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The Very Wicked Problem of Search and Seizure in Cyberspace

The Facts In April, the Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure that would give authorities “more leeway to secretly hack into the suspected criminal’s computer,” so The Hacker News in a recent report. According to the draft minutes of the Criminal Rules Meeting, the subcommittee on Rule […]

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The Heartbleed Bug and the Political Implications of Vulnerability Management

Today, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) recounted the happenings around the Heartbleed Bug, a pervasively occurring vulnerability of the widespread OpenSSL cryptographic software that was revealed by Google and a Finnish security firm on Monday. Along with the public notification, the information website heartbleed.com was established, explaining that “[t]he Heartbleed bug allows anyone on the Internet […]

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Exploit Sales: The Unnoticed Side of the Trade in Surveillance Technologies

The Issue Last week, London-based surveillance watchdog Privacy International raised awareness of governments’ and private spyware suppliers’ engagement in an unregulated market that supplies them with intelligence on security flaws of widely-used software. Such exclusive knowledge about generally unknown vulnerabilities is a crucial part of any cyber eavesdropping operation. It allows the operator to access […]

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The Aurora Vulnerability and the Risk for Nuclear Power Plants

In February, an experienced nuclear engineer concluded on the cyber security portal Infosec Island a non-neglectable risk of a potential cyber attack, which, under certain circumstances, could cause a core melt. Due to the contribution, the so-called “Aurora Vulnerability” lies in the alternative current (AC) motors that run the emergency core cooling system, and which can […]

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Of Fridges and Pacemakers: The Pervasive Vulnerabilities of the Internet of Things (2/2)

Yesterday’s blog post raised awareness on the insecurities of the Internet of Things (IoT). Widespread vulnerabilities make all kinds of “smart” devices an easily accessible and controllable target for hackers and cyber criminals. Several examples of cyber attacks on such embedded systems have been mentioned to substantiate security expert Bruce Schneier’s problem statement. With today’s […]

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Of Fridges and Pacemakers: The Pervasive Vulnerabilities of the Internet of Things (1/2)

  The Problem In January, the Wired magazine published an essay, in which cyber security guru Bruce Schneier warned about the security risks of the Internet of Things (IoT).  “Riddled with vulnerabilities,” information technology (IT) embedded in all kinds of appliances at home, in the public, in cars, or even in our bodies allows hackers to […]

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Audit Finds Lapses In Federal Cybersecurity: Readiness Team Not Ready Itself

Shaun Waterman, of the Washington Times, reports that government auditors have found that systems at the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) "were not maintained with updates and security patches in a timely fashion and as a result were riddled with vulnerabilities that hackers could exploit." According to the article, dated September 9, 2010, the auditor's report […]

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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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