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Military warns Chinese computer gear poses cyber spy threat

The Pentagon’s Joint Staff recently warned against using equipment made by China’s Lenovo computer manufacturer amid concerns about cyber spying against Pentagon networks, according to defense officials. A recent internal report produced by the J-2 intelligence directorate stated that cyber security officials are concerned that Lenovo computers and handheld devices could introduce compromised hardware into the Defense Department supply chain, posing cyber espionage risks, said officials familiar with the report. The “supply chain” is how the Pentagon refers to its global network of suppliers that provide key components for weapons and…

Clinton campaign tried to limit damage from classified info on email server

Documents from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign show researchers justified leaks of top secret data on drone strikes and North Korea’s nuclear program found on her private email server by highlighting similar disclosures. The detailed reports on the classified information found on Clinton’s private email system were produced by campaign researchers and sent to senior officials, including campaign chairman John Podesta, by opposition research director Tony Carrk on January 29. The documents were among thousands of hacked emails obtained from Podesta’s Gmail account and posted last week on Wikileaks. The U.S. intelligence community…

Obama vows retaliation for hack

The White House is promising unspecified retaliation against Russia for its hacking operation aimed at influencing the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. “The president has made it clear that we will take action to protect our interests, including in cyberspace, and we will do so at a time and place of our choosing,” a senior administration official told Inside the Ring. “Consistent with the practice we have adopted in the past, the public should not assume that they will necessarily know what actions have been taken or what actions we…

Pokemon Go security worries

The hugely popular augmented reality video game Pokemon GO, where users chase virtual creatures in the real world with handheld devices, is creating new security worries around the world, according to a State Department report. “What has become one of the world’s most popular mobile applications over the course of the summer is now causing headaches among security personnel in both the private sector and governments around the world,” the report by the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) says, adding that the game has “attracted controversy for contributing to security incidents…

Threats to network infrastructure grow

Computer network infrastructures are increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks, according to a warning sent by the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team. “The advancing capabilities of organized hacker groups and cyber adversaries create an increasing global threat to information systems,” the Sept. 20 alert states.
“The rising threat levels place more demands on security personnel and network administrators to protect information systems. Protecting the network infrastructure is critical to preserve the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of communication and services across an enterprise.” Network infrastructure is made up of linked devices that transport communications…

Stratcom nominee on growing cyber threats

The nominee to be the next U.S. Strategic Command commander warned that China and Russia pose growing threats to cyber space. “Our potential adversaries have studied the U.S. way of warfare and are actively developing asymmetric responses,” Air Force Gen. John Hyten told the Senate Armed Services Committee in written answers to questions. Asked to outline the main strategic threats, Hyten listed advanced ballistic and cruise missiles; counter-space capabilities; hypersonic weapons; unmanned aerial vehicles; and autonomous underwater vehicles. “I am also concerned about the growing cyber capabilities of advanced state actors, such as…

House intel report reveals Snowden damage

The House Intelligence Committee released an unclassified summary of the result of a two-year investigation into renegade National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. The report reveals that Russian intelligence gained access to the 1.5 million NSA documents Snowden pilfered from NSA and provided to anti-secrecy journalists. According to the report, in June 2016, the deputy chairman of the Russian parliamentary defense and security committee confirmed that Snowden provide the spy agencies with secrets. The official, Frants Klintsevich, told NPR: “Let’s be frank, Snowden did share intelligence. This is what security services do. If…

House seeks study into foreign purchases

A bipartisan group of House members wants the Government Accountability Office to study whether a Treasury Department-led government security panel needs to be bolstered to protect U.S. national security from threats posed by foreign acquisitions. The request was made in a letter from 16 members to the congressional watchdog agency last week to examine whether the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, known as CFIUS, needs to be strengthened. “There have not been substantial structural updates to CFIUS composition or authority since its inception, despite a rapidly changing foreign investment…