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Senate Intelligence Committee approves cyber security bill
Government/Defense, Security News

Trump names Grenell as acting DNI

President Trump’s appointment of U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell as acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) drew immediate criticism that the president was more interested in installing a loyalist than a candidate with deep experience in the intelligence community. “It appears the President has selected an individual *without any intelligence experience* to serve as the…
Government, Government/Defense, Security News

Ratcliffe confirmed as DNI on second nomination

Nine months after President Trump heeded bipartisan criticism and withdrew the nomination of Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, for the director of national intelligence (DNI), Ratcliffe was confirmed as DNI by the Senate in a 49-44 vote. Ratcliffe, nominated by Trump a second time in February, replaces interim DNI Richard Grenell who had filled the position…
Following cyber order from Obama, CISPA is back
Government, Government/Defense, Security News

Trump again nominates Ratcliffe for DNI post

In a curious deja vu, President Trump is nominating Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, as director of National intelligence (DNI), although Ratcliffe was widely panned as unqualified when Trump floated him as a replacement for Dan Coats last summer, prompting the president to withdraw his name. Ratcliffe, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, had prompted bipartisan…
APTs/cyberespionage, Election 2016 Cybersecurity Insights, Election Coverage, Government, Government/Defense, Security News

Trump berated Maguire after lawmakers were briefed on Russia’s active interference in 2020 election

In an echo of 2016, the intelligence community reportedly has warned lawmakers that Russia is trying to influence the 2020 election in a briefing that drew the ire of President Trump and may have prompted the ouster of acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Joseph Maguire. Trump, still peeved by IC reports that Russia hacked…
Election 2016 Cybersecurity Insights, Election Coverage, Government/Defense, Security News

House Intel Committee releases closed-door testimonies from Russia election interference probe

The House Intelligence Committee released long-promised closed-door testimonies, including those of members of President Trump’s family and inner circle, from its probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. “The testimony that the committee is releasing today serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing threat that Russian interference poses to our democratic process…
election hacking
Election Coverage, Government/Defense, Security News

Super Tuesday prompts election security vigilance, government warning

The biggest story on Super Tuesday might not be whether former Vice President Joe Biden; Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; or Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., pick up the most delegates, but rather if polling stations or election-related entities have to fend off any hinky cybersecurity activity, tech problems or disinformation campaigns. Recent contentions that Russia has continued…
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