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Huawei responds to allegations of NSA hacking

U.K. officials concerned over Huawei’s presence


U.K. cybersecurity.officials are concerned that Huawei has still not patched issues with its.routers leaving networks open to compromise.  Ian Levy, technical director of Britain’s National Cyber Security Center, told The Washington Post that there are “worrying engineering issues” that have not been addressed by the company. Huawei was raised as the U.K. is in the…

Search warrants in Russian hackers case reveal interaction between Stone, WikiLeaks


Search warrants executed in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian hackers have unearthed interactions between recently indicted Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone and WikiLeaks, which leaked emails stolen from the DemocraticNational Committee (DNC) and other Democratic-related organizations and operatives, according to a Friday court filing. Mueller told the court that Stone’s case is related…

Former Cambridge Analytica exec cooperating with Mueller probe


A former Cambridge Analytica executive is cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives. A spokesperson for the data analytics firm’s former business development director, Brittany Kaiser, said she was subpoenaed by Mueller, according to a report in the Guardian, and was also assisting in ongoing Congressional investigations. “This…

DOJ campaign aims to destroy Joanap botnet


The Department of Justice is attempting to disrupt the North Korean operated Joanap botnet by creating a roadmap of computers infected with the malware and then notifying those affected to the infected computer can be removed from the botnet. To try and defeat the Joanap botnet a court order was requested and received allowing the…

election hacking

Facebook readying for upcoming election cycles


Facebook launched a public relations campaign centered on ensuring its users the social media giant has upped its game when it comes to protecting election integrity in the U.S., EU and around the world. Facebook’s Katie Harbath, global politics and government outreach director, Samidh Chakrabarti, director of product management, civic engagement and Anika Geisel, public…

DHS issues emergency directive to protect federal domains from DNS hijacking campaign


The Department of Homeland Security’s newly created Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued its first-ever emergency directive on Tuesday, instructing federal government agencies to take preventative measures against an ongoing DNS hijacking campaign that has recently affected several executive branch domains. Cisco Systems’ Talos research unit first reported on the DNS infrastructure tampering in November…

WikiLeaks requests information on staffers search warrant data requests

Stone indicted for lying about interactions with WikiLeaks, obstruction, witness tampering


President Trump’s colleague and former campaign adviser Roger Stone was indicted by a grand jury in Washington convened by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on seven counts, including making false statements about his interactions with WikiLeaks regarding its release during the 2016 presidential campaign of emails stolen from the DNC and Hillary Clinton Campaign Chairman John…

ACLU demands Justice Dept. reveal facial recognition tech use


The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and ACLU of Massachusetts are demanding the Justice Department reveal how the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies are using facial recognition technology. The rights organization has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to compel the department about the use of the technology “and what safeguards,…

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