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Mueller report details Russian interference in 2016 election, interactions with Trump team, WikiLeaks

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Russian military intelligence apparently successfully penetrated an unnamed Florida county election system and gained “access to the network of at least one Florida county government.” And that’s just one of the findings in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s much-anticipated report released Thursday. In the sprawling 448-page, partially redacted report, Mueller methodically laid out Russia’s efforts to…

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European Commission: No evidence Kaspersky software is malicious

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The European Commission yesterday acknowledged in a public document that it possesses no evidence to support the notion that software from Russia-based Kaspersky Lab software is malicious. The admission comes about 10 months after the European Parliament passed a resolution calling for the European Union to ban dangerous software, naming Kaspersky products as specific example.…

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Five-year cyber espionage campaign targeting Ukraine potentially linked to Luhansk People’s Republic

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Researchers believe hackers from the breakaway Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) may be behind a spear phishing-based malware campaign that’s been actively targeting the Ukrainian government. The researchers, from FireEye, disclosed their assessment following their investigation into a malware-laced email that they were able to tie back to a 2018 phishing campaign designed to to deliver…

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Russia targeted Sanders supporters on Twitter to sway support to Trump

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“Bernie bros” weren’t the only ones who tweeted furiously about Bernie Sanders during the 2016 presidential campaign. Russian trolls on Twitter targeted Sanders supporters in an effort to sway them toward candidate Donald Trump, according to researchers at Clemson University.  Pointing out that the tweets occurred at a “higher volume than people thought,” Darren Linvill,…

U.S. agencies issue report on Hidden Cobra threat group’s HOPLIGHT malware

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and FBI have jointly released an official Malware Analysis Report detailing several variants of HOPLIGHT, a trojan malware program used by hackers from Hidden Cobra, an APT group that’s been widely linked to the North Korean government. Upon execution, HOPLIGHT allows attackers to collect victim machine information, connect to…

Researchers uncover new ‘TajMahal’ APT framework, plus a new Gaza Cybergang malware campaign

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Researchers at Kaspersky Lab today issued a pair of reports, one revealing a newly discovered sophisticated APT framework and the other detailing the recent operations of the threat actor known as Gaza Cybergang Group1. Dubbed TajMahal, the APT framework is a fully loaded malicious toolset, replete with backdoors, loaders, orchestrators, C2 communicators, audio recorders, keyloggers,…

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Report: Israel examines hacker’s claim of voter registry breach

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Israeli authorities are reportedly investigating a hacker’s claims on Twitter that he successfully breached the country’s voter registry in the days leading up to tomorrow’s 2019 legislative election. Nicknamed DarkCoder, the hacker contended in a Saturday tweet that he stole information on 6 million Israeli voters, even posting a picture displaying victims’ names identity numbers…

DHS Secretary Nielsen resigns

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Kirstjen Nielsen, whose background in cybersecurity sparked praise when she was named Department of Homeland (DHS) Secretary, reassigned Sunday. “This afternoon I submitted my resignation to @POTUS and thanked him for the opportunity to serve in his administration. It’s been an honor of a lifetime to serve with the brave men and women of @DHSgov,”…

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Chinese woman arrested with malware-laced thumb drive after illegally entering Mar-a-Lago

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A Chinese national was arrested after she illegally entered President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida March 30 and was found to be carrying a thumb drive containing malware as well as a laptop, a “hard drive type” device and four cell phones.  Yujing Zhang allegedly gained access to the property, claiming to be attending a…

White House overruled security clearance denials, whistleblower says

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The Trump administration compelled security clearances for 25 individuals previously denied by career officials, a whistleblower has told the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. Personnel Security Office Adjudications Manager Tricia Newbold, an 18-year veteran of the office, “informed the Committee that during the Trump Administration, she and other career officials adjudicated denials of dozens…

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