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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…

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Senate Intel Committee probed Ukraine theory, found no evidence to support

Republican lawmakers like Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., of late may have been pushing the narrative that Ukraine significantly interfered in the 2016 presidential election but a probe by the Senate Intelligence Committee found the widely debunked theory without merit. At one point during its investigation into election meddling and any collusion by either campaign, the…

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CallerSpy spyware: Possibly the first phase of a targeted attack

A new cyberespionage tool called CallerSpy was revealed by Trend Micro, but exactly what the developer’s intentions are for the malware is still unknown. CallerSpy was first spotted in May on the typosquatted website http://gooogle[.]press/ where it was advertised as a chat app called Chatrious. Using the misspelled Google name in the URL appears to…

Law enforcement delivers knockout blow to Imminent Monitor RAT network

International law enforcement officials late last week announced a crackdown on a cybercriminal network responsible for the proliferation of the Imminent Monitor Remote Access Trojan (IM-RAT). The coordinated operation, executed by authorities based in Australia, Europe and Colombia, resulted in the takedown of IM-RAT web page and infrastructure, and the arrest of 13 people. Additionally,…

Sen. Kennedy reverses course, says Russia, not Ukraine hacked DNC

Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., Monday walked back claims he made during an on-air interview that Ukrainians could have been behind the hack of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Clinton campaign during the 2016 presidential election cycle. “I was wrong. The only evidence I have and I think it overwhelming is that it was Russia…

The car hacking talks will cover findings involving controller area networks (CAN) and automobiles.

Cyberattackers taking auto industry for a ride, FBI reportedly warns

Malicious attackers have notably stepped up attacks on the U.S. auto industry since late year, hitting car manufacturers with ransomware, compromising their systems, and exfiltrating their data, the FBI reportedly warned this week. CNN on Wednesday reported that the FBI alert came in the form of a private bulletin sent to a select group of…

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…

APT33 sics small, elusive botnets on U.S. and global targets

Reputed Iranian threat actor APT33 has been employing more than a dozen secret botnets to infiltrate and spy on the networks of various Middle Eastern, U.S. and Asian organizations, and are even setting up their own VPN networks to conceal their operations, according to researchers. Trend Micro described these findings in a blog post this…

Report: Influential manufacturing trade group targeted by Chinese hackers

Chinese hackers this past summer infiltrated and potentially stole information from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), a trade organization and advocacy group that has helped the Trump administration set trade policies with China, Reuters reported this week, citing sources. A cybersecurity firm hired by NAM made the connection to China based on observed tools…

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