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  • States and feds unite on election security after ’16 clashes

    10/18/2018 1:41:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 18, 2018 4:24 PM EDT | Colleen Long
    Election officials and federal cybersecurity agents are touting improved collaboration aimed at confronting and deterring efforts to tamper with elections. The only way to go was up. In 2016, amid Russian meddling, federal officials first were accused of being too tight-lipped on intelligence about possible hacking into state systems and later criticized for trying to hijack control from the states. …
  • REPORT: Former Feinstein Staffer Found Linked Trump/Russia Scheme Involving Soros and Fusion GPS

    10/09/2018 5:36:24 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 20 replies
    A new report shows a Democrat senator contacted a former Feinstein staffer back in 2017, in hopes of continuing an investigation so-called "collusion" between Trump and Russia. The former Feinstein staffer operates a group called "Democracy Integrity Project" which is heavily funded by Soros and has connections with Fusion GPS, as well as dossier author Christopher Steele. The one thing that's still not confirmed is the identity of the senator that reached out to the former Feinstein staffer. Daily Caller A Democratic senator outsourced parts of the investigation into possible Trump-Russia collusion to a former Senate staffer with links to...
  • Lawyer with ties to Hillary Clinton, DNC reportedly gave FBI documents on Russia meddling

    10/07/2018 12:06:28 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 30 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 4, 2018 | Jeff Mordock
    A lawyer with ties to the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign passed on documents about Russian election meddling to the FBI’s general counsel during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to a report Thursday.James Baker, who was formerly the top lawyer at the FBI, told congressional investigators about the exchange in a closed-door deposition on Wednesday, the Daily Caller reported.Mr. Baker said he received the documents as well as computer storage devices on Russian hacking from Michael Sussmann, an attorney with Perkins Coie. Testifying before a joint session of the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees, Mr. Baker said Mr....
  • Democrat Staffer Jackson Cosko Arrested for Doxxing is Not an ‘Unpaid Intern’ (Smells like Soros)

    10/07/2018 12:10:22 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 54 replies
    The Tennessee Star ^ | October 7, 2018 | Julie Gunlock
    Capitol Police on October 3 arrested 27-year old congressional staffer Jackson Cosko for posting on Wikipedia the private addresses of three members of the Senate Judiciary Committee—what’s known as “doxxing” (a word derived from the shorthand for “document”). Cosko is facing serious charges that include illegally posting private information of public figures, witness tampering, threats, identity theft, and unlawful entry. In the mainstream media, Cosko is being portrayed as a hapless overzealous intern who didn’t even have the smarts to cover up his criminal act. His former boss— Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas) has denied she knew anything about Cosko’s activities....
  • Democratic intern arrested in doxxing of GOP senators during Kavanaugh hearing

    10/03/2018 4:07:57 PM PDT · by CivilWarBrewing · 182 replies
    Fox News / ^ | October 03, 2018 | CivilWarBrewing
    <p>Maxine Waters' staffer arrested for publishing addresses and other personal information pertaining to Republican staffers over the Kavanaugh circus.</p>
  • Julian Assange's Associate's 'Strange Disappearance' Probed by Norway Police

    09/04/2018 7:27:21 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 11 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | 3 Sept 2018 | Staff
    This weekend, the WikiLeaks Twitter account claimed that cybersecurity expert Arjen Kamphuis went missing on August 20, two days before he was scheduled to fly to Amsterdam. This comes amid concerns about the security of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is about to end his six-year self-imposed confinement in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Norwegian police have opened an investigation into the disappearance of Arjen Kamphuis, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's associate, who was last seen in the northern Norwegian town of Bodo on August 20. ...
  • John Bolton says he 'fixed' White House overstaffing by cutting cybersecurity job

    09/21/2018 7:01:04 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Sept. 21, 2018
    National security adviser John Bolton defended his decision to eliminate a cybersecurity coordinator position at the White House, saying he "fixed" an overstaffing issue and that, "You know, the whole thing works." “I inherited a structure in the national security staff that was duplicative and overlapping," Bolton told reporters in a briefing Thursday. Bolton, who took office in April, said cutting the job in May did not negatively impact the National Security Council's ability to craft cybersecurity policy and respond to threats.
  • Two prosecutors leave Mueller's office

    08/31/2018 8:57:02 AM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyColonel · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | 31 August 2018 | Katelyn Polantz,
    Prosecutors Ryan Dickey and Brian Richardson are no longer working for the office of special counsel Robert Mueller, the Justice Department confirmed. Both lawyers were relatively junior but frequently spotted members of Mueller's corps. Both have worked on court cases that Mueller opened as part of his investigation into Russian interference and coordination with the Trump campaign in the 2016 presidential election. Peter Carr, a spokesman for the special counsel, declined to explain on Thursday what the departures mean for the state of Mueller's office. Over this summer, as Mueller opened more criminal cases, other Justice Department units including the...
  • Mueller adds veteran cyber prosecutor to special-counsel team

    01/10/2018 12:23:40 PM PST · by mojito · 28 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | 1/10/2018 | Matt Zapotosky
    Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has added a veteran cyber prosecutor to his team, filling what has long been a gap in expertise and potentially signaling a recent focus on computer crimes. Ryan K. Dickey was assigned to Mueller’s team in early November from the Justice Department’s computer crime and intellectual-property section, said a spokesman for the special counsel’s office. He joined 16 other lawyers who are highly respected by their peers but who have come under fire from Republicans wary of some of their political contributions to Democrats. Dickey’s addition is particularly notable because he is the first...
  • New Security Vulnerability Casts Shadow Over Intel

    08/21/2018 4:23:31 AM PDT · by jurroppi1 · 6 replies
    SourceToday ^ | Aug 17, 2018 | James Morra
    Intel has been scarred by another major security glitch that takes advantage of the same technology behind the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities. The new set of vulnerabilities, labeled Foreshadow, allows passwords and other confidential information to be swiped from memory caches in Intel’s processors. On Tuesday, the Santa Clara, California-based company said it had released microcode to protect potentially vulnerable devices in personal computers and data centers. The company said that the changes, coupled with new updates for operating systems and hypervisor software made available on Tuesday, would protect most customers. “We are not aware of reports that any of...
  • Interesting thread speculating on Mueller working with FBI lovers

    07/21/2018 8:58:37 PM PDT · by MNDude · 44 replies
    Reader Account Share Support Thread Reader! Thread by @_ImperatorRex_: "1. BOMBSHELL from the Page/Strzok texts: I may have found the middleman the Mueller/Clinton cabal was using, to communicate with the FBI whi […]" 26 tweets an hour ago Profile picture REX @_ImperatorRex_ Follow Read on Twitter 359 subscribers Subscribe Read later Archive 1. BOMBSHELL from the Page/Strzok texts: I may have found the middleman the Mueller/Clinton cabal was using, to communicate with the FBI while MYE (Clinton’s exoneration) was on, b/w Jan 26 - 11 Nov, 2016. ALSO: 2. I’m confident that Robert Mueller himself is 'Bob' in the texts...
  • LifeLock Bug Exposed Millions of Customer Email Addresses

    07/26/2018 8:42:07 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 22 replies
    Krebs on Security ^ | July 25, 2018 | Brian Krebs
    Identity theft protection firm LifeLock — a company that’s built a name for itself based on the promise of helping consumers protect their identities online — may have actually exposed customers to additional attacks from ID thieves and phishers. The company just fixed a vulnerability on its site that allowed anyone with a Web browser to index email addresses associated with millions of customer accounts, or to unsubscribe users from all communications from the company. The upshot of this weakness is that cyber criminals could harvest the data and use it in targeted phishing campaigns that spoof LifeLock’s brand. Of...
  • Russia says spyware found in state computer networks

    07/30/2016 3:14:34 PM PDT · by Mariner · 32 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 29th, 2016 | by Lidia Kelly
    Russia's intelligence service said on Saturday that the computer networks of 20 organizations, including state agencies and defense companies, have been infected with spyware in what it described as a targeted and coordinated attack. The Federal Security Service, the FSB, said the malware and the way the networks were infected were similar to those used in previous cases of cyber espionage found in Russia and other countries. The agency did not say who it suspected of being behind the attacks. "Information technology resources of government agencies, scientific and military institutions, defense industry companies and other entities involved in crucial infrastructure...
  • Top FBI Cyber-Sleuths Head For The Exit

    07/20/2018 5:08:02 PM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 23 replies
    https://conservativedailypost.com ^ | 9:56 PM 20 JUL 2018 | by Mark Megahan
    Three of the highest ranking cyber-investigators announced immediate retirement. They say it isn’t because of all the Justice Department scandals but the frustration of not being able to do their jobs, as pointed out by a recent DOJ report, might have been too much to bear. Top cyber-sleuths are leaving the Federal Bureau of Investigation in droves. Three more departures were announced by the Wall Street Journal on Thursday. Washington, D.C. bureaucrats are screaming that this couldn’t happen at a worse time. Threats “like Russia’s election interference and online foreign influence campaigns, have reached a point of alarm,” writes CNN....
  • Three Top FBI Cybersecurity Officials to Retire

    07/20/2018 7:13:54 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 71 replies
    www.wsj.com ^ | Updated July 19, 2018 6:01 p.m. ET | By Dustin Volz and Shelby Holliday
    Three of the top cybersecurity officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation are retiring from government service, according to people familiar with the matter—departures that come as cyberattacks are a major concern for the country’s security agencies. Senior U.S. intelligence officials warn that the country is at a “critical point” facing unprecedented cyberthreats, including Russia’s ongoing attacks on the American political system. The retirements also come as the FBI is facing regular criticism from President Donald Trump and his supporters, and is working to attract and retain top cyber talent. Scott Smith, the assistant FBI director who runs the Bureau’s...
  • [From December 26, 2015] McAfee anti-virus creator to run for U.S. president as Libertarian

    02/15/2016 3:24:02 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 20 replies
    UPI news ^ | December 26, 2015
    John McAfee, better known in recent years for his brushes with the law in Belize and Guatemala than for his anti-virus software, filed to run for United States president as a Libertarian candidate. McAfee told USA Today he plans to run on a platform of pardoning all marijuana users in prison and and to "stop the U.S. from being the world's policeman." Doug Craig, a national board member of the Libertarian Party, said,"He fits right in with our political philosophy.: Earlier this year, McAfee vowed to run as a member of the Cyber Party to "disrupt the political status quo"...
  • Worst known governmental leak ever is slowly coming to light:

    07/23/2017 9:40:24 PM PDT · by Steve Van Doorn · 18 replies
    expressen | Jul 21, 2017 | Rick Falkvinge
    Sweden’s Transport Agency moved all of its data to “the cloud”, apparently unaware that there is no cloud, only somebody else’s computer. In doing so, it exposed and leaked every conceivable top secret database: fighter pilots, SEAL team operators, police suspects, people under witness relocation. Names, photos, and home addresses: the list is just getting started. The responsible director has been found guilty in criminal court of the whole affair, and sentenced to the harshest sentence ever seen in Swedish government: she was docked half a month’s paycheck Many governments have had partial leaks in terms of method (Snowden) or...
  • Here’s The Inspector General Report On Imran Awan

    07/10/2018 3:44:30 PM PDT · by detective · 32 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 07/09/2018 | Ethan Barton and Luke Rosiak
    The Department of Justice found “no evidence” that former Democratic IT aide Imran Awan violated cybersecurity laws, prosecutors said Thursday, but the House of Representatives’ internal watchdog reported that the Pakistani native made “unauthorized access” to congressional servers. Prosecutors said police interviewed approximately 40 witnesses, reviewed relevant communications and examined a number of related devices, but couldn’t find anything they could charge Imran with regarding cybersecurity. Details of the investigation were included in a plea deal with Imran surrounding unrelated bank fraud. But a pair of presentations by House Inspector General Theresa Grafenstine detail a number of rules Imran and...
  • Why you might want to wrap your car key fob in foil

    07/09/2018 8:16:52 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 86 replies
    wsbtv ^ | Jul 8, 2018 - 6:40 PM | Phoebe Wall Howard,
    Given that the best way to store your car keys at night is by putting them in a coffee can, what's an ex-FBI agent's advice to protect cars from theft during the day? Wrap car fobs in aluminum foil. “Although it's not ideal, it is the most inexpensive way,” said Holly Hubert, a cybersecurity expert who retired in 2017 from the FBI in Buffalo, New York. “The cyber threat is so dynamic and ever changing, it’s hard for consumers to keep up.” Now, as CEO of GlobalSecurityIQ, she suggests clients go online and spend a few dollars and buy what’s...
  • Judge tosses suit alleging Trump campaign conspired with Russia in DNC hack

    07/04/2018 3:38:28 AM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/03/18 | JOSH GERSTEIN
    A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit alleging that President Donald Trump's campaign and former Trump adviser Roger Stone conspired with Russia and WikiLeaks to publish hacked Democratic National Committee emails during the 2016 presidential race. U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Huvelle said in a ruling Tuesday evening that the suit's efforts to tie the Trump campaign and Stone's alleged actions to the nation's capital were too flimsy for the case to proceed in a Washington, D.C., court. "The Trump Campaign’s efforts to elect President Trump in D.C. are not suit-related contacts for those efforts did not involve acts taken...