Cyber Round Up: Cryptocurrency Miners; Cyber in the Shutdown; Military Cyberwar Training

  • Forget Viruses or Spyware—Your Biggest Cyberthreat Is Greedy Cryptocurrency Miners (MIT Tech Review): Software programs used to mine cryptocurrency are now some of the most prevalent forms of malware on the Internet, a recent article says.  A separate article supports this argument, as it reports that that from 372 Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) “roughly $400 million of the total $3.7 billion funds raised to date had been stolen.” The article quotes many cyber experts who say that it is quickly becoming a larger threat than ransomware, as mining has a higher rate of return. The full article can be read here.
  • Cyber takes on new prominence in shutdown government (FCW): One of the concerns during a government shutdown is how limited resources are prioritized. A recent article looked at where cybersecurity falls in this analysis, noting that the government is in uncharted waters given that many cyber components were not around during the last shutdown. The article quotes an OMB memo that deems cybersecurity functions as necessary during a shutdown, while a DHS plan would allegedly furlough 80% of its cyber workforce. The full article can be read here.

  • Here’s what the military’s ‘flight simulator’ for cyberwarfare might look like (cyberscoop): The U.S. Army is experimenting with all sorts of different ways to train its “warriors” for the modern cyber era, a recent article explains. According to the article, this effort relies heavily on input from the private sector, and the Army will hold its second industry day to hear pitches for developing cyber simulators. The Persistent Cyber Training Exercise (PCTE) was originally described as “a training platform that allows cyber mission forces (CMF) to train in emulated network environments … [which] will largely focus on integration of available applications, enabling increased automation to ultimately support multiple simultaneous training events.” The article includes a video of a demo done by the authors, and can be found 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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