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Obama talks cybersecurity legislation in State of the Union

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…

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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…

IG report says FBI justified in starting Russia probe; Barr disagrees

No sooner had Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz released his much-anticipated report on the origins of the Russia probe, finding as expected that the FBI was justified in beginning an investigation of the Trump campaign, than Attorney General William Barr put out a statement publicly disagreeing with the findings. While Horowitz skewered the FBI…

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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Japan joins in NATO cyber exercise

Concern over the cybersecurity threat posed by China helped push Japan to become a full participant in NATO’s recent cybersecurity wargames. Japan had participated in previous Cyber Coalition exercises, but held only observer level status but this year a team of 20 attended in various drills including a hack back scenario, reported the Nikkei Asian…

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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…

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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