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Clinton, aides tried to use wireless devices in secure areas

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her aides tried to use personal hand-held electronic devices inside areas used to store classified information, according to the just-released State Department inspector general report. The Bureau of Diplomatic Security, the State Department’s security arm, told the inspector general that in March 2009 Mrs. Clinton rejected an offer from security officials to provide her with a secure government smartphone. “DS was informed that Secretary Clinton’s staff had been asking to use BlackBerry devices inside classified areas,” said the report, released late last month. Another portion…

Hillary Clinton aide says little thought was given to potential issues over private email

Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff at the State Department said in sworn testimony released Tuesday that Mrs. Clinton’s advisers gave little thought to the problems her private email server might create if they were forced to turn over her communications under public records law. “Certainly from my standpoint, I wish that had been something we thought about,” Cheryl D. Mills, who was chief of staff when Mrs. Clinton was secretary of state, testified in a deposition on Friday in a lawsuit against the State Department brought by a conservative legal group. Ms.…

This ‘demonically clever’ backdoor hides a tiny slice of a computer chip

Security flaws in software can be tough to find. Purposefully planted ones—hidden backdoors created by spies or saboteurs—are often even stealthier. Now imagine a backdoor planted not in an application, or deep in an operating system, but even deeper, in the hardware of the processor that runs a computer. And now imagine that silicon backdoor is invisible not only to the computer’s software, but even to the chip’s designer, who has no idea that it was added by the chip’s manufacturer, likely in some farflung Chinese factory. And that it’s…

Fed records show dozens of cyber security breaches

The U.S. Federal Reserve detected more than 50 cyber breaches between 2011 and 2015, with several incidents described internally as “espiopage,” according to Fed records. The central bank’s staff suspected hackers or spies in many of the incidents, the records show. The Fed’s computer systems play a critical role in global banking and hold confidential information on discussions about monetary policy that drives financial markets. The cybersecurity reports, obtained by Reuters through a Freedom of Information Act request, were heavily redacted by Fed officials to keep secret the central bank’s security procedures. Full…

Chinese telecom links to intelligence disclosed

The Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE and three related firms were slapped with Commerce Department economic sanctions March 8 for illicit transfers of goods containing U.S.-made products to Iran. But under pressure from China, the department suspended the sanctions on ZTE, a major producer of smartphones and telecommunications hardware, until June 30 and entered talks with the Chinese to try to resolve the dispute. As part of the scheme, ZTE used the cutout company Beijing 8-Star International to hide the sales. In addition to ZTE, the sanctioned firms include ZTE Kangxun Telecommunications Ltd.,…

Clinton failed to report several hacking attempts

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a secret email to conduct official business broke a number of department policies, an inspector general concluded in a report sent to Capitol Hill Wednesday that also suggests she used the account to try to hide her communications from the public. The 83-page report, obtained by The Washington Times, is devastating in its evaluation of Mrs. Clinton’s behavior, saying it can find no record of her getting approval from either security or legal staffers for her unique arrangement. The report also undercuts many…

Facebook admits rogue employees may have shown bias against conservatives

Facebook announced Monday it was sending employees out for retraining and would discontinue some of its practices as it sought to defend itself against charges of political bias against conservatives. The online giant denied that it’s shown “systematic political bias,” but admitted employees played a bigger role than previously acknowledged in determining what news is highlighted in the trending topics section. Facebook also acknowledged that it couldn’t rule out the possibility that rogue employees unintentionally discriminated against conservative stories or even acted with malice in “isolated improper actions.” Full story…
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‘Guccifer’ hacker who breached Clinton confidant enters guilty plea

A Romanian computer hacker who claimed to have accessed Hillary Clinton’s personal email server entered a guilty plea Wednesday in federal court to charges related to a cyber crimes that spawned upwards of 100 victims, including a close friend of the presumptive Democratic nominee for president. Marcel Lehel Lazar, a 44-year-old former taxi driver from Arad, Romania, pleaded guilty to unauthorized access to a protected computer and aggravated identity theft. He’ll face a maximum prison term of 7 years behind bars when he’s sentenced September 1. Using the alias “Guccifer,” Lazar admitted…