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Cyber Round Up: Surveillance Reform; DHS to mandate basic security protocols; Proposed Hack Back Bill

Surveillance “Reform”: The Fourth Amendment’s Long, Slow Goodbye (Just Security): A post on Just Security earlier this week addressed both the history of surveillance in the U.S. since 9/11 and the future of it with the looming sunset of Section 702. The post explains how, in the wake of the terrorist attacks, those in charge were […]

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Cyber Round Up: Belgium to Join NATO CCDCOE, Anonymous ‘Intel’ Encounters Credibility Issues, U.S. Congressional Commission Recommends Consideration of Hackbacks

Belgium to Join NATO CCDCOE (CCDCOE):  Belgium is set to join the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Centre of Excellence (“CCDCOE”) as a Sponsoring Nation, according to the organization’s website.  According to the website, the CCDCOE is a “knowledge hub” that focuses on interdisciplinary applied research and development in the field of cyber security.  Belgium already […]

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Pros and Cons of Hacking Back

Imagine: You are the CEO of a multi-million dollar company. Aware of the current cyber climate, you budgeted out a large chunk of your company’s money for cybersecurity. This morning you received a phone call from the head of security alerting you to a cyber breach. The good news is that your security team was able to discover […]

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Cyber Round Up: US Arms Vulnerable; Hacked: Malaysia Airlines and Israel Defense Computers; World Forum Corporate Cybersecurity

U.S. Arms Programs Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks: Pentagon’s chief weapons tester reported on the cybersecurity of U.S. weapons program, and according to Reuters, the results are dismal.  Reuters reviewed the findings of the report, which found that nearly every U.S. weapons program tested in fiscal year 2014 showed “significant vulnerabilities” to cyberattacks.  According to Reuters, the report said tests […]

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Justice Shifts to Cyber From Terrorists With Reorganization Announced Today

“The US Justice Department is shifting the focus of its national security prosecution team to deal with cyber instead of spies,” writes Lawfare.  “U.S. national security prosecutors shift focus from spies to cyber,” proclaims Reuters.  “DOJ heightens focus on state-backed cyber crime” is The Hill’s headline.  All are reacting to a press release from the […]

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The Argument for a Defense-centric Cyber Strategy

In a recent report, Foreign Policy considers a critical question facing cybersecurity pros.  Namely, which strategy is more effective at combatting cyber threats—the offensive or defensive? Comparing today’s technological evolution to the advantages seen just prior to the outbreak of World War I, FP argues that we should be focusing our attention (and our resources) […]

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ISC2: Offensive Cyber Strategies Don’t Make Sense

EWeek reports that a panel of cyber pros debated the effectiveness of offensive security at the International Information Systems Security Consortium (ISC2) last month.  The panel was tasked with discussing the propriety and utility of vigilantism in cyberspace (“hackback,” at a minimum).  For many of the panelists, an offensive approach seemed undesirable. Adam Meyers, Vice […]

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Oct 25th, 2013 Criticism, cyber attack, hackback

Dark Reading: Attribution and the False Flag Problem

FireEye released a new report detailing how victims of cyberattacks can follow the specific methods used in a strike to tie the perpetrator to the attack.  However, as Dark Reading reports, there is one giant warning that accompanies these suggestions—beware of false flags, which many believe occur daily.  As one Senior FireEye Threat analyst, Kenneth Geers, […]

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Oct 22nd, 2013 anonymity, cyber attack, hackback

Endgame Creator a Proponent of Hackback

At the Carnegie Council on Ethics in International Affairs in New York a few weeks ago, the creator of Endgame, Chris Rouland, lobbied for broader hackback authority to be given to government agencies and private firms.  However, as Forbes reports, Rouland was speaking for himself and not as an Endgame executive.  Rouland stepped down as […]

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Oct 20th, 2013 hackback, Law, Legislation

Cyber Roundup: Attackers-for-Hire, Cyber-Poaching, and “Cyber Mr. Big”

Symantec researcher Kevin Haley believes the increased desire to hire cyber attackers to offensively combat cybercrime, fraud, and espionage presents a troubling trend.  In his interview with Tracy Kitten (available here), he discusses the sophistication of the “attackers-for-hire” as well as the new cyber-defense options that should be considered in response to this trend. BBC […]

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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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