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Cyber Round Up: Ethical Hackers; Meltdown and Spectre; Cyber & International Law

Anatomy of an ethical hacker: What it takes to operate on the frontlines of cybersecurity (Tech World): A recent article attempts to distinguish ethical hackers from any negative connotations that may be associated with the word. Hackers are not “anti social and geeky,” the article explains, but instead are “social, curious, adaptable and motivated”by a number […]

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Haley calls Russian election interference ‘warfare,’ but is it an armed attack?

Yesterday Reuters reported that U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley called last year’s Russian meddling in the Presidential election “warfare.”  The comments came during a panel discussion alongside two former Secretaries of State, Madeleine Albright and Condoleezza Rice. Haley explained, “When a country can come interfere in another country’s elections that is warfare. It […]

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Cyber Round Up: Trump Cybersecurity Advisors Resign; China’s Views on International Law and Cyber; India and Pakistan Hit by Spy Malware

Trump Cybersecurity Advisors Resign, Citing His ‘Insufficient Attention’ to Threats (Fortune): Seven of President Trump’s advisors from the National Infrastructure Advisory Council have resigned.   The members accounted for nearly a quarter of the Council and many were Obama appointees, an article said.  In their resignation letter, which is included below, the seven cited to […]

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Cyber Round Up: Clippinger on Blockchain; Microsoft wants ‘Digital Geneva’; House Chairman paints bleak cyber picture

Blockchain, Burning Man, and the Future of Governance: A Conversation with John Clippinger (Forbes):   An article this morning by Robert Wolcott, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Kellogg Innovation Network at Northwestern University, discusses Wolcott’s conversation with John Clippinger, who is the founder of the Institute for Data-Driven Design and a research scientist at MIT.   One […]

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Actual ECJ Decision Ruling Safe Harbour Invalid

The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) recently announced its decision regarding the Safe Harbour System.  The full decision from the ECJ can be found here. A press release from the Court summarizing the decision is here: Key points from the ECJ decision include (among others): Safe Harbour does not adequately protect EU Citizens’ […]

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UN Group Releases Report on the International Security of Information and Communications Technologies

The 2015 Group of Governmental Experts on Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security released its report containing recommendations to address threats that stem from the use of information and communications technologies (“ICTs”) by both states and non-states.  The group was composed of governmental experts from the United States, […]

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INSCT & NATO CCDCOE Holding Workshop on Human Rights in Cyberspace

After hosting a successful workshop on ‘Controlling Economic Cyber Espionage‘ in June 2015, the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism and the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Center of Excellence (“CCDCOE”) will host a second workshop in October 2015.  The two-day workshop, ‘Human Rights in Cyberspace‘, will focus on the applicability of International Human Rights Law (“IHRL”) in cyberspace.  Participants include […]

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Kerry on U.S. International Cybersecurity Policy: Full video

“The United States considers the promotion of an open and secure internet to be a key component of our foreign policy,” said Secretary of State John Kerry on May 18, 2015, in South Korea. Although the July 2011 Department of Defense Strategy for Operating in Cyberspace has already been replaced by The DoD Cyber Strategy, […]

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Our Legal Analysis of U.S. Response to Sony Attack

Hollywood and the entertainment industry are not critical infrastructure. The cyber attack on Sony’s computer networks and data is not, yet, a matter of national security. The attack is also not a use of force or an armed attack, the prerequisites for use of military force in self defense under international law. Thus, talk of […]

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Cyber Round Up: Government Workers Responsible for Cyber-Incidents?; UK Research to Stop Flight Cyber Jacking; Cyber-Attack on U.S. Water Systems; New Cybersecurity Law in Japan; Israeli Researchers Remotely Hack a Car

To what extend have government workers been responsible for reported cyber-incidents? According to an article by the Associated Press, workers scattered across more than a dozen agencies, from the Defense and Education departments to the National Weather Service, are responsible for at least half of the federal cyber-incidents reported each year since 2010.  At a time when […]

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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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