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FEC ruling allows political campaign to accept discounted services from security firms

Political campaigns can accept low-cost help from private cybersecurity firms to protect campaigns in the 2020 election cycle, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) ruled Thursday. The commission, which viewed the discounted services as an in kind donation under current rules, had indicated it would reject the initiative but changed course. Because Area 1 Security, the…

DHS election lead warns state secretaries of phishing threat leading up to 2020

A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official warned a Santa Fe, N.M., gathering of secretaries of state to beware of phishing attempts that might target their state and local election systems and workers. “We know that phishing is how a significant number of state and local government networks become exploited,” an ABC News report cited…

Canadian intelligence agencies warn of election tampering

The Canadian Communications Security Establishment (CSE) is warning that nation’s elected officials of attempts by foreign actors to influence the country’s upcoming October 21 election, according to published reports. The CSE, Canada’s primary cyber defense agency, has briefed staffers of at least one political party of overt and covert attempts to influence the election, The…

GOP senators nix vote on Election Security Act, similar bills wend their way through Congress

Republicans in the Senate rebuffed an attempt by presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., ranking member of the Senate Rules Committee, to bring the Election Security Act to a vote Tuesday. “We know there’s a continued threat against our democracy. What we need to do now is address these facts with a common purpose, to…

Mueller will testify publicly before House Intelligence, Judiciary Committees after subpoenas

Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller will testify publicly about his recently completed Russia probe on July 17 after receiving subpoenas from the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees. Mueller, who said during his only public appearance regarding his much-anticipated report last May that he didn’t want to testify before Congress, will face questions from both committees…

U.S. launched cyberattacks on Iranian intel targets, report

President Trump may have pulled back at the 11th hour from airstrikes on Iranian radar and military targets, but U.S. Cyber Command did hit cyber targets within the Iranian intelligence apparatus last week. The U.S. cyberattacks, okayed by the president, hit systems within the Iranian intel network, the Wall Street Journal reported, and came as…

Maryland governor goes on a cybersecurity rampage

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed an executive order designed to bolster the state’s cyber defenses in light of the devastating ransomware attack that recently struck Baltimore by creating several new cybersecurity departments and positions. The executive order creates the Maryland Cyber Defense Initiative which will manage the state’s ability to handle any consequences of a…

Report: Iran claims to have thwarted a U.S. cyberespionage operation

Iran is reportedly claiming that it successfully uprooted a CIA-led cyberespionage operation and arrested several U.S. spies in the process. “One of the most complicated CIA cyberespionage networks that had an important role in the CIA’s operations in different countries was exposed by the Iranian intelligence agencies a while ago and was dismantled,” said Ali…

U.S. defense, intel ramp up efforts to insert malware in Russia’s grid

After Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election, U.S. military and intelligence ramped up a secret program that inserted malware into the nation-state’s power grid, but didn’t brief President Trump over concerns that he might shutter the program or leak information about it to foreign governments, according to a new report. The effort “has gotten…

"Aaron's Law," to amend the CFAA, introduced in Congress

U.S. House passes bill that would require DHS to maintain cyber hunt, IR teams

The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday passed its own version of the DHS Cyber Incident Response Teams Act of 2019, which would require the Department of Homeland Security to permanently maintain cyber hunt and incident response teams that help prevent and mitigate attacks on federal agencies and the private sector. Designated H.R.1158, the bill serves…

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