Cyber Round Up: Remote Control Malware; Public Opinion and Smart Cities; Crackdown on Chinese Tech

  • A New Breed of Cyberattack Uses Remote-Control Malware to Sabotage Industrial Safety Systems (MIT Tech Review):  A brief post on the MIT Technology Review’s website highlights a growing cyber threat to infrastructure. The article uses an example from last month where malware known as Triton was used against an oil facility in Saudi Arabia as an example. The article stressed the significance of the fact that this was done remotely, and that it disabled the last line of defense meaning other attacks would be much easier to conduct. The full post can be read here.

  • Public Opinion Often Sets Privacy Standards for Smart City Tech (Gov Tech): A recent summit addressed how cities are using smart technology and the role of the public played a major role in the discussions, according to a recent article.  The article explains that cities are both gathering more and releasing more and more data in ways that are easier for citizens to access and utilize. But there have been other implications that have caused concern.“It’s a fundamental part of an open data effort to think what can be re-identified, what is private information and can the police come and get a warrant,” one former government official said. The article stresses that public opinion can play a major role in shaping these policies. The full article can be read here.
  • Security fears spark crackdown on Chinese tech (The Hill):  The U.S. government has followed attempts to limit the Russian cyber threat by preventing the U.S. of Kaspersky software with similar plans for Chinese technology, recent reports suggest. The article cites AT&T’s withdrawal from a deal with a Chinese phone maker called Huawei as one example, and that lawmakers are pressuring AT&T to further distance itself from that company. “We don’t want undisclosed back doors into our systems,” Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) explained. Another quote explains that China is both an economic and military threat and that data would likely end up in the hands of the Chinese government. 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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