Posts Tagged ‘attribution’

Cyber Round Up: A Turning Point for Attribution; Cyber Attribution Isn’t ‘So Important’; NSA hack

Georgia Tech Cyber Security Summit Declares 2017 a Turning Point for Attribution (Georgia Tech): Georgia Tech hosted its 15th Annual Cyber Security Summit last week, and some prominent guest made headlines during their talks.  A summary posted on Georgia Tech’s website highlights the conference’s notable discussions. Stewart Baker, a former assistant secretary for policy at DHS […]

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A New Attribution Problem: Cyber Attack or Malfunction?

“The thinking was that the Iranians would blame bad parts, or bad engineering, or just incompetence.” – Architect of Stuxnet Cyber Attack. According to an article by JustSecurity, confusion about whether an incident is an accident or a cyber attack may be a common problem going forward.  The article opens with a reference to a Bloomberg news […]

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Chinese Hackers? Russian Hackers? Hacktivists? Uncertainty Behind the Source of the Recent Breaches of Government Agencies

It started late in October, when computer networks at the White House were breached by an outside group, causing disruptions throughout the entire system.  Since then a number of agencies, including the U.S. Postal Service and the National Weather Service, have reported attacks.  Then, this past Sunday, the State Department took the unprecedented step of […]

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Dark Reading: Attribution and the False Flag Problem

FireEye released a new report detailing how victims of cyberattacks can follow the specific methods used in a strike to tie the perpetrator to the attack.  However, as Dark Reading reports, there is one giant warning that accompanies these suggestions—beware of false flags, which many believe occur daily.  As one Senior FireEye Threat analyst, Kenneth Geers, […]

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Oct 22nd, 2013 anonymity, cyber attack, hackback

Cyber roundup (10/31): Update on SC breach, FBI attribution emphasis draws criticism, WashPo cyber conference, private firms hiring U.S. information warfare experts for hackback, and more . . .

Happy Halloween!  Here’s a quick survey of some recent cyber news . . . *** Tim Smith, for, on that breach of South Carolina’s Department of Revenue.  According to Smith, that breach saw “3.6 million Social Security numbers and 387,000 mostly encrypted credit or debit card numbers” compromised.  Moreover, it appears that the hacker […]

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Cyber roundup (10/30): Georgia outs Russia-based hacker, FBI working on attribution, DOD and BYOD, and cyber triage

Quick survey of recent cyber news . . . *** Fascinating article from Computerworld’s Jeremy Kirk.  Apparently the Georgian government outed a Russian hacker with ties to the Russian government by hacking back into his computer, taking his photograph, and releasing that photograph.  Kirk documented the entire incident: a very talented Russian hacker kept breaking […]

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Rethinking cybersecurity, retribution, and the role of the private sector: Stewart Baker

Two articles from Stewart Baker, one over at The Volokh Conspiracy, and another from Baker’s Skating on Stilts blog. The first piece from the Skating on Stilts blog covers the role of the private sector and retribution.  The article is a bit old (Sept 18), but it joins a chorus of recent articles and comments […]


Oct 8th, 2012 cyber attack, deterrence

Vulnerability Assessment: Lessons from Four Cyber Events – Video

The Center for Strategic and International Studies has released a video of its Global Security Forum 2011's session entitled, "Vulnerability Assessment: Lessons from Four Cyber Events," held on June 8, 2011.  The speakers were: Robert L. Deitz, Former Senior Councilor to Director of the Central Intelligence AgencyJudith Miller, Former General Counsel for the U.S. Department […]

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Proposal for Cyber War Rules of Engagement

In an article by Susan Watts, of BBC Newsnight, published February 3, 2011, it appears that cyber security and specific rules of engagement in dealing with a cyber attack will, for the first time, be considered at this year's annual Munich Security Conference.   "The world needs cyber war 'Rules of Engagement' to cope with […]

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Pentagon: The Global Cyberwar is Just Beginning

In an October 5, 2010 article by staff writer Anna Mulrine, The Christian Science Monitor reports that as the Pentagon is "rapidly preparing for cyberwar in the face of alarming and growing threats . . . [it is] struggling with some basics of warfare – including how to define exactly what, for starters, constitutes an […]

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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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