Cyber Round Up: Modernizing Government Technology Act; Special Operations Must Embrace Cyber; 3 Guilty Pleas in Botnet Attacks

  • Trump signs bill to modernize government IT and cybersecurity (Tech Republic): Part of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act that President Trump signed on Tuesday includes the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act, a recent article says.  The purpose of that act is evident from its name, as the U.S. currently spends $80 billion a year on tech, most of which is dedicated to simply maintaining outdated systems, the article says. One cyber consultant calls the Act the “most incredibly powerful thing that Congress has done in a decade.” The full article with more in depth explanations of the Act can be found here.

  • U.S. Commanders Must Embrace Cyber, Special Ops Chief Says (DoD): U.S. Special Operations Command are enjoying offensive and defensive success in cyberspace, a recent article says. “We special operations forces live — some would say thrive — in a world that is often out ahead of policy,” Army Gen. Raymond A. Thomas III said. Decisions in cyber end up being outsourced, according to the article, and the U.S. has much more procedure for conducting cyber operations than nations such as Russia or China. Thomas’s full comments about operations in cyber can be found here.

  • Three U.S. men plead guilty to crimes tied to 2016 botnet attacks (Reuters): Three men responsible for massive cyber attacks last year pleaded guilty in federal court in New Jersey, according to a recent article. The men were responsible for the creation of and renting out of the Mirai botnet, the article explained, although they did not carry out any attacks themselves. All three men are either 20 or 21 years of age and were motivated by financial gain. 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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