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Microsoft shares evidence Russia hacked 2018 Congressional candidates, House votes down additional state election funds

Once Microsoft discovered the malicious activity, it shut down the domain and alerted government authorities.

Prior to inauguration Trump shown evidence that Putin ordered election interference

Then-CIA Director John Brennan revealed emails and texts passed among Russian military officers, according to a report from the New York Times, which also said the then-president elect "sounded grudgingly convinced."

Twitter suspends Guccifer 2.0, DCLeaks accounts

DCLeaks was used to distribute documents pilfered during the hacks and Guccifer 2.0 posed as a Romanian hacker inspired by notorious hacker Guccifer.

North Korea who met with Pompeo was spy chief behind Sony hack

Vice Chairman Kim Yong Chol is credited with building North Korea's hacker army.

DHS's Nielsen frustrates lawmakers with claim not to have read intel that Russia meddled to help Trump

DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Russia clearly tried to interfere in the 2016 presidential election but noted she'd not read intel reports that suggested the nation-state did so to help President Trump.

Senate intel committee concurs with IC that Russia meddled in election to help Trump, hurt Clinton

The Senate Intelligence Committee, which has been probing Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, said Wednesday it supported the conclusions of the intelligence community that found Russia sought to aid Trump.

McFaul says Putin invested billions in trolls and bots to propagate chaos

Putin has grown less risk-averse in playing his hand against Western democracies, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul said Friday at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

Kaspersky challenges Twitter's decision banning company's ads

Kaspersky Lab founder Eugene Kaspersky penned a letter to Twitter Founder and CEO Jack Dorsey defending his compsny's transparency and business practices.

DNC files suit against Trump campaign, Russia, WikiLeaks over 2016 election interference

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) filed a lawsuit Friday in a federal district court in Manhattan against the Trump campaign, WikiLeaks and the Russian government for conspiring to swing the election toward Donald Trump.

Critical infrastructure needs shoring up after U.S., U.K. blame Russia for attacks

Shortly before resigning his position, former White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Rob Joyce vowed the U.S. would take aggressive action against Russia.

Comey says Trump team didn't ask about Russian threat, would handle Clinton email differently

In the soon-to-be released book A Higher Loyalty, Comey said during a Trump Tower meeting in January 2017, neither the president-elect or members of his incoming team asked for details on the Russian threat.

Gates was in touch with Russian spy during presidential campaign, Mueller court docs show

A sentencing document in the case of Dutch lawyer Alex van der Zwaan—who has pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about Gates and an unidentified associate.

Misstep reveals Guccifer 2.0 as Russian GRU operative

They were able to peg the hacker from his Moscow IP address, which appeared in a U.S. social media company's logs.

Stamos reportedly leaving Facebook over transparency regarding Russia's social media activities

Alex Stamos reportedly differed with management on transparency regarding Russian operatives leveraging the its platform to disrupt U.S. democratic processes influence the presidential election.

Mueller subpoenas Trump Org docs relating to Russia

There is no indication that the Trump family business or the White House will resist the subpoena.

Trump administration imposes sanctions on Russia for election interference, NotPetya

The administration imposed sanctions on Russian individuals and organizations, many of them identified in an indictment obtained by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, in retaliation for election interference and "malicious" cyberattacks.

Mueller may be preparing charges against DNC hackers

Citing current and former officials in government, NBC News said the charges, like those recently filed against Russian nationals involved in an influence campaign meant to impact the 2016 presidential election, would draw from intelligence provided by agencies that are part of the U.S. intelligence community.

ICS vulnerabilities could be exploited to cause 'severe operational impact,' report warns

Research from Dragos, released in a trio of reports under the umbrella "A Qualitative View of 2017," revealed that 61 percent of 163 industrial control vulnerabilities discovered last year could be exploited to cause "severe operational impact."

Sofacy group targeted foreign ministries in North America, Europe

In early February, Unit 42 tracked Sofacy's two-prong campaign using completely different toolsets to attack various Ministries of Foreign Affairs around the world.

U.S. vows Russia will pay "costs" for NotPetya

White House cybersecurity czar Rob Joyce said there will be consequences for Russia on the international stage.

Cyber a top priority, Russia will flex its muscle in 2018 midterms, intel chiefs tell Senate

Russia's actions are part of a dangerous trend as cyber grows to a "top priority" security threat, lawmakers and members of the intelligence community said at the annual Senate Intelligence Committee World Threats hearing.

DHS Manfra says Russians successfully penetrated some state election systems

Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson urged states to take action to thwart election hackers.

Cardin report blasts Trump's inaction on Russian interference

For the second time in two days, Congressional Democrats have run counter to the wishes of their Republican colleagues by releasing information pertinent to Russia's cyberespionage activities and interference in democratic processes.

FBI didn't warn gov't officials, others that Fancy Bear hacks targeted private gmail

A two-month probe of the 19,000 lines of targeting data provided by SecureWorks found that 500 U.S. persons who were in the Kremlin's sights and of 80 of them interviewed only two who had received FBI warnings.

Facebook tool will let users view Russian-placed pages, Instagram accounts

Rocked by accusations that it helped a Russian propaganda campaign designed to sow division in the U.S. and influence the presidential election, Facebook has attempted to make amends.

Al Jazeera sites being hacked, FBI assisting in investigation

An FBI team is onsite in Qatar following "systematic and continual hacking attempts" on the websites and other digital platforms of the Al Jazeera Media Network.

Putin says 'patriotic hackers,' may have interfered in U.S. election

"Patriotic hackers," akin to "artists," may have come to the defense of Russia, President Vladmir Putin said at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum.

WannaCry fallout: is hoarding exploits, delaying fixes ever justified?

With the lethality of WannaCry being blamed on the NSA's EternalBlue exploit, we asked the cyber-security industry about the wisdom of allowing intelligence agencies to stockpile zero days.