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King slips legislation protecting grid from cyberattacks into 2020 Defense Authorization Bill

Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, tucked legislation to protect the U.S. energy grid from cyberattacks into the finalized 2020 Defense Authorization Bill. The Securing Energy Infrastructure Act, which King introduced with Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, aims to safeguard the grid by facilitating partnerships with private industry through engineering to eliminate vulnerabilities that allow hackers access via…

Unsecured storage bucket exposes applications for birth certificate copies

A leaky Amazon Web Services storage bucket has exposed more than 752,000 applications requesting copies of birth certificates. A report yesterday by TechCrunch said the unsecured data set dates back to late 2017, but was just recently discovered by U.K.-based penetration testing company Fidus Information Security. The data is managed by a company that helps…

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Devin Nunes’ cow Twitter account owner should remain anonymous, ACLU says

The person behind the “Devin Nunes’ cow” Twitter account should remain anonymous, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) asserted in a friend-of-the-court brief filed in response to a defamation lawsuit brought by Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. While Nunes has offered no evidence that the parody account had posted false statements, the California lawmaker, who as…

Barr said to dispute Justice IG’s finding that FBI had legal basis for Trump campaign probe

Attorney William Barr reportedly has signaled that he’ll dispute the apparent finding in the much-anticipated Justice Department Inspector General (IG) report that in the summer of 2016 the FBI had enough evidence to pursue an investigation into Trump campaign members’ ties to and possible coordination with Russian operatives. IG Michael Horowitz is expected to conclude…

Hill warns lawmakers not to spread Ukraine election interference narrative pushed by Russia

Just a day after the Trump administration’s former top Russian expert testifying in an impeachment hearing took GOP lawmakers to task for spreading “a fictional narrative” about Ukraine meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a new report revealed that senators and their aides recently were told by U.S. intelligence officials that the tale was…

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Former FBI lawyer under criminal probe for altering doc linked to Page surveillance

A former “low-level” FBI lawyer identified as Kevin Clinesmith reportedly is now a target of a criminal investigation for modifying a document linked to surveillance of Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, after the Justice Department inspector general (IG) reviewed the FBI’s handling of the Russian probe. IG Michael Horowitz, due to hand his report to…

Manfra leaving CISA

Cybersecurity expert Jeanette Manfra will leave her post as assistant director for cybersecurity at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). The Department of Homeland Security veteran, who served three presidents, will exit at the end of the year. Manfra led the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s Cybersecurity Division at a pivotal time,” said Rep. Bennie…

USA Freedom Act foiled by Senate Republicans

Senators press federal officials for ISAC funding, national 5G strategy

Key lawmakers in the U.S. Senate today called for increased funding of the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center and Election Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center, while others demanded the development of a national 5G strategy. On Tuesday, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.; Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H.; and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs…

‘Kardashian jokes and then a really racist tweet’: How Russian social media trolls suckered in Americans

Camille Francois remembers the day she learned that the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence was granting her the extraordinary opportunity to research the extent of Russia’s influence operations during 2016 presidential election campaign. SC Podcast “Our CEO [John Kelly]… said, ‘Hey Cam, what would you say if we had access to the actual data…

Aventura Technologies sold Chinese-made security gear with bugs to gov’t, feds say

Commack, N.Y.-based Aventura Technologies and seven of its current and former employers – including founder Jack Cabasso were charged in Brooklyn federal court today for defrauding customers. Authorities claim the company, which counts the U.S. federal government among its customers, sold surveillance and security equipment manufactured in China even while claiming the devices were made…

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