After Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Freezes Data Collecting, Sen. Elizabeth Warren Demands Reversal

A federal court last week again ruled in favor of Mick Mulvaney as the rightful head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which strengthens his hand on such issues as the recent decision to freeze data collection in light of cybersecurity concerns. But Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who conceived the idea of the consumer agency, which… Please follow and like us:

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Is Tor Browser Safe, Signal App Private? Snowden Says FBI Should Use Them

In the wake of reports that text messages between two FBI officials revealed negative opinions of then-candidate Donald Trump, former National Security Agency contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden offered a piece of advice for those trying to keep communications private: “Use Tor. Use Signal.” The recommendation from the former government employee was directed specifically at FBI… Please follow and like us:

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CIA veterans: Spooks know names of DNC leakers

Julian Assange WASHINGTON – The Central Intelligence Agency knows the identities of the people who leaked DNC emails to the whistleblower organization WikiLeaks during the heat of the 2016 presidential campaign, a former CIA officer contends. Fred Rustmann, who served as an operations officer in the CIA’s National Clandestine Service for 24 years and was a… Please follow and like us:

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Our Chips, Code Are More Secure Than Silicon Valley’s: Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman digitized cockpit display for UH-60V Black Hawk helicopter BALTIMORE: The Pentagon has fallen in love with Silicon Valley — though it’s largely unrequited — but traditional defense firms argue there are some things only they can do. One striking example: this Northrop Grumman factory, where the company makes its own microchips “from sand” with… Please follow and like us:

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Army Spent $100 Million On Intelligence System It Never Used, NSA Leak Says

An unsecured, public database maintained in part by the United States National Security Agency contained information about a $100 million Army intelligence project that was never deployed. The publicly accessible database, which was discovered by security researcher Chris Vickery of security firm Upguard, contained more than 100 gigabytes of data from the now-defunct “Red Disk” program.… Please follow and like us:

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Kaspersky blames NSA hack on infected Microsoft software

Embattled computer security firm Kaspersky Lab said Thursday that malware-infected Microsoft Office software and not its own was to blame for the hacking theft of top-secret US intelligence materials. Adding tantalizing new details to the cyber-espionage mystery that has rocked the US intelligence community, Kaspersky also said there was a China link to the hack. The… Please follow and like us:

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Real security requires strong encryption – even if investigators get blocked

By Susan Landau, Professor of Computer Science, Law and Diplomacy and Cybersecurity, Tufts University. What’s the best way to keep data secure? Victor Moussa/Shutterstock.com The FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice have been fighting against easy, widespread public access to encryption technologies for 25 years. Since the bureau’s dispute with Apple in 2016 over access… Please follow and like us:

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Kremlin rejects ‘absurd’ reports about Russia using Kaspersky Lab for espionage

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman has rejected recent news reports suggesting state-sponsored hackers obtained classified U.S. documents by exploiting antivirus software marketed by a private Moscow-based cybersecurity company, dismissing claims the Kremlin used Kaspersky Lab as a conduit for espionage. “This information is absurd,” Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin press secretary, told journalists Thursday. “The state neither… Please follow and like us:

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Three Contract Protests Lodged Against NSA!

NSA headquarters WASHINGTON: The National Security Agency, which can go for ten years without a contract protest, currently faces three, slowing the agency’s ability to issue new contracts. “We are sitting on three of them right now. Used to be you could go a decade without one, let alone sitting on three in one year,” Charlie… Please follow and like us:

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Majority Of Experts Say Security Still Lacking After WannaCry And Petya

Despite two major malware attacks that affected hundreds of thousands of computer systems in countries all over the world, a majority of information security experts still believe organizations are lacking in protections needed to prevent being hit by another attack, a survey found. Threat detection firm Tripwire surveyed 108 security professionals at the Black Hat USA… Please follow and like us:

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Improved Citizens’ Privacy Seems Possible With Senators, Tech Companies Making Efforts

Data privacy regulation in the U.S. has been a thorny issue with provisions such as the National Security Letters (NSLs) allowing unfettered access to law enforcement agencies into citizens’ communications. The power endowed on the government by laws such as the Stored Communications Act has made accessing citizens’ email and other communications fairly easy in the… Please follow and like us:

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The real reason the Russian narrative persists

How much are tech stocks worth? For a brief time on July 3, they were all worth $123.47. It happened during after-hours trading, and it happened because that’s what the Nasdaq trading platform said they were worth. Nasdaq’s explanation is that third parties improperly sent test data to their system. That only raises more questions. We’re… Please follow and like us:

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Former FBI Agent: Deep State Exists and is Trying to Bring Down Trump

Fifteen years ago, I would have suggested a tinfoil hat for anyone who believed in the deep state. But recent events have made me rethink my diagnosis. The term “deep state” intimates a conspiracy somewhere in the woodshed. But it’s basically two or more people who get together and agree on something bad. In the case… Please follow and like us:

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Putin Says Russia is Not US Enemy, Downplays New Sanctions

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he does not believe his country and the United States are enemies and downplayed fresh sanctions levied against his country by the American lawmakers. During his annual nationwide call-in show Thursday, Putin said Russia and the United States had fought beside each other during two world wars and “the Russian empire… Please follow and like us:

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New surprise suspect in Obama spy scandal

Former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power WASHINGTON – The inquiry into whether the Obama administration spied on the Trump campaign and transition team has a new surprise suspect: former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power. The House Intelligence Committee announced Wednesday it was submitting subpoenas as part of its ongoing investigation into any Russian meddling… Please follow and like us:

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