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Kremlin Hackers Seek To Infiltrate US Senate Servers

Politico reports: The suspected Russian hackers accused of breaching the Democratic National Committee and meddling in France’s presidential election are now targeting the U.S. Senate, according to new research. Since last June, the hacking group known as “Fancy Bear” has been setting up fake websites mimicking the Senate’s login server, hoping to trick Senate staffers into entering their credentials there, ...

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Hacking Defenses Still Not In Place For Midterms

Politico reports: States rushing to guard their 2018 elections against hackers may be on a waiting list for up to nine months for the Department of Homeland Security’s most exhaustive security screening, according to government officials familiar with the situation. That means some states might not get the service until weeks before the November midterms and may remain unaware of ...

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Uber Reveals Having Paid Hackers $100,000 To Delete Personal Data Stolen From 57 Million Customers

Bloomberg reports: Hackers stole the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers from Uber Technologies Inc., a massive breach that the company concealed for more than a year. This week, the ride-hailing company ousted Joe Sullivan, chief security officer, and one of his deputies for their roles in keeping the hack under wraps. Compromised data from the October 2016 ...

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REPORT: North Korean Hackers Steal US War Plans

The BBC reports: Hackers from North Korea are reported to have stolen a large cache of military documents from South Korea, including a plan to assassinate North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un. Rhee Cheol-hee, a South Korean lawmaker, said the information was from his country’s defence ministry. The compromised documents include wartime contingency plans drawn up by the US and South ...

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Equifax CEO “Retires” After Data Breach Scandal

Business Insider reports: Equifax, the consumer-data giant that was targeted in a hack that exposed the personal data of nearly half the U.S. population, said its CEO is out effective immediately. Richard Smith will “retire” as Chairman of the Board and CEO effective September 26, 2017, according to a statement from the company’s board. Board member Mark Feidler has been ...

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REPORT: Equifax Had Earlier Undisclosed Major Breach

Bloomberg reports: Equifax Inc. learned about a major breach of its computer systems in March — almost five months before the date it has publicly disclosed, according to three people familiar with the situation. In a statement, the company said the March breach was not related to the hack that exposed the personal and financial data on 143 million U.S. ...

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Top Execs “Retire” At Equifax After Data Breach

TechCrunch reports: Top executives at Equifax are retiring effective immediately, according to the WSJ. Susan Mauldin was the company’s chief security officer and David Webb was the chief information officer. The report says the executives are retiring, though, in the wake of the company’s major security breach, “retire” feels like an euphemism for “fired.” The company says the personnel changes ...

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Dem Senator Calls For Insider Trading Investigation For Equifax Executives: “Somebody Needs To Go To Jail”

Reuters reports: U.S. senator on Tuesday called for a criminal investigation of executives from credit bureau Equifax  for stock sales after a massive data breach this summer, and said their actions were comparable to insider trading. Senator Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat who sits on the Senate Banking Committee, said it was “disturbing” that it appeared executives sold nearly $2 million ...

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Equifax Hit With Multi-Billion Dollar Class Action Suit

The Daily Beast reports: Victims of one of the most significant data breaches in U.S. history have filed a class-action lawsuit against the credit-monitoring firm Equifax. On Thursday, the company announced that hackers had stolen Social Security numbers and other personal information belonging to 143 million people, leaving them potentially vulnerable to identity theft and fraud. Victims of the breach ...

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Credit Service Equifax Reports Massive Data Breach: Names, DOBs, Social Security Numbers, And Addresses

CNBC reports: Equifax, which supplies credit information and other information services, said Thursday that a data breach could have potentially affected 143 million consumers in the United States. Equifax said it discovered the breach on July 29. “Criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files,” the company said. Shares of Equifax fell more than 5 ...

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McCain Hits Back At Trump Over Russian Blame

The Hill reports: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Thursday put blame on Russian President Vladimir Putin and his actions for the U.S.-Russia relationship. His comments come after Trump on Thursday morning put blame on Congress for the current relationship the U.S. has with Russia. Besides imposing new sanctions on Russia in addition to Iran and North Korea, the bill would ...

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Trump Issues Statement Denouncing The “Deeply Flawed” Russian Sanctions Bill He Just Signed Into Law

Here’s the full text of the signing statement, which is apparently the second of two versions issued today: Today, I have signed into law H.R. 3364, the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.” While I favor tough measures to punish and deter aggressive and destabilizing behavior by Iran, North Korea, and Russia, this legislation is significantly flawed. In its haste ...

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Trump Signs Veto-Proof Russian Sanctions Bill

ABC News reports: President Trump today signed a bill aimed at punishing Russia for its interference in the 2016 election despite his reservations to tighten sanctions against Moscow. The legislation was passed with rare and overwhelming bipartisan support in Congress last week. The bill limits the president’s ability to lift or waive sanctions against Russia and keeps in place sanctions ...

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Scaramucci Denies Russian Hacking, Says Trump Won’t Have To Pardon Anyone, It’s “Nonsensical” [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci on Sunday said that President Trump does not have to pardon anyone in connection with the Russia investigation. During an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Scaramucci was asked about Trump’s tweet in which he said: “While all agree the U. S. President has the complete power to pardon, why ...

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UN Ambassador Nikki Haley Admits Trump Knows That Putin Lied To Him About Russian Election Meddling

Raw Story reports: Appearing on Face The Nation, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley washed her hands over the back and forth over between President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin, saying there was mutual deception going on. Speaking with host John Dickerson, the former governor of South Carolina was fairly blase about the meddling conversation between the two leaders despite ...

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Trump Contradicts Tillerson On Russian Sanctions

The Hill reports: President Trump on Sunday said he did not discuss new U.S. sanctions against Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin, contradicting Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. “Sanctions were not discussed at my meeting with President Putin. Nothing will be done until the Ukrainian & Syrian problems are solved!” Trump tweeted Sunday morning. Tillerson, however, told reporters Friday that ...

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Putin: Trump Believed My Election Hacking Denial

The Associated Press reports: Russian President Vladimir Putin says he thinks U.S. President Donald Trump believed his in-person denials of Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential vote. Putin spoke Saturday after the Group of 20 summit where he and Trump had their first face to face meeting. He said Trump asked him numerous questions about Russia’s alleged interference in the ...

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Rex Tillerson Claims Trump Opened G20 Meeting By Confronting Putin On Election Meddling, Putin Denied

The Associated Press reports: Tillerson says President Trump opened his meeting with Vladimir Putin raising concern about Russian interference in US election, and that Putin denied playing a role. Putin says he had a long conversation with President Donald Trump, and says that “many issues have piled up, including Ukraine, Syria, some bilateral and other issues.” He says he and ...

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Russia Suspected Of Hacking US Power Grid

The New York Times reports: Since May, hackers have been penetrating the computer networks of companies that operate nuclear power stations and other energy facilities, as well as manufacturing plants in the United States and other countries. Among the companies targeted was the Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation, which runs a nuclear power plant near Burlington, Kan., according to security ...

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Major Ransomware Attack Hits Firms Worldwide

The BBC reports: Companies across the globe are reporting that they have been struck by a major ransomware cyber-attack. British advertising agency WPP is among those to say its IT systems have been disrupted as a consequence. Ukrainian firms, including the state power company and Kiev’s main airport were among the first to report issues. The Chernobyl nuclear power plant ...

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