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  • Report: Congressman Wexler to resign

    10/13/2009 3:48:23 PM PDT · by Fawn · 288 replies · 16,739+ views
    Reported by: Sun-Sentinel ^ | Oct 13, 2009 | Reported by: Sun-Sentinel
    PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL---Our news partners at the Sun Sentinel report: U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, who represents Broward and Palm Beach counties, plans to resign from Congress. He plans to announce his plans at a news conference Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Boca Raton. A Democratic source with knowledge of Wexler's plans said he is likely to take a public policy job that deals with the Middle East. Wexler, a senior member of the House Foreign Relations Committee, has long been involved in issues involving Israel and Turkey.
  • CIA director announces sweeping reorganization of spy agency

    03/06/2015 9:15:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 6, 2015 11:11 PM EST | Ken Dilanian
    Director John Brennan has ordered a sweeping reorganization of the CIA, an overhaul designed to make its leaders more accountable and close espionage gaps amid widespread concerns about the spy agency’s limited insights into a series of major global developments. Brennan announced the restructuring to the CIA workforce on Friday, including a new directorate devoted to boosting the CIA’s computer hacking skills. He said the move comes after nine agency officers spent three months analyzing its management structure, including what deputy CIA director David Cohen called “pain points,” organizational areas where the CIA’s bureaucracy does not work efficiently. […] The...
  • Ex-NSA Worker Pleads Guilty

    12/02/2017 9:04:54 PM PST · by Rabin · 13 replies
    Brui Direct ^ | December 3rd, 2017 | courtesy of ENGADGET by Jon Fingas
    The admission revealed the identity behind a big data breach. Nghia Hoang Pho, 67. Nghia, Carted home, “Top Secret” and “Sensitive Compartmented”, Information for over five years. These files were downloaded onto Pho’s personal computer and then routinely harvested by Russian intelligence. Pho took a mix of digital and physical info home between 2010 and 2015. he was using it to rewrite his resume -- this was intentional, but not spiteful. Pho may face prison time when he's sentenced on April 6th, but prosecutors “are open to calls for a lighter sentence” given the non-malicious nature of the case. It...
  • Congress Questioning Kaspersky Breach

    10/28/2017 4:52:29 AM PDT · by smileyface · 4 replies
    One America News Network ^ | Oct 27, 2017 | Emerald Robinson
    Lawmakers expressed bipartisan interest in expanding the role of the National Institute of Technology and Standards according to H.R. 1224 concerning how contracted companies work with federal agencies and departments. Members of the House Subcommittee on Science Oversight met Thursday to discuss a recent revelation of a 2015 security breach involving an NSA contractor and a Russian spyware product. Julio Rivera who is a cybersecruity expert and Editor of Reactionary Times says that the breach that occurred in 2015 was first discovered by Israeli intelligence who then alerted the U.S. However, officials did not ban the software at the time...
  • FBI says Russian spies got close to Cabinet [Hillary Clinton]

    11/01/2011 12:33:20 AM PDT · by iowamark · 62 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10/31/2011 | Bill Gertz
    The FBI rounded up a network of deep-cover Russian spies last year after the group came close to placing an agent near a Cabinet official in the Obama administration, a senior FBI counterspy said Monday as the bureau released once-secret documents on the case. ...U.S. officials said it was Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Mr. Figliuzzi said in an interview that the FBI decided to end its more than 10-year-long counterspy investigation of the network because of concerns that the spies were “getting very close to their objective.” “These 10 Russian officers were sent to the U.S. on a...
  • Imran Awan case: Lawmaker calls 'massive' data transfers from Wasserman Schultz aide..

    10/10/2017 8:55:13 PM PDT · by bitt · 25 replies
    fox news ^ | Oct 10, 2017 | FoxNews
    A Republican lawmaker on Tuesday described the “massive” data transfers on government servers by a former IT aide to Democratic Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz as “a substantial security threat.” “These facts, standing alone, indicate a substantial security threat,” Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Scott Perry said of the Imran Awan case during an informal hearing of Republican House members on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. Awan pleaded not guilty in September to multiple federal charges including bank fraud and conspiracy. A grand jury had returned an indictment in August in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia charging Imran Awan...
  • Hillary Clinton talks cyber security at Stanford

    10/07/2017 4:00:24 PM PDT · by DFG · 54 replies
    abc7news ^ | 10/06/2017
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ended a day in Bay Area at Stanford University. She addressed a crowd of about 500 people as part of a launch event for Stanford's new Global Digital Policy Incubator. On the topic of digital technology, Clinton focused her remarks on Russia's interference in the 2016 election. She called the hacking of a U.S. election by a foreign adversary "the darker side of technology."
  • Isis 'hacking division' releases details of 1,400 Americans and urges attacks

    08/13/2015 7:13:42 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 34 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Aug. 12, 2015 | Michael Safi
    A group calling itself the Islamic State hacking division has published the details of 1,400 mostly US military and government personnel, urging supporters to attack those listed. The spreadsheet, published online on Wednesday, exposes names, email addresses, phone numbers and passwords. Those listed include members of the marine corps, Nasa, the state department, air force and FBI. Supporters of Isis on Twitter seized on the breach, posting personal details of soldiers and government staffers and encouraging lone wolves to “act and kill”. A person claiming to speak for the group told the Guardian the information was obtained from military and...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Tech company which maintained Hillary's secret server was sued for 'illegally accessing'

    08/14/2015 1:04:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | August 13, 2015 | Daniel Bates
    EXCLUSIVE: Tech company which maintained Hillary's secret server was sued for 'illegally accessing' database and 'stealing White House military advisers' phone numbers' The Internet company used by Hillary Clinton to maintain her private server was sued for stealing dozens of phone lines including some which were used by the White House. Platte River Networks is said to have illegally accessed the master database for all US phone numbers. It also seized 390 lines in a move that created chaos across the US government. Among the phone numbers which the company took - which all suddenly stopped working - were lines...
  • Equifax Data Breach: A Lesson And What Happens Now

    09/12/2017 4:47:12 AM PDT · by Gennie · 25 replies
    Stronghold Cyber Security ^ | September 11, 2017 | Jason McNew
    A lesson from the Equifax data breach – in the cyber security realm, we look at networks as falling into two categories: those that have been breached, and those that are going to get breached. It is clear for all Americans to see now, that the same is true of personal information, too. Either your personal information has been leaked, or it is going to get leaked. Whether its Target, OPM (Office of Personnel Management), or Equifax – neither the government or corporations can protect individual privacy — at least not with the existing American system built upon the stone-aged...
  • Equifax data leak could involve 143 million consumers

    09/07/2017 2:19:50 PM PDT · by granite · 37 replies
    Techcrunch ^ | 9/7/2017 | Ron Miller
    Security data breach equifax Equifax data leak could involve 143 million consumers Posted 25 minutes ago by Ron Miller (@ron_miller) Data leaks have become so commonplace that it’s incredibly easy to become numb to them, but credit reporting service Equifax announced a doozy today that when all is said and done could involve 143 million consumers. This is bad. It was a treasure trove of information for the bad guys out there and included Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. As though that weren’t bad enough, 209,000 people had their credit card info...
  • Navy Finds No Sign of Hacking in Recent Collisions

    09/02/2017 6:21:23 AM PDT · by Presbyterian Reporter · 77 replies
    On Wednesday, the U.S. Navy's top officer said that post-accident investigations have turned up no evidence of a cyberattack in the collisions involving the USS John S. McCain and USS Fitzgerald. The two collisions each involved an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer and a merchant vessel, and the similarity of the circumstances led many to speculate that the casualties might have been caused by hacking. In an address to Navy staff, chief of naval operations Adm. John S. Richardson moved to dispel these rumors. He said that the accident investigators have given cyber factors "an amazing amount of attention," but so far...
  • Navy to 'consider' whether crashed warships were hacked

    08/22/2017 4:47:18 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 99 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 21, 2017 | Max Jaeger
    The Navy will investigate whether two US destroyers were hacked before they collided with merchant ships in a pair of recent crashes, according to a top Navy admiral. "2 clarify Re: possibility of cyber intrusion or sabotage, no indications right now ... but review will consider all possibilities," tweeted Admiral John Richardson, referencing sweeping new investigations announced Monday into two recent accidents involving Naval warships in the Pacific.
  • Muslim Homeland Security Adviser Accused of Leaking Documents

    11/09/2011 9:28:17 AM PST · by TheDailyChange · 12 replies
    FoxNation ^ | 11092011 | Erick Stakelbeck
    As an advisor to the Department of Homeland Security, Mohammed Elibiary was given access to sensitive government documents. Now the Texas Muslim activist stands accused of leaking some of those documents to the media to spread charges of "Islamophobia."
  • Mohamed Elibiary, Homeland Security Adviser, Allegedly Leaked Intel, Shopped Classified Info to

    10/26/2011 6:03:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 10/26/11 | Pamela Geller
    Back in October 2010 I warned of the consequences of naming a stealth jihadist with ties to Islamic subversives whose stated goal is to "eliminate and destroy Western civilization from within and sabatoage its miserable house."more here ... Secretary Napolitano named devout Muslim Mohamed Elibiary to the Homeland Security Advisory Council (Department of Homeland Security.) Texas Department of Public Safety now says Homeland Security Advisory Council member Mohamed Elibiary may have been given access to a sensitive database of state and local intelligence reports, and then allegedly shopped some of those materials to a media outlet. Who else is the...
  • The Exploding DNC IT Scandal Is As Crazy As Fiction (MSM cover up....)

    08/09/2017 9:25:54 AM PDT · by yoe · 36 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 26, 2017 | Frank Miniter
    In a plot Tom Clancy might have dreamed up, an IT staffer who’d worked for Democrats in Congress was arrested by federal officials and charged with bank fraud. Fox News has reported that officers and agents from the U.S. Capitol Police, the FBI and Customs and Border Protection, were involved in the arrest of Imran Awan at Dulles International Airport not far from Washington, D.C., as he tried to fly away to Pakistan. Awan has pleaded not guilty to bank fraud, but his strange case has all the feeling of the opening scene of a movie that might soon include...
  • Security-illiterate OPM director accused Romney of having ‘little understanding’ of 21st century

    07/09/2015 8:13:11 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 15 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 7-9-15 | Twitchy
    Today’s a busy day for those pointing and laughing at the people who mocked presidential candidate Mitt Romney over his warnings about Chinese hackers and Russia’s status as America’s greatest geopolitical foe. Among those who got in on the action was OPM Director Katherine Archuleta, who in 2012 posted a video showing that Romney possessed “little understanding of what’s going on in the 21st century.”
  • Whatever Is On Imran Awan’s Smashed Hard Drives Likely Can Be Recovered

    08/01/2017 5:17:19 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 90 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | Mark Tapscott
    Somebody must have thought they were hiding something by smashing those computer hard-drives the FBI recovered from the home of Imran Awan, Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s former information technology (IT) aide. But odds are excellent they were wrong. Federal law enforcement authorities may have already recovered and read whatever was on those hard drives. “It depends on what happens, but even if it is hit with a hammer, it probably doesn’t damage the platters that actually hold the data, which remains recoverable,” said Tom Hakim, engineering supervisor for werecoverdata.com, a New York-based lab that specializes in difficult digital...
  • White House officials tricked by email prankster

    08/01/2017 3:04:41 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | 7-31-17 | Jake Tapper
    A self-described "email prankster" in the UK fooled a number of White House officials into thinking he was other officials, including an episode where he convinced the White House official tasked with cyber security that he was Jared Kushner and received that official's private email address unsolicited. "Tom, we are arranging a bit of a soirée towards the end of August," the fake Jared Kushner on an Outlook account wrote to the official White House email account of Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert. "It would be great if you could make it, I promise food of at least comparible (sic)...
  • Wasserman Schultz Seemingly Planned To Pay Suspect Even While He Lived In Pakistan

    07/29/2017 5:29:49 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 73 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 07/29/2017 | LUKE ROSIAK
    Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz seemingly planned to pay cyber-probe suspect and IT aide Imran Awan even while he was living in Pakistan, if the FBI hadn’t stopped him from leaving the U.S. Monday. Public statements and congressional payroll records suggest she also appears to have known that his wife, a fellow IT staffer, left the country for good months ago — while she was also a criminal suspect. In all, six months of actions reveal a decision to continue paying a man who seemingly could not have been providing services to her, and who a mountain of evidence suggests...