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Super Tuesday prompts election security vigilance, government warning

The biggest story on Super Tuesday might not be whether former Vice President Joe Biden; Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; or Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., pick up the most delegates, but rather if polling stations or election-related entities have to fend off any hinky cybersecurity activity, tech problems or disinformation campaigns. Recent contentions that Russia has continued…

Election integrity preserved in fictitious city of Adversaria during Operation Blackout tabletop exercise

On a sunny day last week during RSA 2020, a group of journalists huddled in a vault in the San Francisco Mint, plotting to wreak havoc and sow doubt on Election Day in the fictitious city of Adversaria. Despite taking over traffic cameras, the governor’s Facebook account, the mayor’s Twitter account, plotting cyberattacks, developing deepfakes…

Following cyber order from Obama, CISPA is back

Trump again nominates Ratcliffe for DNI post

In a curious deja vu, President Trump is nominating Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, as director of National intelligence (DNI), although Ratcliffe was widely panned as unqualified when Trump floated him as a replacement for Dan Coats last summer, prompting the president to withdraw his name. Ratcliffe, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, had prompted bipartisan…

DISA breach likely exposed personal data on at least 200K

The breach at one of the networks of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), which secures communications for President Trump and military intelligence and other government officials, affected as many as 200,000 people, exposing their personal information, including Social Security numbers. In a Feb. 11 letter to potential victims, DISA offered few details of the…

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Trump berated Maguire after lawmakers were briefed on Russia’s active interference in 2020 election

In an echo of 2016, the intelligence community reportedly has warned lawmakers that Russia is trying to influence the 2020 election in a briefing that drew the ire of President Trump and may have prompted the ouster of acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Joseph Maguire. Trump, still peeved by IC reports that Russia hacked…

Sentencing begins for four LulzSec members in London

Stone gets 40 months and a rebuke from judge for lying to Congress

A federal judge who became a Twitter target for President Trump staunchly defended the prosecutors’ handling of Roger Stone’s case and had harsh words for what she saw as the president’s attempts to influence sentencing as she handed down a 40-month prison sentence and $20,000 fine for the long-time Trump confidante and former campaign adviser.…

Senate Intelligence Committee approves cyber security bill

Trump names Grenell as acting DNI

President Trump’s appointment of U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell as acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) drew immediate criticism that the president was more interested in installing a loyalist than a candidate with deep experience in the intelligence community. “It appears the President has selected an individual *without any intelligence experience* to serve as the…

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Trump offered Assange pardon to deny Russia behind DNC hack, lawyer tells court

The White House denied a claim made by WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Wednesday in a London court that President Trump offered Assange a pardon – via a U.S. lawmaker – in exchange for denying that Russia was involved in the 2016 hack of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Attorney Edward Fitzgerald, referring to comments from…

Huawei responds to allegations of NSA hacking

Justice Dept. expands Huawei indictment, charging 5G espionage

The U.S. government expanded its year-old lawsuit against Chinese tech firm Huawei, alleging the company conducted cyber espionage on six American competitors in an attempt to steal trade secrets to gain an unfair advantage. Filed in the federal court’s Southern District in Brooklyn, the indictment charges that Huawei’s activities violated racketeering laws by illegally gaining…

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