Cyber Round Up: 2013 Yahoo Breach Impact Expanded, Social Security Numbers In Need of Replacing; Judge Concerned with Companies Sharing Consumer Data

  • Every single Yahoo account was hacked – 3 billion in all (CNNMoney): If you have an account at Yahoo in any capacity (that includes email, Tumblr, Flickr, etc.), the August 2013 breach affected you, according to this article. Yahoo originally reported 1 billion accounts were breached in the hack. But yesterday, Verizon revealed it hired “outside forensic experts,” who found the breach actually impacted 3 times the number originally thought. This comes four months after Verizon acquired Yahoo’s internet assets for nearly $4.5 billion.Experts report it is not uncommon for the breach to impact more people than originally estimated. The company has not yet revealed who it hired as the outside forensic experts. Read more about the expanded breach here.
  • White House: Social Security numbers are ‘flawed system,’ need modern tech replacement (TechRepublic): Social Security numbers may be a dying identification system, according to this article. Rob Joyce, the White House cybersecurity coordinator, reportedly said social security numbers are “outdated” and are no longer useful. Joyce discussed one of the biggest flaws, explaining how the numbers cannot be changed even if after they are compromised.Joyce suggested modern cryptographic identifiers, blockchain ledger technology, and biometrics as potential modern alternatives to the current system, which started in 1936. Read about the suggested alternatives and current criticism they have here.
  • 9th Circ. Judge ‘Creeped Out’ By ESPN, Adobe Data Swap (Law360): ESPN’s sharing of viewer data is making a 9th Circuit Judge uncomfortable, according to a recent article. U.S. Circuit Judge Morgan Christen reportedly said she was “creeped out.” The judge’s comments arise from a case alleging ESPN wrongfully disclosed the personal information of app users to Adobe.In the class action case, Judge Christen expressed privacy concerns over companies sharing data for the purposes of targeting consumers with specific advertisements. She pointed specifically to the Video Privacy Protection Act Congress passed, asking, “Isn’t that exactly what [Congress] was talking about?” ESPN’s counsel responded, saying the statute focused on only one piece of personal identifying information. Read more about the current case, Chad Eichenberger v. ESPN Inc., 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.

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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