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  • Wasserman Schultz to allow laptop scan after months of stonewalling in IT probe

    07/24/2017 9:35:17 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 40 replies
    FoxNews ^ | July 19, 2017 | Joseph Weber
    The former head of the Democratic Party who lost her post in the fallout from a massive email breach is expected to start cooperating with federal investigators in a separate cybersecurity case, after months of apparent stonewalling.  Fox News has learned that Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz plans to allow federal investigators to scan a laptop belonging to her as part of a complex probe into allegations of computer theft, over-billing and possible email hacking.  U.S. Capitol Police have had the laptop for months and until now had been unable to get access. It's unclear why the Florida lawmaker and ousted...
  • EXCLUSIVE: FBI Seized Smashed Hard Drives From Wasserman Schultz IT Aide’s Home

    07/24/2017 5:37:38 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 32 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7-24-17 | Luke Roziak
    FBI agents seized smashed computer hard drives from the home of Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s information technology (IT) administrator, according to an individual who was interviewed by Bureau investigators in the case and a high level congressional source. Pakistani-born Imran Awan, long-time right-hand IT aide to the former Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman, has since desperately tried to get the hard drives back, the individual told The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group. The congressional source, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the probe, confirmed that the FBI has joined what Politico previously described...
  • Trump voter-fraud panel’s data request a gold mine for hackers, experts warn (NOW they care)

    07/01/2017 12:22:57 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 16 replies
    Pollutico ^ | July 1, 2017 | ERIC GELLER and CORY BENNETT
    Cybersecurity specialists are warning that President Donald Trump’s voter-fraud commission may unintentionally expose voter data to even more hacking and digital manipulation. Their concerns stem from a letter the commission sent to every state this week, asking for full voter rolls and vowing to make the information “available to the public.” The requested information includes full names, addresses, birth dates, political party and, most notably, the last four digits of Social Security numbers. The commission is also seeking data such as voter history, felony convictions and military service records. Digital security experts say the commission’s request would centralize and lay...
  • Former IT staffer at Camp David starts cyber security business in Central Pa.

    06/30/2017 8:24:59 AM PDT · by Gennie · 3 replies
    Central Penn Business Journal ^ | June 26, 2017 | Nicole Chynoweth
    A Google search for cyber crime images yields hundreds of takes on roughly the same visual: a person in a black, hooded sweatshirt lurking behind a computer screen. But if you talk to Jason McNew about how best to describe the web users committing such crimes, you'll hear a different answer. "The perpetrators of these crimes know exactly what they're doing," he said. "They are well-educated, well-funded and organized. This problem is organized crime. They're college graduates. They operate out of jurisdictions where they know American law enforcement can't get them."
  • Cyberattack forces West Virginia Hospital to scrap its computer systems.

    06/30/2017 5:02:13 AM PDT · by gattaca · 34 replies
    Fox Business News ^ | June 29, 2017 | Melanie Evans
    Princeton Community Hospital in rural West Virginia will scrap and replace its entire computer network after being struck by the cyberattack paralyzing computers globally. The cyberattack, known as Petya, froze the hospital's electronic medical record system early Tuesday, leaving doctors unable to review patients' medical history or transmit laboratory and pharmacy orders, said Rose Morgan, the hospital's vice president of patient care services. Officials were unable to restore services, and found there was no way to pay a ransom for the return of their system. So, after consulting with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and cybersecurity experts, officials made the...
  • New Cyberattack Goes Global, Hits WPP, Rosneft, Maersk

    06/28/2017 3:01:27 PM PDT · by Hostage · 10 replies
    Bloomberg ^ | June 27, 2017 | Giles Turner, Volodymyr Verbyany, Stepan Kravchenko
    Virus attacks worst in Russia, Ukraine; spreads to U.S. Petya virus is similar to WannaCry; demands $300 ransom Kellermann Calls Petya Virus 'Full-Fledged Forest Fire' Massive Cyberattack Hits More Than 200,000 Companies A new cyberattack similar to WannaCry is spreading from Europe to the U.S. and South America, hitting port operators in New York, Rotterdam and Argentina, disrupting government systems in Kiev, and disabling operations at companies including Rosneft PJSC, advertiser WPP Plc. and the Chernobyl nuclear facility. More than 80 companies in Russia and Ukraine were initially affected by the Petya virus that disabled computers Tuesday and told users...
  • SECURITY: Nuclear breach opens new chapter in cyber struggle

    06/28/2017 7:44:12 AM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 12 replies
    E&E News ^ | 06/27/2017 | Blake Sobczak and Peter Behr
    SECURITY: Nuclear breach opens new chapter in cyber struggle  https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060056628 SECURITY Nuclear breach opens new chapter in cyber struggle Blake Sobczak and Peter Behr, E&E News reporters Energywire:  Tuesday, June 27, 2017 Electricity-sector officials have confirmed an investigation by U.S. authorities into a cyber event targeting U.S. nuclear facilities this year. Graphic: Claudine Hellmuth/E&E News; Photo: Pixabay. U.S. authorities are investigating a cyber intrusion affecting multiple nuclear power generation sites this year, E&E News has learned. There is no evidence that the nuclear energy industry's highly regulated safety systems were compromised. But any cybersecurity breach — targeted or not —...
  • New Cyberattack Spreads in Europe, Russia and U.S.

    06/27/2017 12:19:37 PM PDT · by Innovative · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 27, 2017 | MARK SCOTT and NICOLE PERLROTH
    Computer systems from Russia to the United States were struck on Tuesday in an international cyberattack that bore similarities to a recent assault that crippled tens of thousands of machines worldwide. As reports of the attack spread quickly, the Ukrainian government said that several of its ministries, radiation monitoring at the Chernobyl nuclear facility, local banks and metro systems had been affected. A number of companies — including the Danish shipping giant Maersk; Rosneft, the Russian energy giant; Saint-Gobain, the French construction materials company; and WPP, the British advertising agency — also said they had been targeted.
  • Merck is the target of a massive hack [wanna cry]

    06/27/2017 10:10:12 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 6-26-17 | Chris Mondics
    Merck & Co. the global pharmaceutical firm with extensive operations in the Philadelphia area, said this morning its computer networks had been the target of a massive hack.
  • Another Massive Ransomware Outbreak Is Going Global Fast

    06/27/2017 7:35:05 AM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 89 replies
    Forbes ^ | 06/27/2017 | Thomas Fox-Brewster
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2017/06/27/ransomware-spreads-rapidly-hitting-power-companies-banks-airlines-metro/#17b076ce7abd Another Massive Ransomware Outbreak Is Going Global Fast Security #​CyberSecurity Jun 27, 2017 @ 09:44 AM Another Massive Ransomware Outbreak Is Going Global Fast Thomas Fox-Brewster, Forbes Staff Ransomware is causing severe problems for major critical infrastructure providers today. Ukraine's government, National Bank and biggest power companies all warned of cyberattacks Tuesday. Airports and metro services in the country were also reportedly affected, though it appears they're victims of another massive ransomware outbreak that's spreading across the world fast and hitting a significant number of critical infrastructure providers.
  • New Homeland Security Records Reveal Top Officials Were Exempted from Strict Ban Placed on Web-...

    06/16/2016 2:03:44 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | June 16, 2016
    Full title: New Homeland Security Records Reveal Top Officials Were Exempted from Strict Ban Placed on Web-Based Personal Email Accounts Despite Heightened Security Concerns Jeh Johnson granted special waiver on first day of official ban. Practice Continued Even After Clinton Email Revelations. (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today announced it obtained 693 pages of Department of Homeland Security records revealing that Secretary Jeh Johnson and 28 other agency officials used government computers to access personal web-based email accounts despite an agency-wide ban due to heightened security concerns. The documents also reveal that Homeland Security officials misled Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA)...
  • Personal details of nearly 200 million US citizens exposed

    06/19/2017 1:49:25 PM PDT · by ItsOnlyDaryl · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | 6.19.17
    Sensitive personal details relating to almost 200 million US citizens have been accidentally exposed by a marketing firm contracted by the Republican National Committee. The 1.1 terabytes of data includes birthdates, home addresses, telephone numbers and political views of nearly 62% of the entire US population. The data was available on a publicly accessible Amazon cloud server. Anyone could access the data as long as they had a link to it.
  • A Muslim Brotherhood Security Breach in Congress

    02/07/2017 11:22:58 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 82 replies
    FrontPage ^ | February 8, 2017 | By Daniel Greenfield
    Last year, eight members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence issued a demand that their staffers be granted access to top secret classified information. The signatories to the letter were Andre Carson, Luis Guiterez, Jim Himes, Terri Sewell, Jackie Speier, Mike Quigley, Eric Swalwell and Patrick Murphy. All the signatories were Democrats. Some had a history of attempting to undermine national security. Two of them have been linked to an emerging security breach. The office of Andre Carson, the second Muslim in Congress, had employed Imran Awan. As did the offices of Jackie Speier and Debbie Wasserman Schultz;...
  • Chipotle says hackers stole payment card info in data breach

    05/26/2017 4:28:32 PM PDT · by Enchante · 12 replies
    Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. said on Friday hackers used malware to steal customers’ card data, including account number, expiration date and internal verification codes, from payment systems at some of its restaurants over a span of three weeks.... ... The information could be used to drain bank accounts, if a debit card was used, or to make credit card purchases, said Paul Stephens, director of policy and advocacy at the nonprofit Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.
  • Wasserman Schultz Threatened Police Chief For Gathering Evidence On Her IT Staffer’s Alleged Crimes

    05/24/2017 10:32:05 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 29 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | May 24, 2017 | Luke Rosiak
    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz threatened the chief of the U.S. Capitol Police with “consequences” for holding equipment that she says belongs to her in order to build a criminal case against a Pakistani staffer suspected of massive cybersecurity breaches involving funneling sensitive congressional data offsite. The Florida lawmaker used her position on the committee that sets the police force’s budget to press its chief to relinquish the piece of evidence Thursday, in what could be considered using her authority to attempt to interfere with a criminal investigation. In a highly unusual exchange, the Florida lawmaker uses a hearing on the...
  • Presidential Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical...

    05/12/2017 11:26:50 AM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 14 replies
    THE WHITE HOUSE ^ | For Immediate Release May 11, 2017 | THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary
    Presidential Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure | whitehouse.gov https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/05/11/presidential-executive-order-strengthening-cybersecurity-federal The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release May 11, 2017 Presidential Executive Order on Strengthening the Presidential Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure | whitehouse.gov EXECUTIVE ORDER - - - - - - - STRENGTHENING THE CYBERSECURITY OF FEDERAL NETWORKS AND CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and to protect American innovation and values, it is hereby ordered...
  • US Officials Are Warning About A Russian Cybersecurity Company's US Government Ties - KASPERSKY LAB

    05/11/2017 1:30:35 PM PDT · by muleskinner · 24 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 5-08-2017 | Ali Watkins Sheera Frankel
    Kaspersky has denied links to the Russian government, but US officials are raising doubts.
  • NYU Accidentally Exposed Military Code-breaking Computer Project to Entire Internet

    05/11/2017 2:57:36 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    theintercept.com ^ | May 11 2017, 9:57 a.m. | Sam Biddle
    In early December 2016, Adam was doing what he’s always doing, somewhere between hobby and profession: looking for things that are on the internet that shouldn’t be. That week, he came across a server inside New York University’s famed Institute for Mathematics and Advanced Supercomputing, headed by the brilliant Chudnovsky brothers, David and Gregory. The server appeared to be an internet-connected backup drive. But instead of being filled with family photos and spreadsheets, this drive held confidential information on an advanced code-breaking machine that had never before been described in public. Dozens of documents spanning hundreds of pages detailed the...
  • Obama pardons [Ret. Gen.] James Cartwright in leak case

    01/17/2017 2:21:41 PM PST · by GIdget2004 · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/17/2017 | Katie Bo Williams
    President Obama on Tuesday pardoned retired Gen. James Cartwright, the former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff accused of lying to the FBI about his conversations with reporters regarding U.S. efforts to cripple Iran's nuclear program. Cartwright pleaded guilty in October to one felony count of making false statements during the FBI's investigation into leaks about the government's role in a highly classified operation known as Operation Olympic Games. The clandestine effort -- untaken with Israel -- deployed a computer virus known as Stuxnet that destroyed Iranian centrifuges. New York Times journalist David Sanger exposed the operation in...
  • Ex-commander: Nukes on high alert are vulnerable to error

    04/30/2015 11:39:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 30, 2015 3:36 AM EDT | Robert Burns
    A former commander of U.S. nuclear forces is leading a call for taking U.S. and Russian nuclear missiles off high alert, arguing that keeping them less ready for prompt launch would reduce the risk of miscalculation in a crisis. It also could keep a possible cyberattack from starting a nuclear war, he said, although neither Washington nor Moscow appears interested in negotiating an agreement to end the practice of keeping nuclear missiles on high alert. Retired Gen. James Cartwright said in an interview that “de-alerting” nuclear arsenals could foil cyber intruders by reducing the chance of firing a weapon in...