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‘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…

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Gates: Stone discussed WikiLeaks DNC email dump with Trump

A day before House impeachment hearings drew President Trump’s Ukraine policies into the spotlight, prosecutors in the Roger Stone trial ended their case with testimony from former Trump Deputy Campaign Manager and convicted felon Rick Gates, who said that Stone served as a liaison between WikiLeaks and the campaign regarding hacked DNC emails, with the…

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…

Roger Stone lied to House Intel Committee, beseeched WikiLeaks for dirt on Clinton, prosecutor says

In the opening day of the trial of Trump adviser Roger Stone, prosecutors said texts, emails and phone calls will show that Stone was in touch with President Trump on the day the Democratic National Committee (DNC) was hacked by Russian operatives. The prosecution also said Stone attempted to procure emails stolen from Democrats and…

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Former Twitter employees charged with using access to spy for Saudi Arabia

A pair of former Twitter employees – one an engineer and the other a media partnership manager – were busted for accessing users’ account and personal data on behalf of Saudi Arabia to ferret out opponents of the kingdom. Engineer Ali Alzabarah and manager Ahmad Abouammo were charged with operating within the U.S. as agents…

Post-Brexit, EU, U.K. must join forces on cybersecurity, top negotiator says

The EU and U.K. must join forces after Brexit to fight cyberthreats, the European Commission’s top Brexit negotiator told attendees at the Web Summit in Lisbon. “Our new partnership should include the exchange of information on cyber incidents, attackers’ techniques, threat analysis and best practice, including when those target the correct functioning of democratic systems,”…

Steyer aide resigns after accessing volunteer data collected by Harris campaign

Presidential candidate Tom Steyer’s campaign said it doesn’t possess the volunteer voter data collected by Sen. Kamala Harris’s campaign that was lifted by Steyer aide Dwane Sims, who accessed the information via an account he had while working with the South Carolina Democratic Party. “We take this matter very seriously, and that is why we…

Feds warn against Hidden Cobra’s Hoplight malware

A consortium of U.S. federal agencies released a notification on Hoplight, a new data collector malware being used by the North Korean cyberespionage group Hidden Cobra (aka Lazuras). The Department of Homeland Security, FBI, and Department of Defense in its malware analysis report on Hoplight noted it obfuscation plays a large role in the malware’s…

Following cyber order from Obama, CISPA is back

Bipartisan bill would have local governments use .gov to strengthen cybersecurity defenses

Aiming to help local governments bolster their cybersecurity posture, a bipartisan quartet of senators have introduced legislation that would mandate the use of the .gov domain for websites and email. The DOTGOV Online Trust in Government Act of 2019 introduced by Senators James Lankford, R-Okla., Gary Peter, D-Mich., Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.,…

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Elijah Cummings aviation covert testing bill, other legislation move through Congress

As lawmakers pay their respects to the late Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., legislation that he authored to improve aviation security, H.R. 3469, the Covert Testing and Risk Mitigation Improvement Act, is moving through the House. On Tuesday, the bill, introduced by the head of the Committee on Oversight and Reform in June, was approved by…

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