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Schiff rebuffs calls to resign, recounts evidence of Trump team coordination with Russian operatives


Nearly a week after Special Counsel Robert Mueller turned in his report on the Russian probe and amid calls for Rep. Adam Schiff to resign as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, the committee’s first hearing got off to a fiery start with Schiff reasserting his belief that members of the Trump campaign had inappropriate…

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Mueller finds no coordination with Russia in election hack, influence campaign; leaves obstruction decision to Barr


Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report says members of the Trump campaign, including the president, did not coordinate with the Russian government in efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, according to a summary of the report from Attorney General William Barr. Mueller did not find that “anyone in the Trump campaign, or anyone associated…

FTC chairwoman warns of IoT security and privacy risks

FEMA shared personal data on more than 2M disaster survivors


A “major privacy breach” at Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) shared information with a contractor – including banking details – on more than two million Americans who were victims of disaster, according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of the Inspector General.  FEMA overshared the personal information on survivors of three hurricanes –…

Kushner used WhatsApp, personal email for gov’t biz; McFarland used AOL to discuss Saudi Arabia nuclear transfer


First son-in-law Jared Kushner, whose security clearance is currently under probe by lawmakers, “continues to use” WhatsApp and his personal email to conduct government business, and former Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland used her AOL account to do the same, even discussing the transfer of “sensitive U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia,” according to…

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Authorities had OK to use Broidy’s hands, face to unlock phones confiscated in raid


Federal agents raiding the offices of former Republican National Committee (RNC) Deputy Finance Chair Elliot Broidy last year looking for details on his dealings with a number of people, including “Trump administration associates,” were authorized to use the fundraiser’s hands and face to unlock phones whose contents were protected by fingerprints or facial scans, a…

Beto O’Rourke was teen hacker in Cult of the Dead Cow


Democrat Beto O’Rourke, who just raked in $6.1 million in campaign donations in the first 24 hours after kicking off his presidential bid, as a teenager was a member of the Cult of the Dead Cow, an old (relatively speaking) and well-known hacking group, whose activities compelled Microsoft to boost the security of Windows. There’s…

Gates still helping with ongoing probes, Mueller asks for sentencing delay


Former Trump deputy campaign manager Rick Gates continues to aid Special Counsel Robert Mueller in “several ongoing investigations,” according to a Friday court filing asserting that Gates isn’t ready for sentencing just yet. While some pundits have speculated that Mueller is wrapping up his probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether…

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HHS operating divisions must improve security controls: OIG report


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services must improve network security controls at its eight operating divisions (OPDIVs) and fix a series of vulnerabilities discovered during an audit, according to a summary report issued earlier this month by the Office of Inspector General (OIS). The audit, conducted back in 2016 and 2017 by a…

Study supports Steele dossier assertion that Russian hackers conducted operations against Dem leadership


A detailed report by a former FBI cybersecurity expert lends credence to claims in the controversial Steele dossier that Russian hackers used a tech firm’s networks to infiltrate and make incursions into the Democratic Party organizations in an effort to influence the 2016 presidential election. The dossier, put amassed as oppositional research on then-candidate Donald…

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