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Mueller may reveal collusion, obstruction findings in Trump probe after November midterms

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller appears poised to reveal whether his probe found collusion between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia and whether Trump committed obstruction of justice for his actions after assuming the presidency in 2017. Mueller will disclose his findings, at least to his boss, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, after the November midterm elections,…

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Twitter releases 10M tweets, reveals decade of foreign influence, including Russia’s efforts during 2016 election

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A dataset of more than 10 million Tweets released by Twitter Wednesday included a detailed picture of Russia’s attempt to influence voters away from Hillary Clinton and, eventually, toward Donald Trump. “Our initial disclosures cover two previously disclosed campaigns, and include information from 3,841 accounts believed to be connected to the Russian Internet Research Agency,…

DonaldDaters.com exposes details on Trump singles

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DonaldDaters.com, a dating website for Donald Trump supporters, might want to consider changing its tagline from Make Dating Great Again to Make My Data Safe Again after a security researcher found the app exposed user information. Lonely heart Trump supporters may believe that some on the Left have thwarted their quest for romance to choosing…

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Facebook says fewer users affected by data breach

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A Facebook executive Friday said the company has “not ruled out the possibility of smaller, lower level access attempts during the time of the exposure,” but downgraded the number of users whose access tokens were stolen during the breach from 50 million to 30 million. The attackers, who “already controlled a set of accounts, which…

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FitMetrix data exposed on unprotected Elasticsearch servers

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A trio of unprotected Elasticsearch servers hosted by Amazon Web Service (AWS) left 113.5 million records of fitness tracking company FitMetrix customers exposed, according to the security researcher who discovered the databases. The company, which creates software for the likes of SoulCycle and CrossFit, was acquired in February by wellness technology vendor Mindbody, failed to…

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Gates sought proposals from Israeli firm on creating fake online identities to influence 2016 voters

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Former Trump Campaign Deputy Chairman Rick Gates sought proposals from an Israeli company on how to build online fake identities and influence voters on social media to aid the campaign. The company, Psy-Group, was also asked for a pitch on how to gather intelligence on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her associates, the New…

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Facebook testing location history feature on Instagram

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Facebook is testing a new tracking location feature on Instagram that would allow Facebook to build up a user’s location history from data collected on a user’s phone. It’s possible this feature could upset users who want to limit Facebook’s surveillance in their lives as some users have feared Instagram may be exploited to squeeze…

Apple issues seven updates, fixes more than 40 vulnerabilities in iOS 8, OS 10.9.5

Apple, Amazon deny servers affected by China microchip plot

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After reports that China’s People Liberation Army (PLA) slipped microchips into Supermicro motherboards, creating a backdoor that could be used by hackers to obtain information stored on servers around the globe, both Apple and Amazon deny that their servers were affected. “On this we can be very clear: Apple has never found malicious chips, ‘hardware…

China inserts microchips into motherboards used by Apple, CIA, Amazon

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A microchip planted by China on Supermicro motherboards used by organizations, including the CIA, the U.S. military, Amazon and Apple, left sensitive information vulnerable to hacking and underscores the importance of locking down the security of the supply chain whose vast tentacles reach out to touch organizations around the globe. “It’s the equivalent of the…

State agencies would be banned from helping warrantless snooping.

Democratic congressional intern arrested for doxing GOP senators during Kavanaugh hearing

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The United States Capitol Police arrested a 27-year-old former Democratic congressional intern for doxxing at least one U.S. senator during recent testimony by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who had accused him of sexual assault while the two were teenagers. Jackson A. Cosko, who last worked for Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee,…

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