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Draft AUMF from White House

On February 11, 2015, the President of the United States sent a letter to Congress “submitting a draft AUMF that would authorize the continued use of military force to degrade and defeat ISIL.”  Recall that past Authorizations for Military Force (AUMF) have been cited by the White House as authority for electronic surveillance as “signals […]

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Nation-State Cyberattacks are NOT Terrorism, asserts RAND expert

According to Martin C. Libicki, even when backed by nation-states, cyberattacks are not terrorism and should not be considered a national-security concern.  Do you agree? Libicki is a senior management scientist at the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND corporation.  In an article on the topic for Newsweek, Libicki defines terrorism as “the use of attacks to create […]

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Cameron Comes Out in Support of Encryption Ban

UK Prime Minister David Cameron recently spoke out in support of enacting legislation that will enable the country’s security services to gain access to communications held through internet platforms, The Independent reported. A previous attempt to pass a communications data bill was blocked, adds the report. There has been a steady increase in the popularity of encrypted communications […]

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New Tech Designed to Protect Infrastructure Against Hackers

With reports of breaches of the nations’ critical infrastructure on the rise, Sierra Nevada Corp. (“SNC”), a systems integrator and electronic systems provider, has partnered with the City of Fort Morgan in Colorado to protect the city’s infrastructure from cyber-attacks.  The Binary Armor® SCADA protection system was integrated into the city’s electrical network, and is […]

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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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Cyber Round Up: Medical Devices as a Cyber Vulnerability; US Regulators Concerned about ‘Armageddon-Type’ Cyber Attack; Islamic State Takes Over Social Media; Taiwan Probes Xiaomi on Cyber Security; Cyber Attacks Hit Military Transport Companies

According to an article by the Washington Post, something people used to dismiss as a far-fetched idea is now getting main-stream coverage.  The article reports that the FDA is holding a conference open to the public to discuss the potential cyber vulnerabilities in the use of medical devices. New York State Department of Financial Services Chief Benjamin […]

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TIME: An ISIS Cyberattack Against the United States is Unlikely

Is the exposure of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) throughout various social media websites a sign that ISIS is technologically capable of launching a major cyberattack against the United States? According to a recent article by Time Magazine Online, the answer is no. While the article acknowledges ISIS’s recruitment campaign over social media networks like […]

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Cyber Roundup: AT&T Releases the Numbers; Important Federal Court Rulings this Week; Clapper Says Surveillance Debacle Could Have Been Avoided

Last week, AT&T released the rough numbers reflecting the frequency with which the U.S. government (USG) has secretly demanded the phone records of AT&T consumers, Wired reports.  Furthermore, according to the Wall Street Journal, such requests amount to at least 35,000 records between January and June of 2013. The New York Times reports that the […]

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Cyber Roundup: Terrorism Defendants Challenge the U.S. Gov and Hackers File Suit Against German Gov; Update on Lavabit’s Challenge to Civil Contempt Order

In October of last year, Lavabit challenged a civil contempt order issued after the service refused to hand over its encryption key that would have allowed the government to conduct surveillance on Edward Snowden.  According to the Washington Post, at the beginning of this month, the Fourth Circuit heard oral arguments on the issues.  Orin […]

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President Obama’s National Security Letter Reforms: UPDATE

On January 17, 2014, President Obama addressed the nation with his plan to revamp government surveillance activities.  The President outlined five key changes he hopes to implement moving forward.  You can take a look at our post from the day the speech was released for a full recap; but, for now, I want to focus […]

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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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