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Cyber Round Up: Double-Dip Internet of Things botnet attack felt across the internet; Cyberattacks disrupts Access to Facebook, Twitter, Netflix; WikiLeaks claims its supporters are behind the massive DDoS cyberattack

Double-Dip Internet of Things (IoT) botnet attack felt across the internet (ARSTechnica): In this article, Sean Gallagher states that distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against dynamic domain name service provider (DDNS) Dyn have been occurring for the past couple of days.  According to the article, part of this attack seems to have arisen from […]

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Cyber Vigilantes Operate Unhindered by Governments in Fight Against ISIS

As you scroll through your news feed, take notice all the articles on hacktivist groups and activities.  Through issues like the Sony and Ashley Madison breaches and the release of U.S. military personnel information by ISIS supporters, hacktivism has earned a place in our daily vocabulary.  After almost any big “real-world” event, you can now expect “cyber” action from these hacktivist groups.  […]

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Cyber Round Up: Anonymous Declares War on ISIS, Ghost Security Group Targets ISIS Online Activities

Anonymous Declares War on ISIS (NBC News):  Anonymous, the hacker group, has reportedly declared war on ISIS following the attacks on Paris, according NBC News.  A video has been released, although not yet verified, where a “spokesperson” for the group warned ISIS of “massive cyber attacks”, the article continued.  A tweet from the group’s official […]

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Is the US Indirectly Supporting Cyber Vigilantism? A Look at The Jester…

Called a  “Patriotic Hacker”… “Cyber Vigilante” … “Cyber Patriot” … which only begs the question: Who Is The Jester? He has allegedly taken down more than 170 Jihadi websites since 2010. He has over 66,000 Twitter followers. He hacked Wikileaks. He even hacked Anonymous. Five months ago he agreed to take part in a rare interview […]

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A Hacktivist View of US Cybersecurity

When those in power break their own laws then there is no law and no moral authority; there are just competing factions in an international power struggle to control resources. – Jeremy Hammond, Anonymous hacktivist. Following the SONY and CENTCOM cyber attacks, there has been a lot of discussion about the difference between nation-state and individual hackers, large-scale […]

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A Look Back in Review: Analyzing the CentCom Hack

When Twitter and YouTube accounts belonging to the military’s US Central Command were hacked, the Pentagon brass quickly dismissed the hack as nothing more than “cybervandalism,” or a “cyberprank.”  However, the opinions of cybersecurity experts vary on the impact of what appeared to be a  “trivial hack.”  I have compiled views from both sides and provided links to read […]

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Cyber Round Up: US Central Command Hacked; Anonymous vs. Islamic Terrorists; NSA Director Pushes for Stronger Cyber Responses; US Denies ‘Hack Back’ Against North Korea

US Central Command Hacked by Islamic Hackers: US Central Command’s Twitter and YouTube accounts have been hacked by a group claiming to back Islamic State, reports BBC News.  While an unnamed Pentagon official said the hacking was an embarrassment but did not appear to be a security threat, one message by the hackers read: “American […]

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Cyber Round Up: REGIN Malware; Egyptian Cyber Army; Potential Iran Cyber Attacks; State-Sponsored Hackers VS Human Rights Groups

REGIN  – Top-tier espionage malware that Symantec and Kaspersky reports indicate was created by a nation state has been described as a highly sophisticated back door-type Trojan that is customizable with an extensive range of capabilities depending on the target.  Stay tuned to Crossroads Blog this week for an in-depth look at “The Five Ws […]

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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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