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Cyber Round Up: NATO Seeks $3.2 billion for cyber; U.S. cyber policy has deterrence failure;

NATO to Seek Bids for $3.2 Billion in Satellite, Cyber Security (Bloomberg):  Pending NATO contracts will focus on satellite communications, air and missile defense systems, software, and cyber security. An article said that the $3.2 billion commitment is representative of the organization’s adjustment to new threats, including those from Russian meddling and increased cyber attacks.  Specifically, […]

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Third Circuit Sidesteps Fifth Amendment in Forced Decryption Decision

The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit handed down its decision in United States v. Apple Mac Pro Computer earlier this week.  The case involves a former Philadelphia police officer, Francis Rawls, who was being investigated for child pornography.  Mr. Rawls refused to decrypt two hard drives that the government claimed contained child […]

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Cyber Round Up: Cyber Executive Order; Politicians Should Stay Out; Half of Web Encrypted

Big changes in Trump’s cybersecurity executive order (CNN):   Reports Tuesday that President Trump would be signing an Executive Order addressing cyber policies ultimately ended with him just discussing the content of the order with his lead advisers, according to a CNN article.   The report says that major changes are coming to the way the […]

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Apple Encryption Debate: What about iCloud?

 Mossberg: The iCloud loophole (TheVerge): Walt Mossberg’s article highlights the fact that Apple has the ability to decrypt the bulk of data that is uploaded via iCloud backups.  Furthermore, Apple has unencrypted and provided iCloud backup data to both the FBI as well as other law enforcement agencies on numerous occasions (once a valid warrant has […]

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Apple vs. FBI Panel Discussion With Prof. Snyder

Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies (iSchool) hosted a multidisciplinary panel discussion on February 26, 2016, to help shed light on Apple corporation’s resistance to the recent FBI demand to unlock the iPhone of one of the terrorists involved in the San Bernardino California killings in December 2015. Panelists included Kevin Du, Professor at the […]

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Mar 4th, 2016 AppleVsFBI, encryption

Video of Hearing “The Encryption Tightrope: Balancing Americans’ Security and Privacy”

The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee held a hearing on March 1, 2016, entitled “The Encryption Tightrope: Balancing Americans’ Security and Privacy.”  Witnesses included FBI Director James Comey and Apple, Inc., Senior Vice President and General Counsel Mr. Bruce Sewell.  This video covers the entire hearing, five hours and 30 minutes long.  We’ll try […]

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Mar 4th, 2016 AppleVsFBI, encryption

FBI Dir. Comey’s testimony today: “Encryption Tightrope: Balancing Americans’ Security and Privacy”


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Mar 1st, 2016 AppleVsFBI, encryption

Actual Motion Filed by Apple in AppleVsFBI

Actual pleading filed by Apple in federal court on February 25, 2016, APPLE INC’S MOTION TO VACATE ORDER COMPELLING APPLE INC. TO ASSIST AGENTS IN SEARCH, AND OPPOSITION TO GOVERNMENT’S MOTION TO COMPEL ASSISTANCE. [Editors note:  This blog will attempt to provide readers with access to all of the primary source documents in the current […]

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Feb 26th, 2016 AppleVsFBI, encryption

Apple’s Odd First Amendment Argument

I have been saying that there is no Constitutional issue in the case In The Matter of the Search of an Apple Iphone Seized During the Execution of a Search Warrant on a Black Lexus IS300, California License Plate 35KGD203, the so-called “Apple v. FBI” litigation, because the government has a warrant to search the […]

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Actual Order Compelling Apple, Inc. to Assist Agent’s in Search of iPhone

[Editors note:  This blog will attempt to provide readers with access to all of the primary source documents in the current litigation between the U.S. Department of Justice and Apple Inc., technically known as In The Matter of the Search of an Apple Iphone Seized During the Execution of a Search Warrant on a Black […]

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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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