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  • 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...
  • Iran’s Military Launches Increased Cyber Attacks on Obama Administration Officials

    11/05/2015 9:32:02 AM PST · by lbryce · 14 replies
    Washington Beacon ^ | Morgan Chalfant
    Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps has in recent weeks launched increased cyber attacks on Obama administration officials, hacking into their email and social media accounts. U.S. officials believe that the hacks are related to the recent arrest of an Iranian-American businessman in Tehran. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, has routinely conducted cyberwarfare against American government agencies for years. But the U.S. officials said there has been a surge in such attacks coinciding with the arrest last month of Siamak Namazi, an energy industry executive and business consultant who has pushed for stronger U.S.-Iranian economic and diplomatic ties. Obama administration personnel are...
  • Details emerge about new security clearance organization, processes

    09/20/2016 6:35:38 AM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 29 replies
    Federal News Radio ^ | September 19, 2016 5:30 am | Jason Miller
    In less than two weeks, the Office of Personnel Management is expected to launch the new background investigation service to help fix the mess created by a series of incidents ranging from a lack of contractor oversight to the massive data breach affecting 21.5 million current and former federal employees. Officials promise the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) will be a much different organization than its predecessor, the Federal Investigative Services. “It will have a politically appointed director, will be headquartered in D.C. and be a full member of the Performance Accountability Council, so it aligns with customers for increased...
  • Judicial Watch: New Huma Abedin Emails Reveal Additional Instances of Clinton Sending and...

    05/02/2017 4:08:47 PM PDT · by blueyon · 35 replies
    JudicialWatch ^ | 05/02/17 | Judical Watch Press Release
    ""Judicial Watch: New Huma Abedin Emails Reveal Additional Instances of Clinton Sending and Receiving Classified Emails Through Unsecure Server""" (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released 894 pages of new State Department documents, including previously unreleased email exchanges in which former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was sent additional classified information through her unsecure clintonmail.com email account by top aide Huma Abedin. The Abedin emails also include repeated instances of Clinton’s detailed daily schedules being sent to top Clinton Foundation officials at unsecured email addresses. The records were produced for Judicial Watch by the State Department from the non-state.gov email...
  • DHS Secretary John Kelly: Cyberattack more likely than military action from North Korea

    04/14/2017 9:23:48 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 13 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Apr 14, 2017, 10:56 PM | Anna Giaritelli
    Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Friday predicted North Korea is more likely to unleash a large-scale cyberattack against the U.S. than take military action. Kelly, speaking with NBC "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd, said a physical attack from the North Korean military is unlikely despite the country's warning earlier this week of a "big event" this weekend. "A kinetic threat against the United States right now I don't think is likely, but certainly a cyber threat," Kelly told Todd in a preview clip. "So we would raise various threat levels in the event that something happened and we...
  • Credibility Of Cyber Firm That Claimed Russia Hacked The DNC Comes Under Serious Question

    03/23/2017 8:47:51 AM PDT · by bobsunshine · 17 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | March 23, 2017 | Tyler Durden
    Before I get to the meat of this post, we need to revisit a little history. The cyber security firm hired to inspect the DNC hack and determine who was responsible is a firm called Crowdstrike. Its conclusion that Russia was responsible was released last year, but several people began to call its analysis into question upon further inspection. Jeffrey Carr was one of the most prominent cynics, and as he noted in his December post, FBI/DHS Joint Analysis Report: A Fatally Flawed Effort:
  • France and Mexico demand answers over US spying (“deeply shocked”)

    10/21/2013 2:40:14 PM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Saudi Gazette ^ | 10/22/13
    PARIS — France and Mexico have angrily demanded prompt explanations from the United States over new spying allegations leaked by former US security contractor Edward Snowden. French daily Le Monde and German weekly Der Spiegel said in separate reports published Monday that the US National Security Agency (NSA) secretly monitored tens of millions of phone communications in France and hacked into former Mexican president Felipe Calderon’s email account. The allegations come on top of revelations already leaked by Snowden and published in June that the US had a vast, secret program called PRISM to monitor Internet users, which French prosecutors...
  • Emails expose Chelsea clashes with parents' aides, amid Clinton Foundation concerns

    10/19/2016 4:23:42 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 20 replies
    FOX News ^ | 10/18/2016 | Staff
    While the media started asking critical questions about The Clinton Foundation when Hillary Clinton launched her presidential bid last year, newly published emails show Chelsea Clinton was digging deeper into the foundation's dealings as far back as 2011. According to hacked documents released by WikiLeaks, the former first daughter discovered and shared wide-ranging allegations involving conflict-of-interest concerns, suspected internal cyber spying and other issues. In nearly four-dozen emails from October 2011 to February 2012, Chelsea Clinton’s sometimes-abrasive relationship with her father’s top confidant and other key Clinton aides is on full display.(snip) She claimed an employee witnessed Cooper loading spyware...
  • Company that will create 500 jobs opens in DeKalb (Georgia)

    03/16/2017 1:42:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | March 10, 2017 | Joshua Sharpe
    An Ireland-based cyber-security and payments industry firm has opened its Brookhaven location, which will eventually create 500 jobs for DeKalb County. Sysnet Global Solutions intends to invest $2 million with the Brookhaven center in the Perimeter Summit development. Numerous officials and community leaders were on hand for a ceremony at the site Thursday, including Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst. He’s said he’s excited to have the company in town. “Five hundred plus jobs is always a great sign of a vibrant economy,” he said in January....
  • House Staffers In Security Probe Allegedly Kept Stepmom In ‘Captivity’ To Access Offshore Cash

    03/08/2017 10:22:28 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 9 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 8, 2017 | By Luke Rosiak
    Days before U.S. Capitol Police told House members that three Pakistani brothers who ran their computer networks may have stolen congressional data, their stepmother called Fairfax County, Virginia police to say the Democratic staffers were keeping her from her husband’s deathbed. A relative described her situation as being held in captivity for months while the brothers schemed to take their father’s life insurance and other assets. The brothers — who as IT professionals for Congress could read House members’ emails — allegedly used wiretapping devices on their own stepmother and threatened to abduct loved ones in Pakistan if she didn’t...
  • Congressman: We need a National Guard for cybersecurity

    03/14/2017 6:35:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    CNN Tech ^ | March 12, 2017 | Selena Larson
    There are few people with computer science backgrounds who work in the federal government. Long hours coupled with smaller salaries make it hard to recruit techies to Washington, according to Representative Ruben Gallego. But one way to get more tech people to serve their country is to set up a cybersecurity reservist system, like a National Guard for digital security, said Gallego, a Democrat from Arizona. "We have to accept that, look, this person is not going to man a machine gun, why would we put them through bootcamp, we're never going to send them to the front line," Gallego...