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Midterm election hacking incidents lacking, typosquatting tops the list

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The U.S. midterm election has passed without any disruptive cybersecurity incidents, but researchers at Bitdefender found some evidence of influence campaigns appearing and cybercriminals using election keywords for money-making scams. Bitdefender found four areas of concern. On the political side, it came across typosquatted domains registered by hackers to spread misinformation, particularly in Texas, or…

Huawei responds to allegations of NSA hacking

China cyberespionage efforts increase following Trump presidency after brief pause

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China has accelerated its cyberespionage efforts after a hiatus that began in 2015 when then President Obama struck an agreement to end China’s practice of cyberespionage attacks against American firms, military contractors and government agencies to steal designs, technology and corporate secrets, usually on behalf of China’s state-owned firm. Officials debate the cause for the…

DHS algorithm to assess federal agencies’ cyber posture

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Federal agencies are reportedly feeding data into a special algorithm introduced by the  Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in order to assess their cyber posture scores. This Agency-Wide Adaptive Risk Enumeration (AWARE) algorithm should go into full production by fiscal year 2020, news outlet GCN reported yesterday, citing a public presentation yesterday by DHS Continuous…

Manafort reportedly visited Assange three times at Ecuadorian embassy

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WikiLeaks and former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort denied reports that Manafort met with the site’s founder Julian Assange several times after he sought asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, the most recent just a few months before WikiLeaks began publishing emails pilfered from the DNC by Russian operatives and intended to sway the…

Huawei responds to allegations of NSA hacking

U.S. reportedly asks allies to nix Huawei

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The U.S. government reportedly has asked its allies to not use equipment from the Chinese firm Huawei Technologies. The intelligence community has grown increasingly concerned over the security of Huawei products, prompting the government to ask ISPs and telecom companies in other countries, particularly those where the U.S. has military bases, to spurn them, according…

Comey, Lynch subpoenaed by House Judiciary

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Former FBI Director James Comey said he would be glad to honor a subpoena from the House Judiciary Committee presumably about his handling of a probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server,  if his testimony is public. “Happy Thanksgiving. Got a subpoena from House Republicans. I’m still happy to sit in the…

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Trump wanted Comey, Clinton investigated, reports say

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On the heels of President Trump submitting written answers to questions posed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who’s investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, and amid speculation that Trump associates are likely to be indicted soon for coordinating the release of stolen DNC emails with WikiLeaks, new reports say that Trump wanted the…

Ivanka Trump used private email for gov’t business

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Although Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server was the centerpiece of President Trump’s 2016 campaign and inspired the rallying cry “Lock her up,” his daughter Ivanka reportedly has said she didn’t understand the rules around email use after it was discovered that she used her personal email to conduct official government business.  Ivanka…

Federal agencies fall short on data breaches, GAO report says

GSA looks to issue new rules for gov’t contractor data breach reporting

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The General Services Administration (GSA) has issued a proposal for new guidelines on data breaches disclosure that government contractors must follow and give the government access to their system in the event of a breach. The GSA proposal will amend the General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) requiring contractors to report any cyber incidents that…

Pennsylvania police warn an app may have been hacked to send fake speeding tickets.

DEA and ICE using surveillance cameras hidden in streetlights

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In a move that could stir up visions of an Orwellian-style government surveillance state, recently published government procurement data revealed the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have purchased an undisclosed number of covert surveillance cameras hidden inside streetlights to place around the country. Its unclear where or when either agency…

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