Archive for the ‘Cyber Attacks’ Category

Cyber Round Up: Rudy Giuliani compares cybersecurity to cancer and hackers to the Mafia, U.S. Utilities worry about cyber coverage after Ukraine Attack, Congress Needs to Catch up on Cybersecurity Issues

Rudy Giuliani Compares Cybersecurity to Cancer and Hackers to the Mafia (MarketWatch): In a recent MarketWatch article, Giuliani, a prostate cancer survivor compared cybersecurity to cancer, saying that both present similar challenges and that early detection is vital to reducing damage.  Giuliani went on to say that cybercrime reminds him of the organized criminal networks that […]

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Cyber Round Up: Japan Hosting “White Hat” Hackers to Test Security Systems; US Government Slow to Upgrade Cybersecurity Protections; US Assisting Ukraine Investigate Electrical Grid Hack

Japan Hosting “White Hat” Hackers to Test Security Systems (The Asahi Shimbun): Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (“METI”) will be testing the security systems of the nation’s utilities industry including electricity, gas, and water, according to The Asahi Shimbun. METI will be inviting hackers to find vulnerabilities and penetrate the security systems of the target companies that […]

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Cyber Round Up: New year, new trends; US DOJ says Chinese Cyber-Espionage National Security Emergency; Ukraine to review Cyber Defenses

New year, new trends in cybersecurity (ITProPortal): Mike Turner reports that while 2015 may have been the year that cyberattacks and cybersecurity went mainstream, there is plenty more in store for 2016.  According to the article there are six key areas to watch in the coming year: Insecure digital services: as consumers and enterprises continue […]

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Cyber Round Up: Target Pays $39M for Data Breach Settlement, GCHQ Accused of ‘Persistent’ Illegal Hacking at Security Tribunal, The Evolution of DDoS Attacks in 2015

Target Pays $39M To Settle Card Issuers’ Data Breach Claims (Law360): According to Law360, Target Corp. has agreed to a $39M settlement related to a data breach of over 40M payment cards used at Target in 2013.  Law360 reports that up to $20.25M will be paid to settlement class members while  $19.1M will be paid […]

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Cyber Round Up: US Government Agencies Ignoring Cybersecurity Warnings, Post-Paris Renewed Debate About Government Access to Encrypted Data, On Encryption: Big Tech Is Not Budging

U.S. Government Agencies Ignoring 840 Warnings on Poor Cybersecurity (Sputnik News): According to this article by Sputnik News, the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) made approximately 2,000 recommendations to improve information security in U.S. government agencies over the past six years and to-date, the government has implemented slightly over half of the recommendations (1,160).  Weaknesses included […]

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Cyber Round Up: Chinese Hackers Still Attacking U.S. Companies, CIA Revamps Cybersecurity Approach, Federal Cybersecurity Spending Up Five-Fold

Chinese Hackers Still Attacking U.S. Companies (Crowdstrike):  According to a Crowdstrike blog post, cyber hackers affiliated with the Chinese government have continued to attempt to gain unauthorized access into the systems of the U.S. companies.  Crowdstrike, a cybersecurity company that provides services to private companies, reported that in the past three weeks since the cyber […]

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Civil Nuclear Facilities Worldwide Lack Cybersecurity

Chatham House conducted a year long study from 2014-2015 on the state of the cybersecurity of the world’s civil nuclear facilities.  To gather data for this report, Chatham House undertook literature review, interviewed practitioners in the fields of cybersecurity and nuclear issues, conducted roundtable workshops bringing together cybersecurity and nuclear experts from both the private and […]

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Too Big to Fail? Understanding the U.S. Power Grid Vulnerabilities in terms of Cybersecurity

As a follow-up to yesterday’s Round Up, a report released by MIT in 2011 entitled “The Future of the Electric Grid“,  discussed the potential ramifications of failing to address cybersecurity in the context of the Nation’s Power grid.  Additionally, cybersecurity and the impact on the U.S. power grid has been discussed by multiple outlets, including articles […]

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China Continues to Sponsor, Facilitate Cyber Operations Against Neighbors

As a follow-up to yesterday’s Round Up, both eWeek and The Hacker News have reported that China has, or is currently sponsoring cyber intrusions into civil, government and military organizations throughout the Asia-Pacific region.  Whereas, both Information Week, and eWeek  linked the Naikon hacking group to an ongoing Advanced Persistent Threat campaign launched against several […]

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OPM Data Breach Possibly part of Larger Advanced Persistent Threat (APT)

Forbes reports that it now appears that the Office of Personnel and Management (OPM) data breach may have been part of a larger cyber strategy.  Whereas the original OPM data breach resulted in the compromise of over 21M comprehensive personnel files that contained extensive personally identifiable information (PII) that was stored within 120+ page SF-86 […]

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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