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Facebook sends auditors to Cambridge Analytica; FTC reportedly probing

Facebook said auditor Stroz Friedberg was on-site at the Cambridge Analytica offices in London for an audit but was asked to stand down by the U.K. Information Commissioner's office, which is conducting its own probe.

Stamos reportedly leaving Facebook over transparency regarding Russia's social media activities

Alex Stamos reportedly differed with management on transparency regarding Russian operatives leveraging the its platform to disrupt U.S. democratic processes influence the presidential election.

Probes launched after Facebook boots professor, Cambridge Analytica for harvesting info on 50M Americans without permission

An app developed by Cambridge University professor Aleksandr Kogan called thisisyourdigitallife harvested data for the firm.

Rights groups oppose CLOUD Act, citing privacy, human rights compromises

The act would essentially provide a "backdoor" for law enforcement at home and abroad to access emails, chat logs, videos and photos, without regard to privacy rules.

FBI used Best Buy's Geek Squad as confidential informants, FOIA docs show

Documents released the Electronic Frontier Foundation under a FOIA request "show that Best Buy officials have enjoyed a particularly close relationship" with the FBI for a decade.

Penn. AG sues Uber over breach, delayed notification

Pennsylvania's attorney general is suing Uber for delaying disclosure for more than a year of a breach that exposed the personal information, such as driver's licenses, of 57 million customers and drivers.

Mueller team questions Trump's knowledge of hacked DNC emails

Mueller's team is particularly interested in Trump's call in July 2016 for Russia to find the 30,000 emails missing from opponent Hillary Clinton's private email server.

Sessions taps Justice IG Horowitz to probe alleged FBI FISA abuse, sparking Trump's ire

The president and some GOP lawmakers have contended that investigators abused their surveillance authority when petitioning the FISA court for a surveillance warrant on former Trump adviser Carter Page.

Dem House intel committee memo shows Papadopoulos, not Steele, prompted probe of Trump-Russia links

The memo, a rebuttal to a Republican missive released two weeks before, stressed that the agency did not mislead the FISA court when seeking a surveillance warrant on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

Mass. tax collector breach victims double original estimate

The state revenue department now admits private data, including the names, tax identification numbers and the banking information of the payroll processors of more than 39,000 business taxpayers were compromised.

U.S. intel ponies up $100K to Russian operative for NSA hacking tools hawked by Shadow Brokers

The U.S. government was very interested in getting back the cyberweapons nicked from the NSA and posted online but eventually nixed the deal because they feared being sucked into a Russian effort to cause chaos in the U.S.

Trump nixes declassification of Dem memo rebutting FBI FISA abuse

White House lawyer Don McGahn said the memo contains classified information.

DHS Manfra says Russians successfully penetrated some state election systems

Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson urged states to take action to thwart election hackers.

Vermont state repair bill could leave equipment vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks

The Vermont Fair Repair Act would require equipment makers to share their source code with independent repair technicians.

New York Times asks FISA court to disclose Carter Page surveillance documents

The surveillance of Page by FBI investigators looking into Russia's interference in the U.S. presidential election and possible collusion by members of the Trump campaign team has become a flashpoint in recent weeks.

House committee OKs release of Dem memo refuting Nunes Russian probe FISA abuse claims

After first refusing last week to release the 10-page memo authored by Ranking Member Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the Committee relented and the document's fate now lies with President Trump.

Mulvaney ditches CFPB's Equifax probe

White House Budget Director and acting CFPB head Mick Mulvaney won't be pursuing an extensive investigation into Equifax's security practices after hackers stole data on 145.5 million American consumers.

President declassifies, House committee releases, Nunes memo on alleged FISA abuses

Rep. Devin Nunes, who reportedly did not review the underlying classified information, said the memo exposes serious violations of trust regarding the FBI's surveillance of former Trump adviser Carter Page.

Justice, FBI reviewing Dem rebuttal to Nunes memo alleging FISA abuse

The Committee Democrats don't have plans to read the memo, which the committee voted Monday to block, on the House floor to get its contents into the record, but could release a non-classified version down the line.

House intel committee votes to release Nunes memo on Russia probe over Justice Dept. objections

The committee also voted Monday to block the release of a 10-page memo from committee Democrats that lays out intelligence refuting contentions in the Nunes document.

Data from soldiers' fitness trackers reveal sensitive locations, routines

The data collected by Strava - more than 3 trillion coordinates from more than 27 million users of fitness trackers - was anonymized, but still revealed sensitive locations and activities like the routes walked along the Mexican border by U.S. border patrols.

EC issues GDPR guidance

Virtually every organization will be affected by GDPR and the EC said it wants them all to be prepared.

Global tech firms let Russian defense agency peek into source code to search for flaws

McAfee, Symantec, Micro Focus and SAP all have submitted to the practice, sparking concern at the Pentagon and among lawmakers.

Bell Canada breach exposes names, emails of 100K customers

The company urged customers to change their passwords and their security questions, but assured them that Bell Canada had implemented "additional security authentication and identification requirements" on their accounts.

Florida makes info on 1K Kansas voters public, lawmakers ask DHS to clarify role regarding election integrity commission

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach called the exposed information unfortunate but defended the Crosscheck program.

House chairs mull releasing classified info behind Nunes FISA abuse memo

Democrats have called Nunes's memo nothing more than GOP talking points meant to divert attention away from the merits of Russian investigations being conducted by congressional committees and special counsel Robert Mueller.

FBI lost some texts of agent involved in Russia, Clinton probes

The FBI said "misconfiguration issues related to rollouts, provisioning and software upgrades that conflicted with the FBI collection capabilities" prevented the retention of texts between mid-December 2016 and mid-May 2017.

Omarosa may have tapes of White House meetings

Omarosa Manigault-Newman, who appeared on the first season of President Trump's show The Apprentice, was known for recording meetings in the White House.

Former Fox hosts Twitter accounts hacked, peppered with Turkish propaganda

Van Susteren and Bolling are among the 45 Twitter accounts followed by President Trump.