Cyber Round Up: Senate approves tech bills; Microsoft survives appeal; Russia arrests top cyber expert accused of treason

  • Senate panel approves slew of tech bills (The Hill):   A Senate committee approved seven technology focused bills yesterday, according to a recent report.   The Senate Commerce Committee’s first action in the 115th Congress included a stamp of approval on a bill related to the Internet of Things, the article said.  The Developing Innovation and Growing the Internet of Things (DIGIT) Act is one of Congress’ first efforts to address the challenges posed by connected devices.   The article says that the one component of the bill is the development of a working group to help establish best practices for IoT products moving forward.  The full text of the article can be found here.  The bill can be read in its entirety on the right.
  • Microsoft victory in overseas email seizure case is upheld (Reuters):  Microsoft survived in an appeals court yesterday as a split court refused to review its decision not to force Microsoft to turn over emails in a drug investigation, Reuters reported yesterday.  The 2d Circuit’s split 4-4 was a win for privacy advocates, the article suggested.  The court held last summer that Microsoft would not be required to turn over emails stored in Ireland, as they were beyond the reach of domestic warrants authorized by the Stored Communications Act.  The dissenting opinions in the case said the location of the files is irrelevant because Microsoft is a U.S. company.  The full article can be found here, and the opinion is included below.

  • Russia arrests top cyber security expert amid allegations of treason (The Telegraph):   Reports today claim that a top cyber security official at a Russian-based firm has been arrested for alleged involvement in bribery from foreign officials.   The article says that Ruslan Stoyanov, the head of Kaspersky Lab‘s computer incident investigations team, confirmed the arrest but distanced the firm itself from the allegations. Mr. Stoyanov previously worked for the Russian government’s cyber crime unit in the early 2000’s, the article says.  The scheme involves an attempt to bribe a government official who was also arrested, although the foreign nation allegedly involved is unknown, the article reports.  The full details of the event 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. 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.

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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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