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Manafort seeks probe of FISA Court order leak

Paul Manafort called for a full investigation into a leak that revealed he was the subject of a FISA Court order.

Investigators wiretapped Manafort under FISA court order

Suspicious of his work on behalf of Ukraine's ruling party, investigators first obtained a FISA court order to tap Manafort in 2014, according to a report by CNN.

Facebook hands over ads, account info to Mueller

The Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook shared copies of ads with Mueller's investigation as well as the criteria the accounts used to target the those ads.

Trump lawyer, confidante Cohen to testify before Senate committee

Cohen was a central character is the infamous Steele dossier and interacted with Russian-born Trump associate Felix Sater, who boasted he could solicit Putin's endorsement to get Trump elected president.

Harvard withdraws Manning fellowship after CIA chiefs protest

Morell took issue with Manning's release of classified information, subsequently published by WikiLeaks, which he said put members of the military in harm's way.

Trump associates unmasked in probe of UAE prince's NYC trip

The prince met in December with former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon, who recently resigned as the president's adviser and other Trump officials

N. Korea targets Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency firms amid sanctions

North Korean hackers are targeting banks and other cryptocurrency outlets as international sanctions appear to take their toll on the Hermit Kingdom.

Facebook says Russian troll farm bought, placed ads during 2016 campaign

While at $100,000 the money spent on ads was small, it raises questions as to whether Russian operatives were aided by U.S. persons as to where to place them.

Sen. Shaheen pushes for government wide ban on Kaspersky software

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) is pushing for a federal government wide ban of security software developed by Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab.

Pacifier APT backdoor components have suspected ties to Russia-linked Turla Group

Bitdefender researchers spotted three new Pacifier APT backdoor components that appear to link the group's cyberespionage campaigns against government institutions to the Russia-linked Turla Group.

Chinese national arrested in relation to OPM breach

U.S. officials arrested a Chinese national who is accused of being involved in the 2015 OPM breach.

Blumenthal: Committee should release transcript of testimony on Trump dossier

Glenn Simpson talked to Senate Judiciary Committee staffers behind closed doors for 10 hours Tuesday about the dossier his firm drafted from research gathered from former MI6 agent Christopher Steele.

Navy probe of warship collision will consider cyberattacks

Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson tweeted that there are no indications that a cyberattack caused the USS John S. McCain to collide with a commercial tanker but said the Navy's review would look at all possibilities.

Mueller probe sends FBI to Manafort's home in predawn raid

Special prosecutor Robert S. Mueller III who is investigating Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election, including possible collusion between Trump campaign team members and Russian operatives.

House intel staff director signed off on staffers' U.K. quest to find Steele

The trip was made without informing either the Republican in charge of the committee's investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election or its ranking Democrat.

Trump signs Russian sanctions bill

The legislation levies harsher sanctions on the country and eliminates the president's ability to lift them unless Congress agrees.

Putin boots 755 U.S. diplomatic staff in retaliation for hacking sanction

A veto-proof majority in Congress last Thursday passed legislation that would levy harsher sanctions on the country and eliminate the president's ability to lift them unless lawmakers give their approval.

Election integrity commission holds first meeting amid privacy, security, suppression concerns

Opponents assailed the commission's current mission, saying that resources instead should be put where they are most needed - to safeguard against cyberattacks by nation-states and modernize voting technology.

State Department reorganization to shutter cyber office, lower priority

The office's coordinator, who currently reports to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, will move down the command chain, Bloomberg reported, citing two sources who wished to remain anonymous.

UPDATE: Trump concerns with election hack met with Putin denial

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who attended the small-group, private meeting, said Trump pressed Putin on the allegations of Russian hacking during the election season.

German intel calls Russia, China, Iran top cyber threats

The report pointed to an abundance of "attacks originating in Russia and China" but noted "other countries whose intelligence services have the necessary resources and capabilities to carry out cyberattacks" such as Iran.

GOP operative on hunt for Clinton emails, indicated link to Flynn

The late Peter W. Smith, who put together an investigative team that included researchers, attorneys and investigators, claimed to have uncovered five hacking groups who allegedly had Clinton's emails.

Israel Cyber Week 2017: cyber beat off 1,000s of 'lone wolf attacks'

In a rare speech, Shin Bet director Nadav Argaman says the security agency he leads regularly uses technology to prevent "lone wolf attacks".

Cash, confusion or cyber-warfare: what really motivated NotPetya attack?

Monetising a global ransomware attack on the scale of NotPetya is all but impossible without getting caught. So if not cold cash, what was the motivation behind it?

UK MoD engaged in cyber-offense as Royal Navy denies sailing on XP

Despite a spate of major ransomware attacks on UK soil, the UK's defence secretary, Michael Fallon, gave a speech at Chatham House's Cyber 2017 conference seeking to highlight how "cyber" is now a big part of everything the Ministry of Defence does.

Grassley, Graham ask Justice, FBI for FISA docs in Russia probe

In a letter to the Justice Department and the FBI, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., said there was "reason to believe" that FISC rejected some FISA applications, which were then modified.

Senators grill intel community on 702 incidental collection

Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, repeatedly asked IC representatives to answer senators' questions regarding the number of Americans incidentally caught up in IC surveillance

Putin had direct hand in election cyber campaign, CIA report

The report, delivered to President Obama in August, revealed that Russian President Vladmir Putin ordered hackers to disrupt the presidential election and help Donald Trump, the Washington Post reported.

BlackTech cyberespionage group linked to several campaigns

The trail of a spate of cyberespionage campaigns have lead Trend Micro researchers to believe to one group dubbed BlackTech.