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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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Cyber Round Up: White House Breach Linked to Russian Government; New Law Against Cyber Squatting in Nigeria; DHS Probes Cybersecurity Dangers in Medical Devices; New Report Links Cyber Espionage Group to Chinese Intelligence; Justice Official Speaks on Government-Business Cooperation to Improve Cybersecurity

The Washington Post reports that hackers thought to be working for the Russian government breached the unclassified White House computer networks in recent weeks resulting in temporary disruptions to some services while cybersecurity teams worked to contain the intrusion.  However, the article also states that the intruders did not damage any of the systems and […]

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Crimea Crisis: Operational Complexities in a (Non-) Present Cyberwar

As the situation on the Crimean peninsula remains tense, media reports on cyber incidents disrupting Crimean information and communication networks are increasingly discussing the likelihood of a virtual escalation of the crisis, and the hypotheticals of a cyberwar between Russia and the Ukraine. While the following articles provide different assessments of the cyber-strategical status quo, […]

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Cyber Roundup: Russia’s Cyberstrategy Open for Comment; UK Launches “Cyber Streetwise” Campaign; Apple Co-Founder Speaks on Behalf of Xiaomi, Inc.

Russia’s Defense Ministry has opened up its new cyberstrategy for public comment.  Entitled “Conceptual Views Regarding the Activity of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in the Information Space,” Lawfare Blog reports that the concept has three main points: control, prevention, and solution of cyber conflicts.  However, there is no mention in the strategy […]

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Brazil, Germany Submit Draft Resolution to UNGA in Response to NSA

The 68th session of the United Nation’s General Assembly has convened with an eye toward enhancing international regulation of cyberspace and, as The Nation reports, two of the main rivaling superpowers—the U.S. and Russia—appear prepared to make concessions. However, according to The Miami Herald, in light of recent news of National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance […]

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NSA Documents Leaked to Governments of Brazil, Mexico–Journalists Talk State Sovereignty

Various media outlets have reported on Glenn Greenwald’s activities over the weekend, which are the subject of this post.  However, I found NBC Bay Area’s recitation of events to be most helpful in understanding the crux of the story.  Based on that report, here’s what happened: Over the weekend, Greenwald, the Rio de Janeiro-based American […]

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Did Iran Hijack The ‘Beast’? US Experts Cautious About Bold Claims: The Christian Science Monitor

This is deja vu all over again.  If there has been one constant throughout this entire drone episode, it's that no one expert can agree on anything. On Dec. 16th, 2011, Mark Clayton reported for the Christian Science Monitor on an Iranian engineer's claim that Iran took control of a US RQ-170 stealth drone by […]

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Did Hackers Destroy Part Of A City Water Station?

Well, we knew this day was coming.  On November 18th, 2011, Kim Zetter reported for Wired on how hackers may have taken control of a city water utility in Springfield, Illinois, and then proceeded to destroy a water pump.  The hackers were discovered when water district employees kept having problems with the computer system that […]

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Nov 18th, 2011 cyber attack

Cyber Weaknesses Should Deter US From Waging War: AP

On November 7th, 2011, Lolita Baldor reported for the AP that Richard Clarke, a former top US cybersecurity official, believes that US networks are so vulnerable to attack that it should deter US leaders from going to war.  In fact, Clarke would advise the president against attacking countries like China, North Korea, Russia, and Iran […]

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Ex-U.S. General Urges Frank Talk On Cyber Weapons: Reuters

On Nov. 6th, 2011, Andrea Shalal-Esa reported for Reuters on how James Cartwright, the former No. 2 officer in the US military, has urged that the US should be more open about its development and use of offensive cyber weapons.  Gen. Cartwright was quoted as saying "We've got to step up the game; we've got […]

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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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