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, credit cards, etc.–are protected with public key cryptography. Quantum computers, the article says, would be able to crack that encryption “almost instantly.” The article also explains the NSA’s efforts to prepare for this change both offensively and defensively.  The full article can be read here.
  • Russia’s Election Hackers Use D.C. Cyber Warfare Conference as Bait (Daily Beast):  A report yesterday morning explained how Russian hackers used a cyber conference to infect top NATO and U.S. cyber officials with malware. The attack has been going on since the beginning of the month, the article says, and the malware was sent with a flyer for the International Conference on Cyber Conflict.  The article explains this recent move within the greater trend of Russia’s cyber activity over the last few years. The full article can be found here.

  • FBI couldn’t access nearly 7K devices because of encryption (AP):  The FBI didn’t solve all its problems when it paid a hacker to break into the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone.  An article yesterday quotes FBI director Chris Wray who said that the FBI has been unable to access almost 7,000 devices this year alone.  Wray explained that this affects intelligence gathering and all types of criminal investigations, including “narcotics, human trafficking, counterterrorism, counterintelligence, gangs, organized crime, child exploitation.”  The article explains that the Trump administration has expressed a desire to be more aggressive when seeking access to information from technology companies. The full article can be read 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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