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Cyber Round Up: FBI, DHS Run Nationwide Cyber Campaign, Iranians Indicted on Cyber Crimes, Chinese Cyber Spying Decreased Since Agreement with U.S.

FBI, DHS Run Nationwide Cyber Campaign (Washington Free Beacon): The FBI and DHS began a nationwide campaign warning companies running electrical infrastructure in the country of the dangers posed by cyber threats, according to the Washington Free Beacon. The program began on March 31, and include webinars in eight U.S. states of an “unclassified briefing” called “Ukraine Cyber Attack: […]

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Cyber Round Up: U.S. Charges Iran-linked hackers, Biggest Threat: Insider Breaches, Ukraine Attacks Issue Wake-up Call to U.S. Critical Infrastructure

U.S. Charges Iran-linked Hackers with Targeting Banks and a N.Y. Dam (The Washington Post): According to this article, the Justice Department indicted seven hackers with ties to Iran for cybercrimes which included disrupting U.S. bank websites and hacking into a dam in Upstate N.Y.  The article states that this is the first time the DOJ has […]

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Cyber Round Up: Iranian Cyberattack on NY Dam was “Shot Across the Bow”, Possible AMEX Data Breach, Are Data Breaches on the Rise?

Senator Schumer: Iranian Cyberattack on New York Dam Was “Shot Across the Bow” (TheTower.org): A recent article in the Tower.org states that Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) equated the Iranian cyberattack on a dam just outside New York City as a “shot across the bow”.  According to the article, Cylance (a cybersecurity firm) indicated that Iranian […]

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Cyber Round Up: Iranian Cyberattacks on the Rise, UK Surveillance Bill — Sweeping Powers for Spies, The Biggest Cybersecurity Threat: The Energy Sector

Iranian Cyberattacks are on the rise (The Hill): According to a report by The Hill, Iran is increasing its cyberattacks and there is speculation that if economic sanctions against Iran are lifted they may pour even more resources into this endeavor.  The cybersecurity firm Norse is expected to release the results of a study today […]

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Cyber Round Up: Homeland Security websites vulnerable to cyber attack, Kremlin-backed hackers spying on Europe, Asia, US: cybersecurity firm, Cyberthreat Posed by China and Iran Confounds White House

Homeland Security Websites Vulnerable to Cyber Attack — Audit (Reuters): An Inspector General (IG) Audit identified vulnerabilities on internal websites at both the United States Secret Service (USSS) and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Reuters reported.  The Reuters article states that the issues identified could allow unauthorized users to access sensitive data and the websites in question […]

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Iran’s Cyber Revenge

In 2010, the United States and Israel reportedly attacked Iran’s nuclear enrichment center using a computer worm that caused about 1,000 centrifuges to self-destruct.  From recent reports by cybersecurity firms Norse and Cylance*, it appears that Iranians have begun a cycle of cyber retaliation. Unlike nuclear technology, cyber tools provide Iran with a usable weapon with […]

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Cyber Round Up: Iran Learns from West; Auto-Hacking Risks on the Rise; Facebook’s Cyber Security Network; Traps over Firewalls

NSA: Iran Learns from Western Cyberattacks: The Intercept reports that by studying and replicating Western cyber tactics, a NSA document warns that Iran has been able to create increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks.  According to the article, Iran’s destructive cyber attack against Saudi Aramco in August 2012 is questionably similar to a cyberattacks against Iran’s own oil industry […]

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Operation Cleaver Cyber Attacks: Is Iran the New China?

“If Operation Cleaver doesn’t get the world to wake up to what is happening in the silent world of cyber, then perhaps nothing will.” – Cylance Report on Operation Cleaver. According to researchers at Cylance, a security startup, a vast number of western organizations have been breached by hackers operating out of Iran.  Cylance has […]

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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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Iran’s Boosted Cyber Capabilities

In a hearing of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on “Iran’s Support for Terrorism Worldwide,” former chairman of the House’s Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence gave a statement that included the “increasing sophistication of Iran’s cyber program and capability to conduct cyber warfare.” The testimony on last Tuesday followed reports in February on Iranian hackers, who penetrated the Navy […]

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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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