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Cyber Round Up: Google vulnerabilities exposed; AI helping fill cyber shortage; U.S. can learn from Europe on Russian Info War

A flaw in Google’s bug database exposed private security vulnerability reports (ZD Net):  A report yesterday explained how Google’s own internal bug tracker exposed it’s most serious vulnerabilities. The article described how a researcher spoofed his way into gaining access as a Google employee and was able to view all of its bug reports, which the […]

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Cyber Round Up: Bad Rabbit Spreads Worldwide; Predictability and NoKo in Cyber; How Kaspersky Can Regain Trust

New Ransomware Outbreak Spreads Through U.S., Russia and Ukraine (WSJ): The most recent wave of ransomware has had widespread effect, freezing computers all over the world, according to a Wall Street Journal article. The software, which is called Bad Rabbit, started with computers of visitors to Russian language websites but ultimately made it to the U.S., […]

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Oct 26th, 2017 ransomware

Cyber Round Up: Quantum Computers and National Security; Hackers Use Conference as Bait; FBI stumped by encryption

How Google’s Quantum Computer Could Change the World (WSJ): A report from the Wall Street Journal explains recent developments in quantum computing and the potential impact. The piece goes through a lengthy technical explanation as to why quantum computers operate so much faster than regular computers. The article explains that most things in our lives–health records, […]

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NSA Dir Mike Rogers and former NSA Dir Michael Hayden

Navy Adm. Mike Rogers, U.S. Cyber Command commander, National Security Agency director and Central Security Service chief, participates in a panel with former Director General Michael Hayden on breaking the cyber barrier at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, Sept. 19, 2017. For students of IST 728 / […]

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Oct 24th, 2017 Cyber Command, Cyberwar

Overview of the KRACK Wi-Fi Attack

The Key Reinstallation Attack (KRACK) Wi-Fi Issue Much has been written about the research performed by Mathy Vanhoef who recently published “Key Reinstallation Attacks: Forcing Nonce Reuse in WPA2.”  While the paper was completed in mid-May, it was not publicly released until just recently, allowing vendors time to implement fixes.  Fortunately there is a website […]

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Cyber Round Up: Likelihood of North Korean cyber attacks; AI has “real biases”; UK Internet Safety Strategy

The Likelihood of North Korean Cyber Attacks (CSIS): Earlier this fall, CSIS published a piece discussing the potential of North Korean cyber attacks.  The piece put North Korea’s cyber capabilities in context with the bigger overall picture of what North Korea might want to do, or should do, in terms of its actions towards the U.S.  […]

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Haley calls Russian election interference ‘warfare,’ but is it an armed attack?

Yesterday Reuters reported that U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley called last year’s Russian meddling in the Presidential election “warfare.”  The comments came during a panel discussion alongside two former Secretaries of State, Madeleine Albright and Condoleezza Rice. Haley explained, “When a country can come interfere in another country’s elections that is warfare. It […]

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Cyber Round Up: Surveillance Reform; DHS to mandate basic security protocols; Proposed Hack Back Bill

Surveillance “Reform”: The Fourth Amendment’s Long, Slow Goodbye (Just Security): A post on Just Security earlier this week addressed both the history of surveillance in the U.S. since 9/11 and the future of it with the looming sunset of Section 702. The post explains how, in the wake of the terrorist attacks, those in charge were […]

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Lawfare explains the Microsoft Ireland case after SCOTUS grants cert

Yesterday, the Supreme Court granted the DOJ’s petition for writ of certiorari in its case against Microsoft. A post on Lawfare provides a good explanation of the case’s history and the issues at stake. That post is included below or can be found here.

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Cyber Round Up: Commentary on Chinese Cyberthreat; The Real Threat from Kaspersky; Commentary on Public Opinion of AI

How the Chinese cyberthreat has evolved [commentary] (Fifth Domain):  Commentary written last week for the Fifth Domain explains that while the most damaging cyber attacks against the U.S. come from other nations, the Chinese cyber threat has evolved recently and should be addressed. It explains how Chinese hackers unified in defense of their country but were […]

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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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