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  • Report: New computer virus attacks Iranian 'strategic networks'

    11/01/2018 7:23:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/31/2018 | Rick Moran
    The Times of Israel is reporting that a new computer virus 'more powerful' than the Stuxnet worm that devastated the Iranian nuclear weapons program in 2010 has been unleashed on Iran's "infrastructure and strategic systems." While the extent of the damage is unknown, the new virus has been described as “more violent, more advanced and more sophisticated" than Stuxnet. That virus, jointly developed by US and Israel, is believed to have set back the Iranian nuclear weapons programs by several months to several years depending on the source. The report came hours after Israel said its Mossad intelligence agency had...
  • Under Obama, the CIA Suffered a 'Catastrophic' Disaster

    11/07/2018 10:12:08 AM PST · by detective · 20 replies
    PJ media ^ | November 4, 2018 | Michael Walsh
    This story, which broke on Nov. 2, got mighty little attention from the national media. I wonder why: In 2013, hundreds of CIA officers many working nonstop for weeks scrambled to contain a disaster of global proportions: a compromise of the agencys internet-based covert communications system used to interact with its informants in dark corners around the world. Teams of CIA experts worked feverishly to take down and reconfigure the websites secretly used for these communications; others managed operations to quickly spirit assets to safety and oversaw other forms of triage. When this was going on, it was...
  • Obama cyber chief confirms 'stand down' order against Russian cyberattacks in summer 2016

    11/16/2018 4:29:33 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 10 replies
    WASHINGTON The Obama White Houses chief cyber official testified Wednesday that proposals he was developing to counter Russias attack on the U.S. presidential election were put on a back burner after he was ordered to stand down his efforts in the summer of 2016. The comments by Michael Daniel, who served as White House cyber security coordinator between 2012 and January of last year, provided his first public confirmation of a much-discussed passage in the book, Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putins War on America and the Election of Donald Trump, co-written by this reporter and David Corn,...
  • Trump signs bill cementing cybersecurity agency at DHS

    11/17/2018 10:22:57 AM PST · by bitt · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/16/2018 | Olivia Beavers
    President Trump on Friday signed into law a bill that cements the Department of Homeland Securitys (DHS) role as the main agency overseeing civilian cybersecurity, with a focus on securing federal networks and protecting critical infrastructure from cyber threats. The cybersecurity branch known as the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) will now be elevated to the same stature as other units within DHS, such as Secret Service or the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The bill Trump signed Friday, which unanimously passed the House earlier this week, also rebrands DHS main cybersecurity unit, known as National Protection and Programs...
  • OK Google, why was your web traffic hijacked and routed through China, Russia today?

    11/13/2018 2:48:03 PM PST · by Salman · 15 replies
    The Register ^ | 13 Nov 2018 | Shaun Nichols in San Francisco
    People's connections in the US to Google including its cloud, YouTube, and other websites were suddenly rerouted through Russia and into China in a textbook Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) hijacking attack. That means folks in Texas, California, Ohio, and so on, firing up their browsers and software and connecting to Google and its services were instead meandering through systems in Russia and China, and not reaching servers belonging to the Silicon Valley giant. Netizens outside of America may also have been affected. The Chocolate Factory confirmed that for a period on Monday afternoon, from 1312 to 1435 Pacific...
  • Midterms will be 'most secure' elections in US history: DHS chief

    11/03/2018 8:05:36 PM PDT · by little jeremiah · 51 replies
    ABC News ^ | Nov 2, 2018, 1:06 PM ET | LEE FERRAN
    Tuesdays midterm elections will be the most secure elections in U.S. history, according to Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, though the U.S. government remains on high alert for any election-related mischief. This is going to be the most secure election weve ever had, Nielsen told the audience at a Council on Foreign Relations event on Friday. But as we all know, this is a dynamic threat, it changes by the minute. Nielsen said that as of today, DHS has not seen a coordinated attempt by a foreign government to interfere in American voting infrastructure, such as voter databases, polling...
  • 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 Clintons campaign passed on documents about Russian election meddling to the FBIs 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 Committeewhats 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 didnt 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 Coskos 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 Muellers team in early November from the Justice Departments computer crime and intellectual-property section, said a spokesman for the special counsels 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. Dickeys 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 Intels 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 (Clintons exoneration) was on, b/w Jan 26 - 11 Nov, 2016. ALSO: 2. Im 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 thats 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 LifeLocks 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 isnt 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 couldnt happen at a worse time. Threats like Russias election interference and online foreign influence campaigns, have reached a point of alarm, writes CNN....