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U.S. Navy taken to task for cybersecurity flaws

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The U.S. Navy is prepared to face and defeat the nation’s enemies in all physical environments, but is losing an on-going cyberwar with China, according to its own assessment of the situation. A 57-page report compiled by the Navy and delivered by Navy Secretary Richard Spencer, and read and reported on by the Wall Street…

Trump proposed budget cuts will reduce R&D, hurt U.S. competitiveness, innovation

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Among the domestic spending cuts proposed in President Trump’s $4.7 trillion budget are reductions in research and development, including a 12 percent reduction in the National Science Foundation budget, which one tech think tank said could have long-term negative effects on the U.S. economy and innovation. “Public R&D is crucial both for the United States’…

Former NSA Director: Public and private sectors must unite to prevail against advanced cyberattacks

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At a public appearance this week in San Francisco, former NSA Director Mike Rogers called for the public and private sectors to form a united front against cybersecurity threats, noting that corporate and government cultures still “do not understand each other.” The former commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, Admiral Rogers is now an advisory…

House lawmakers mull national data privacy law

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A handful of high-profile privacy breaches – including the Facebook -Cambridge Analytica scandal – has galvanized Congress to craft a national data privacy law, akin to the U.K.’s GDPR, but lawmakers and proponents at a House committee hearing Tuesday differed on what that legislation should include, enforcement authority and how it would work in accordance with…

DNC issues cybersecurity guidance for 2020 election

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Stung by Russian hackers intent on swaying the 2016 presidential election, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) has put considerable resources into shoring up cybersecurity and on Friday releases a checklistmeant to secure campaign and candidate devices. “The checklist is exactly that: a list of steps you can complete and then check off,” DNC CSO Bob…

Huawei responds to allegations of NSA hacking

U.K. officials concerned over Huawei’s presence

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U.K. cybersecurity.officials are concerned that Huawei has still not patched issues with its.routers leaving networks open to compromise.  Ian Levy, technical director of Britain’s National Cyber Security Center, told The Washington Post that there are “worrying engineering issues” that have not been addressed by the company. Huawei was raised as the U.K. is in the…

Search warrants in Russian hackers case reveal interaction between Stone, WikiLeaks

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Search warrants executed in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian hackers have unearthed interactions between recently indicted Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone and WikiLeaks, which leaked emails stolen from the DemocraticNational Committee (DNC) and other Democratic-related organizations and operatives, according to a Friday court filing. Mueller told the court that Stone’s case is related…

Former Cambridge Analytica exec cooperating with Mueller probe

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A former Cambridge Analytica executive is cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives. A spokesperson for the data analytics firm’s former business development director, Brittany Kaiser, said she was subpoenaed by Mueller, according to a report in the Guardian, and was also assisting in ongoing Congressional investigations. “This…

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