Archive for the ‘Web/Tech’ Category

State Health Exchange Websites Pose Security Challenges

At the end of last month, the Associated Press released an exclusive report stemming from the release of various documents by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and tending to highlight major security concerns over the beginning of open enrollment in the health insurance marketplace. Here’s an oversimplified description of the way it works. […]

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Can internet activism turn into a real political movement? The Economist

On Jan 5, 2013, The Economist ran a wonderful article discussing internet users’ political power.  Opening with a discussion of netizen victories over SOPA, PIPA, ACTA, and other restrictive internet laws, the article suggested that internet users organized against restrictive laws bear similarity to both the Green Movement and the counter-culture movement of the 60s. […]

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Hacking the Human Brain: The Next Domain of Warfare (Wired)

Chloe Diggins & Clint Arizmendi wrote a fascinating article for Wired on what, in my and the author’s opinions, will become the sixth domain of warfare: the human mind. Consider the following from the Wired article: This new battlespace is not just about influencing hearts and minds with people seeking information. It’s about involuntarily penetrating, shaping, and […]


Dec 11th, 2012 privacy, Web/Tech

Auto-Immune “Symbiotes” Could Be Deployed to Thwart Cyber Attacks: YahooNews

Charles Q. Choi (of Scientific American) wrote for YahooNews on the concept of symbiotes “that could run on embedded computers regardless of the underlying operating systems.”  Choi suggested that it’s difficult to defend embedded computers due to the the incredible diversity of programs that they run.  The solution (the “symbiote”) is to run computer defenses […]


Nov 26th, 2012 technology, Web/Tech

Cyber Roundup (9/15): No Cyber EO please, Gen. Dempsey and Zuckerberg talk cyber, experts ID two huge Chinese cyber gangs, and more . . .

A quick survey of some recent cyber news . . . *** Mark Clayton wrote a very interesting piece for The Christian Science Monitor on how experts have ID’d two gangs as those behind most of that pervasive Chinese cyberexploitation.  Experts have named one gang “Elderwood” and named the other gang the “Comment Crew.”  According […]

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Twitter replaces smuggled video as terrorists’ preferred way to communicate: McClatchy

On August 29th, 2012, Hannah Allam wrote for McClatchy Newspapers  on how jihadists are increasingly using Twitter as a media outreach tool.  Of course, jihadists have always used other media platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and good ol’-fashioned audiotapes to spread their message.  However, Twitter is different because it “still offers a rare unfiltered space for […]

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Sep 9th, 2012 Cyber Jihad, Web/Tech

The battle for the internet: The Guardian

Over the next seven days, the Guardian is running a very interesting web series that will "tak[e] stock of the new battlegrounds for the internet."  Each day has a different theme, with "the militarisation of cyberspace," "the new walled gardens," "IP wars," "civilising the web," "the open resistance," and "the end of privacy," on the […]

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Survey Of RSA Conference

RSA's 2012 conference is going on right now; that conference is one of the biggest cybersecurity conferences around.  And yes, that's the same RSA that was hacked earlier this year.  A quick survey of everything that has come out of the conference so far: *** Stacy Cowley reported for CNN on the RSA conference.  According […]

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Congress Moves To Block Taliban Tweets: The Telegraph

On Dec. 25th, 2011, Ben Farmer reported for the Telegraph that the US Congress wants to block Taliban tweets that boast of attacks on ISAF coalition soldiers in Afghanistan.  The move seems to be spearheaded by Sen. Joe Lieberman, Chair of the Senate Homeland Committee. According to the article, the offending tweets usually speak to […]

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Dec 27th, 2011 Current Affairs, Web/Tech

Keepers Of The Internet Face Their Greatest Challenges Ever: CNN

On Dec. 21st, 2011, Mark Milian reported for CNN on the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).  The article boldly asserts that "the Internet doesn't have a flag or a national anthem, but it does have a government", and that for the most part ICANN plays that role.  That statement is bold because […]

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Dec 26th, 2011 Web/Tech

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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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