowledged the benefit of having civilians with cyber experience serving in the guard.  The article provides the General’s analysis, which says that as beneficial as military training is in the private sector, cyber experience from major corporations strengthens the Guard’s ability to respond to cyber incidents. The article provided further information detailing the National Guard’s strong cyber presence throughout the country and its long history in the cyber realm dating back to Y2K coding in 1999.  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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