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Former FBI lawyer under criminal probe for altering doc linked to Page surveillance

A former “low-level” FBI lawyer identified as Kevin Clinesmith reportedly is now a target of a criminal investigation for modifying a document linked to surveillance of Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, after the Justice Department inspector general (IG) reviewed the FBI’s handling of the Russian probe. IG Michael Horowitz, due to hand his report to…

Manfra leaving CISA

Cybersecurity expert Jeanette Manfra will leave her post as assistant director for cybersecurity at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). The Department of Homeland Security veteran, who served three presidents, will exit at the end of the year. Manfra led the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s Cybersecurity Division at a pivotal time,” said Rep. Bennie…

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Senators press federal officials for ISAC funding, national 5G strategy

Key lawmakers in the U.S. Senate today called for increased funding of the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center and Election Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center, while others demanded the development of a national 5G strategy. On Tuesday, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.; Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H.; and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs…

‘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…

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