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to protect election systems from hacking, states are getting cozier with homelan


it might be a snow day in washington, but the senate intelligence committee hearing on election system security continued as planned. during wednesday’s hearing, homeland security secretary kirstjen nielsen and her predecessor jeh johnson appeared with a panel of state election officials to hash out the recommendations issued by the committee on tuesday.“this issue is urgent,” said senate intel chairman richard burr in his opening statements. “if we start to fix these problems tomorrow, we still might not be in time to save the system for [2018] and 2020.”the hearing often turned to what broke down during the 2016 election, describing the kind of measures and policies that need to be put in place to allow federal and state officials to communicate smoothly around future threats, including






senate intel committee gives homeland security its election security wish list –


in a press conference today, the senate select committee on intelligence presented its urgent recommendations for protecting election systems as the u.s. moves toward midterm elections later this year.“currently we have an election upon us, and the past tells us that the future will probably hold another set of threats if we are not prepared,” senator kamala harris said.the bipartisan committee offered a set of measures to defend domestic election infrastructure against hostile foreign nations.before launching into the findings from its committee-wide examination of current practices, written up in an accompanying report, the group emphasized that states are “firmly in the lead” in conducting elections, although the federal government should work closely to provide funds and information.al






senate intel committee subpoenas flynn for russia docs


according to a publicized press release, the senate intelligence committee has subpoenaed former national security advisor michael flynn for russia-related documents.the statement says that the committee is subpoenaing flynn for “documents relevant to the committee’s investigation into russia interference with the 2016 election”.it also states that the committee “first requested these documents in an april 28, 2017 letter to lieutenant general flynn, but he declined, through counsel, to cooperate with the committee’s request”.read the entire press release below, via twitter.breaking: the senate intel cmte has issued a subpoena to michael flynn for docs related to their russia investigation: pic.twitter.com/trncymjbn7— frank thorp v (@frankthorp) may 10, 2017






ex-obama homeland security chief to face intelligence panel


washington — former homeland security secretary jeh johnson says the russian government at president vladimir putin's direction clearly conducted cyberattacks on the united states to influence the presidential election, but the assault did not change ballots, the final count or the reporting of election results.in prepared testimony, johnson described the steps he took once he learned of the hacking of the democratic national committee, his fears about a cyberattack on the election itself and his rationale for designating u.s. election systems, including polling places and voter registration databases, as critical infrastructure in early january — two weeks before president donald trump's inauguration.johnson, who worked for democratic president barack obama, is slated to testify on wednes






ex-obama homeland security chief to face intelligence panel


washington (ap) — former homeland security secretary jeh johnson says the russian government at president vladimir putin’s direction clearly conducted cyberattacks on the united states to influence the presidential election, but the assault did not change ballots, the final count or the reporting of election results.in prepared testimony, johnson described the steps he took once he learned of the hacking of the democratic national committee, his fears about a cyberattack on the election itself and his rationale for designating u.s. election systems, including polling places and voter registration databases, as critical infrastructure in early january — two weeks before president donald trump’s inauguration.johnson, who worked for democratic president barack obama, is slated to testify on w






jeh johnson, former dhs chief, to testify before house intel committee


washington -- former homeland security secretary jeh johnson is set to testify in public before the house intelligence committee on wednesday about russia's efforts to meddle in the 2016 u.s. presidential election. the hearing, scheduled for 10 a.m., comes after testimony from attorney general jeff sessions this week and former fbi director james comey last week before the senate. both hearings touched on the federal investigation into russian interference and possible collusion between trump campaign officials and russian officials. johnson led the department of homeland security amid russian cyberattacks against the democratic national committee (dnc) and hillary clinton's campaign chairman john podesta, as well as attacks against state election databases last year. he advised states on






the latest: johnson learned well after of dnc systems breach


washington — the latest on former homeland security secretary jeh johnson's testimony before the house intelligence committee (all times local):10:50 a.m.former homeland security chief jeh johnson says he was not happy that he learned well after the fact that the democratic national committee's computer systems had been hacked.johnson, who served in the post until january, says he became aware of the compromise "sometime in 2016." he says he pressed his staff to know whether the department of homeland security "was sufficiently proactive, and on the scene helping the dnc identify the intruders and patch vulnerabilities."but he says the answer wasn't reassuring. says johnson: "the fbi and the dnc had been in contact with each other months before about the intrusion, and the dnc did not feel






mike flynn will turn over documents to senate intel committee: wsj


facebook, u.s. newsmike flynn will turn over documents to senate intel committee: wsjelizabeth preza30 may 2017 at 18:21 etembattled former national security adviser mike flynn will comply with a senate intelligence committee’s subpoena to turn over documents related to his businesses, the wall street journal reports.the committee—which is conducting one of three investigations into russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with the trump campaign—originally subpoenaed the documents from flynn personally. he refused to cooperate, pleading the fifth. the committee then subpoenaed the documents from flynn’s businesses, which experts said were not protected by the fifth amendment.report typos and corrections to [email protected]new york gov. cuomo hires trump






homeland officials to talk election security


washington — senators are expected to press homeland security secretary kirstjen nielsen on the department's efforts to secure state election systems as the senate intelligence committee launches an effort to safeguard against foreign meddling in this year's elections.nielsen will testify wednesday along with jeh johnson, who was president barack obama's head of homeland security when russian agents targeted election systems in 21 states ahead of the 2016 general election. senators on the panel have criticized both administrations for not moving quickly enough to stem the russian threat.the hearing follows a tuesday news conference in which committee members from both parties said government efforts to protect state and local elections from russian cyberattacks haven't gone far enough. fed






senate panel approves trump choice to lead homeland security


washington (ap) — a key senate committee has approved president donald trump’s choice to lead the department of homeland security.the senate homeland security and government affairs committee approved kirstjen (keer’-stehn) nielsen’s nomination 11-4 on tuesday. the panel’s chairman, republican sen. ron johnson of wisconsin, says the full senate could vote on nielsen’s nomination by the end of november.nielsen is a former staffer at dhs who now serves as deputy white house chief of staff.democrats complained that nielsen lacked the experience needed to run a major agency. they also cited concerns about possible white house interference in a recent dhs decision to send home thousands of nicaraguans long granted u.s. protection.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeksjohnson






hacking attempts on 21 states are tied to russia


eric thayer, bloomberg via getty imagessamuel liles, acting director of the cyber division with the office of intelligence and analysis department at the department of homeland security (dhs), speaks during a senate intelligence committee hearing in washington, d.c., u.s., on wednesday, june 21, 2017. senators on the intelligence committee pressed administration officials wednesday to disclose more about the extent of russian hacking attempts during last year’s election after the government disclosed that 21 states had been targeted.by matt zapotosky and karoun demirjian, the washington postwashington – people connected to the russian government tried to hack election-related computer systems in 21 states, a department of homeland security official testified wednesday.samuel liles, the dep






homeland officials to talk election security


washington (ap) — senators are expected to press homeland security secretary kirstjen nielsen on the department’s efforts to secure state election systems as the senate intelligence committee launches an effort to safeguard against foreign meddling in this year’s elections.nielsen will testify wednesday along with jeh johnson, who was president barack obama’s head of homeland security when russian agents targeted election systems in 21 states ahead of the 2016 general election. senators on the panel have criticized both administrations for not moving quickly enough to stem the russian threat.the hearing follows a tuesday news conference in which committee members from both parties said government efforts to protect state and local elections from russian cyberattacks haven’t gone far enough






mike flynn will turn over documents to senate intel committee: wsj


embattled former national security adviser mike flynn will comply with a senate intelligence committee’s subpoena to turn over documents related to his businesses, the wall street journal reports.the committee—which is conducting one of three investigations into russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with the trump campaign—originally subpoenaed the documents from flynn personally. he refused to cooperate, pleading the fifth. the committee then subpoenaed the documents from flynn’s businesses, which experts said were not protected by the fifth amendment.






minnesota’s elections chief gets ‘secret’ security clearance


st. paul, minn. (ap) — minnesota’s chief elections officer says he has been working closely with the department of homeland security to protect the integrity of the state’s balloting process from outside attackers, as concern grows about russian targeting of election infrastructure in the u.s.minnesota secretary of state steve simon even got a security clearance of “secret” this month. he’s one of 20 state election officials nationwide with one. a notch below “top secret,” it lets the feds share information that if improperly disclosed “could reasonably be expected to cause serious damage to the national security of the united states,” by the official definition. it shows what a serious business election security has become.just last week, senate intelligence committee leaders said efforts






homeland security clarifying state election hacking attempts


the department of homeland security has notified two states that russian hackers attempted to scan networks other than state election systems in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, contrary to details provided last week.on wednesday, california became the second state — after wisconsin — to be notified of the revised intelligence.california secretary of state alex padilla says in a statement that homeland security officials now say the “scanning” activity took place on the state technology department’s network and not on the secretary of state website, as the state was told last week.homeland security last week notified election officials in 21 states that their systems were targeted last year “by russian government cyber actors seeking vulnerabilities and access to u.s. election






minnesota's elections chief gets 'secret' security clearance


st. paul, minn. — minnesota's chief elections officer says he has been working closely with the department of homeland security to protect the integrity of the state's balloting process from outside attackers, as concern grows about russian targeting of election infrastructure in the u.s.minnesota secretary of state steve simon even got a security clearance of "secret" this month. he's one of 20 state election officials nationwide with one. a notch below "top secret," it lets the feds share information that if improperly disclosed "could reasonably be expected to cause serious damage to the national security of the united states," by the official definition. it shows what a serious business election security has become.just last week, senate intelligence committee leaders said efforts to p






suffolk top cop testifies before congress on ms-13 gang


advertisement | advertise on newsdaysuffolk county police commissioner timothy sini testified before the senate committee on homeland security and governmental affairs, on wednesday, may 24, 2017, about the recent spike in ms-13 gang violence in the county. (credit: news 12 long island) suffolk county police commissioner timothy sini testified before a senate panel wednesday morning, telling lawmakers that the ms-13 street gang has been linked to 17 homicides in the past 17 months in suffolk and has preyed on “our most vulnerable, the young people.”sini testified before the senate homeland security and governmental affairs committee, saying he welcomed the opportunity to...






two more cabinet nominees a nce to vote by full senate


the nominations of two of president donald trump’s cabinet picks -- scott pruitt for the environmental protection agency and mick mulvaney for the office of mana ent and budget -- will a nce to a vote by the full senate after committee votes held thursday.a day after delaying its vote because of senate democrats’ boycott, the senate environment and public works committee voted -- still with no democrats present -- to send pruitt’s nomination to the full senate.pruitt’s nomination a nced with 11 votes (all republicans) to zero, since no democrats attended the vote. gop members of the committee changed the rules to allow for a vote without democrats present, as other committees have done recently to a nce nominees like treasury pick steven mnuchin and health and human services pick tom price






voting machine makers explain what they do (and don’t do) to make sure no one ha


as the house and senate continue to examine the wave of disinformation around the 2016 presidential election, concerns around the security of voting systems examine something even more germane to the u.s. democratic system.in early october, senate intel committee member and oregon senator ron wyden issued a letter to the nation’s six major voting machine makers calling on them to issue details on their security practices and assurances that they were taking voting integrity seriously moving forward.abiding by the october 31 deadline, voting machine makers dominion voting, election systems & software (es&s) , five cedars group, hart intercivic and unisyn voting solutions have responded, though some of the details are far from reassuring.dominion voting reports that it “is not aware of any i






voting machine makers explain what they do (and don’t do) to make sure no one ha


as the house and senate continue to examine the wave of disinformation around the 2016 presidential election, concerns around the security of voting systems examine something even more germane to the u.s. democratic system.in early october, senate intel committee member and oregon senator ron wyden issued a letter to the nation’s six major voting machine makers calling on them to issue details on their security practices and assurances that they were taking voting integrity seriously moving forward.abiding by the october 31 deadline, voting machine makers dominion voting, election systems & software (es&s) , five cedars group, hart intercivic and unisyn voting solutions have responded, though some of the details are far from reassuring.dominion voting reports that it “is not aware of any i






wall won't span the entire u.s.-mexico border, homeland security secretary conce


president trump's central campaign promise -- a "big beautiful wall" along the border with mexico -- will not actually stretch across the entire border, homeland security secretary john kelly told a senate committee wednesday."it's unlikely that we will build a wall or physical barrier from sea to shining sea," kelly testified to the senate homeland security committee."but it is very likely -- i'm committed to putting it where the men and women say we should put it," he said, referring to immigration and border enforcement agents.kelly's statement was the administration's clearest official acknowledgement that there will be no wall along the entire border, something he and other officials have suggested somewhat less directly in other forums.throughout the campaign, trump had insisted that






‘business does not have a right to take the fifth’


senate intelligence committee ranking democrat mark warner (d-va) on tuesday revealed the committee has issued two more subpoenas against retired gen. michael flynn, this time targeting donald trump’s former national security adviser’s businesses.the committee, which is investigating russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion with the trump campaign, issued the subpoenas after flynn declined to provide documents related to his financial ties to russia.“while we disagree with gen. flynn’s lawyer’s interpretation of taking the fifth, it is even more clear that a business does not have a right to take the fifth, it is a corporation,” warner said tuesday during a joint press conference with senate intel committee chairman sen. richard burr (r-nc).“those subpoenas, one has






senate panel approves trump choice to lead homeland security


washington — a key senate committee on tuesday approved president donald trump's choice to lead the department of homeland security.the senate homeland security and government affairs committee approved kirstjen nielsen's nomination, 11-4. the panel's chairman, sen. ron johnson, r-wis., said the full senate could vote on nielsen's nomination by the end of november.nielsen, 45, is a former staffer at dhs who now serves as deputy white house chief of staff.democrats complained that she lacked the experience needed to run a major agency with 240,000 employees. they also cited concerns about possible white house interference in a recent dhs decision to send home thousands of nicaraguans long granted u.s. protection.johnson dismissed those concerns and said nielsen's boss, white house chief of






no wall along the entire mexican border, homeland security secretary concedes


president trump's central campaign promise -- a "big beautiful wall" along the border with mexico -- will not actually stretch across the entire border, homeland security secretary john kelly told a senate committee wednesday."it's unlikely that we will build a wall or physical barrier from sea to shining sea," kelly testified to the senate homeland security committee."but it is very likely -- i'm committed to putting it where the men and women say we should put it," he said, referring to the agents involved in immigration and border enforcement.kelly's statement was the administration's clearest official acknowledgement that there will be no wall along the entire border, something he and other officials have suggested somewhat less directly in other forums.throughout the campaign, trump h






michael flynn could face up to a year in jail for failing to comply with senate


u.s. senate intelligence committee chair richard burr (r-nc) on thursday said former national security adviser michael flynn will not honor a subpoena for russian investigation documents, though he later clarified he has yet to receive a “definitive answer.”burr: flynn's lawyers refused to honor subpoena from senate intelligence committee— jamie dupree (@jamiedupree) may 18, 2017oh … pic.twitter.com/vnd2rrcb1t— chris geidner (@chrisgeidner) may 18, 2017“general flynn’s lawyers said he will not honor the subpoena, and that’s not a surprise to the committee,” burr said. “but we’ll figure out on general flynn what the next step—if any—is.”flynn’s refusal would put him in contempt of congress, a crime for which the former national security adviser could be jailed up to 12 months.the committee






former homeland secretary says fbi delayed notification of cyber hack


former homeland security secretary jeh johnson told a congressional panel on wednesday that there was a delay between the time the fbi first made contact with the democratic national committee about russia hacking its servers and the time he was notified at the department of homeland security.johnson, who served under president barack obama, was testifying about alleged russian meddling in the 2016 u.s. presidential election.the department of homeland security issued warnings about hacking into voter registration databases, but johnson said the notices did not get the attention he would have liked.johnson blamed the emergence of a 2005 tape, in which donald trump brags about sexually assaulting women, for distracting the american public at the time of the warnings.asked why the obama admin






flynn will hand over some requested documents to senate intelligence committee


former national security adviser michael flynn will provide some of the documents requested by the senate intelligence committee, as it investigates russian election meddling and any ties between russia and trump associates, an individual familiar with the matter confirmed to cbs news. a person close to flynn told the associated press he will turn over documents related to two of his businesses as well as some personal documents the committee requested earlier this month. the person says flynn plans to produce documents by next week. the person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss flynn's private interactions with the committee.flynn's decision comes after he invoked his fifth amendment protection against self-incrimination in declining an earlier request from the committee. flynn's






centrify gives states a deal on identity management software to secure midterm e


to secure u.s. election systems from the very real threat of targeted cyberattacks, states might need to reframe their security practices to look more like they would in a tightly-controlled corporate environment.to that end, centrify, an enterprise cloud-based identity management company, is extending its security offerings to help states cover their bases as part of a “secure the vote” initiative. the company is encouraging state and local election boards to employ its services for basic security measures like multi-factor authentication and user privilege management — two easy steps that could thwart potential attacks. to coordinate with states, centrify is working with the department of homeland security on the budget and procurement processes as states begin to work more closely with






centrify gives states a deal on identity management software to secure midterm e


to secure u.s. election systems from the very real threat of targeted cyberattacks, states might need to reframe their security practices to look more like they would in a tightly controlled corporate environment.to that end, centrify, an enterprise cloud-based identity management company, is extending its security offerings to help states cover their bases as part of a “secure the vote” initiative. the company is encouraging state and local election boards to employ its services for basic security measures like multi-factor authentication and user privilege management — two easy steps that could thwart potential attacks. to coordinate with states, centrify is working with the department of homeland security on the budget and procurement processes as states begin to work more closely with






report: flynn will hand over some requested documents to senate intelligence com


ousted former national security adviser michael flynn will provide some of the documents requested by the senate intelligence committee, as it investigates russian election meddling and any ties between russia and trump associates, the associated press reports.a person close to flynn told the associated press he will turn over documents related to two of his businesses as well as some personal documents the committee requested earlier this month. the person says flynn plans to produce documents by next week. the person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss flynn's private interactions with the committee.flynn's decision comes after he invoked his fifth amendment protection against self-incrimination in declining an earlier request from the committee. flynn's attorneys had argued the e






report: flynn will hand over some requested documents to senate intelligence com


ousted former national security adviser michael flynn will provide some of the documents requested by the senate intelligence committee, as it investigates russian election meddling and any ties between russia and trump associates, the associated press reports.a person close to flynn told the associated press he will turn over documents related to two of his businesses as well as some personal documents the committee requested earlier this month. the person says flynn plans to produce documents by next week. the person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss flynn's private interactions with the committee.flynn's decision comes after he invoked his fifth amendment protection against self-incrimination in declining an earlier request from the committee. flynn's attorneys had argued the e






russian hackers targeted 21 us states during election: us official


russian hackers targeted 21 u.s. states’ election systems in last year’s presidential race, a department of homeland security official told congress on wednesday.jeanette manfra, the department’s acting deputy undersecretary of cyber security, would not identify which states had been targeted, citing confidentiality agreements. she reiterated that there was no evidence that any actual votes were manipulated.“as of right now, we have evidence that election-related systems in 21 states were targeted,” manfra told the senate intelligence committee, which investigating russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election. systems were breached in a smaller number of states, she said, but did not give a specific figure.department officials had said about 20 states had been probed by hackers work






michael flynn to decline senate intel committee subpoena, invoke 5th amendment l


the top democrat on a house oversight committee said documents he’s reviewed suggest that former national security adviser michael flynn lied to federal security clearance investigators about the source of payments flynn received from a russian state-sponsored television network.rep. elijah cummings of maryland says flynn told the investigators during an early 2016 security clearance review that a trip to moscow was “funded by u.s. companies.” cummings says the actual source of the funds was “the russian media propaganda arm, rt.”cummings made the statements in a letter to rep. jason chaffetz, the utah republican and chairman of the house oversight committee. cummings’ letter came the same day flynn declined to provide documents to the senate intelligence committee, citing his fifth amendm






senate intelligence leaders aim to prevent election hacking


washington — with the 2018 primary season already underway, leaders of the senate intelligence committee are launching an effort to protect u.s. elections from a repeat episode of foreign interference.senate intelligence committee chairman richard burr of north carolina and virginia sen. mark warner, the top democrat on the panel, will preview some of the committee's recommendations for improving the nation's election infrastructure at a news conference tuesday. on wednesday, the committee will hold a hearing examining attempted hacks on state elections systems in 2016 and the federal and state response to those efforts.the committee has prepared a larger report on the issue, one of what could be several reports to come out of the committee's investigation into russian meddling in the 2016






house intel panel to issue subpoenas for flynn material


washington — the ranking democrat on the house intelligence committee says the panel will be issuing subpoenas to get former national security adviser michael flynn to cooperate with its investigation into russian activities during the 2016 election.rep. adam schiff of california told reporters at a breakfast wednesday that flynn has declined to provide materials to the committee. he says the committee will be "following up with subpoenas" to maximize the chances of getting information from flynn.president donald trump fired flynn for making misleading statements to vice president michael pence about his contacts with russian officials.flynn has become a target of probes being conducted in the house, senate and the fbi.the senate intelligence committee also has issued subpoenas to flynn to






lawmakers decry trump's proposed cuts in homeland spending


washington — homeland security secretary john kelly is defending president donald trump's proposed budget cuts, even as he tells congress that the united states "cannot invest too much in security" after recent terrorist attacks in europe.trump proposed a budget last month that would cut nearly $700 million from grant programs for local first responders. overall, homeland security would face a reduction of 3.2 percent.house republicans and democrats on wednesday raised concerns about the proposed cuts.rep. bennie thompson, the top democrat on the homeland security committee, says local communities in his home state of mississippi say they're not sure they'll be able to keep residents safe if the cuts go through.kelly says the president's budget recognizes current fiscal realities as well a






local voting districts seen as crucial to election security


conyers, ga. (ap) — the election system is the u.s. is so decentralized that 10,000 jurisdictions oversee voting on election day. that’s a good thing and a bad thing.it could help thwart a coordinated, large-scale effort by hackers to manipulate the outcome of a presidential race. but it also could provide a multitude of opportunities for someone bent on causing mischief.amid suspicions that moscow has been meddling in u.s. politics, the homeland security department is working closely with states and local governments to tighten election security.christina a. cassidy






russian government actors tried to hack election systems in 21 states, homeland


by matt zapotosky, (c) 2017, the washington postwashington – people connected to the russian government tried to hack election-related computer systems in 21 states, a department of homeland security official testified wednesday.samuel liles, the department of homeland security’s acting director of the office of intelligence and analysis cyber division, said vote tallying mechanisms were unaffected, and the hackers appeared to be scanning for vulnerabilities – which liles likened to walking down the street and looking at homes to see who might be inside.but hackers successfully exploited a “small number” of networks, liles said, likening the act to making it through a home’s front door.liles was testifying before the senate intelligence committee, which is investigating russia’s efforts to






john cornyn: senate intel will investigate unmasking, russian intervention


playvideoface the nationintel committee member: no question putin is trying to undermine our democracy sen. john cornyn, member of the senate intel committee, says the investigation into russian ties with the trump administration is a legitimate ar... washington -- sen. john cornyn, r-texas, said sunday that the senate intelligence committee will investigate the possibility that u.s. officials unmasked members of president trump’s white house in a surveillance sweep, as well as russian meddling in the election.“well, i do think they are connected,” cornyn, who is senate majority whip and a senate intelligence committee member,said on cbs news’ “face the nation.” “and they both will be the subject of our inquiry on the senate intelligence committee. obviously anytime anybody jeopardizes the






john cornyn: senate intel will investigate unmasking, russian intervention


playvideoface the nationintel committee member: no question putin is trying to undermine our democracy sen. john cornyn, member of the senate intel committee, says the investigation into russian ties with the trump administration is a legitimate ar... washington -- sen. john cornyn, r-texas, said sunday that the senate intelligence committee will investigate the possibility that u.s. officials unmasked members of president trump’s white house in a surveillance sweep, as well as russian meddling in the election.“well, i do think they are connected,” cornyn, who is senate majority whip and a senate intelligence committee member,said on cbs news’ “face the nation.” “and they both will be the subject of our inquiry on the senate intelligence committee. obviously anytime anybody jeopardizes the






u.s. senate votes to oust russian security software vendor kaspersky from federa


following a directive from the department of homeland security last week banning the use of kaspersky lab security software in the executive branch, the u.s. senate has followed suit. on monday, the senate passed an amendment against kaspersky lab pushed forward by new hampshire democrat jeanne shaheen.the amendment was attached to the national defense authorization act (ndaa) following a voice vote adding it to the bill on thursday. shaheen, a member of the senate armed services committee, wrote an op-ed in the new york times arguing for kaspersky’s removal earlier this month.“i’m very pleased that the senate has acted in a bipartisan way on my amendment that removes a real vulnerability to our national security,” shaheen said in a press release addressing the legislation. “i applaud the






intel enlisting hardware partner help in testing spectre patch fix


it turns out that intel’s fix for its processor security issues needs a fix of its own. in a statement released on jan. 22, intel senior vice president navin shenoy, reversed course in an update that tells intel customers to stop applying patches to fix a speculative execution flaw, widely known as spectre. according to a note released by shenoy, intel has discovered the root cause of a series of random reboots that has afflicted servers running mostly older intel processors. shenoy said that intel is now testing the fix to earlier the spectre microcode patch caused problems and is asking its hardware partners to help with the testing. “over the weekend, we began rolling out an early version of the updated solution to industry partners for testing, and we will make a final release availabl






paul manafort sends docs to senate intel for russia probe


paul manafort, president trump's former campaign chairman, has sent documents to the senate intelligence committee related to its investigation of russian interference in the 2016 u.s. election, cbs news confirmed monday. an individual familiar with manafort's thinking says he is "cooperating" with senate investigators and will "volunteer to be interviewed."trump confidante roger stone also said monday that he has handed over all documents "consistent with their specific request." "i have fully complied with their request," stone said. "i have given them nothing that establishes any improper collusion with the russians."this comes as former national security adviser michael flynn invoked his fifth amendment protection against self-incrimination, notifying the senate intelligence committee






intel, microsoft launch new bug bounty programs


nopsec intel and microsoft have launched new bug bounty programs with thousands of dollars on offer for the most dangerous bugs.intel revealed the new bug bounty program will be hosted on hackerone at the cansecwest security conference on wednesday. while old hat for companies including microsoft, facebook, and google, the scheme is the first of its kind for the tech giant.more security news"we want to encourage researchers to identify issues and bring them to us directly so that we can take prompt steps to evaluate and correct them, and we want to recognize researchers for the work that they put in when researching a vulnerability," intel said. "by partnering constructively with the security research community, we believe we will be better able to protect our customers."intel says the "ha






mcafee once again operating as an independent security vendor


six years after intel completed its $7.68 billion acquisition of security vendor mcafee, mcafee today is now once again its own independent company. intel had announced its intention to spin-out the mcafee business in september 2016, with intel selling a 51 percent stake in the company to private-equity firm tpg for $3.1 billion in cash.the newly independent mcafee is now marking a new chapter in its corporate history as the company looks to focus on the evolving challenges of the increasingly hostile it security market. the new mcafee is led by chris young,  who had been leading the unit as the senior vice president and general manager of intel security. in a february 2017 interview with eweek, young said that the new mcafee would be 100 percent dedicated to cyber-security.steve grobman,






the latest: senators upbeat about special counsel meeting


washington — the latest on former homeland security secretary jeh johnson's testimony before the house intelligence committee (all times local):3:35 p.m.members of the senate judiciary committee say they've had a productive meeting with robert mueller, the special counsel investigating potential ties between russia and the trump campaign.a group of lawmakers, including the committee's chairman and top democrat, met with mueller on wednesday to ensure that their separate investigations would not interfere with each other.they say "both parties have committed to keeping an open dialogue."separately, acting fbi director andrew mccabe told the house appropriations committee he is confident that mueller is receiving the resources he needs for the investigation.___3:05 p.m.special counsel robert






michael flynn negotiating with intel committees, seeks protection, lawyer says


washington -- michael flynn, president trump’s embattled former national security adviser, is in ongoing negotiations with the senate and house intelligence committees about testifying in their investigations into russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.flynn’s lawyer, robert kelner, verified that talks between flynn and both committees are taking place, although kelner did not specify the nature of the negotiations. playvideocbs evening newsrussian misinformation tactics revealed in senate hearing the senate intelligence committee began hearings on russian meddling in the u.s. election by an army of hackers. experts revealed parts of russia... flynn “has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit,” kelner said in a statement. “no rea






former homeland security chief jeh johnson testifies before house intel committe


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intel ceo: meltdown and spectre patches will come to 90%+ of chips in the next w


with the microchip processing industry facing perhaps its biggest security scare in its history, the ceo of one of the world’s biggest chipmakers, brian krzanich of intel, took to the stage at a keynote at ces to say a few words about the news before launching into his planned announcements covering areas like automotive, ai and entertainment.“i want to thank the industry for coming together to address the recent security, industry-wide issue. security is job number one for intel and our industry,” he said. “the primary focus for us has to keep our customer data safe.”he said that intel had not  received any information that any data has been compromised on its chips to date. “we are working tirelessly to make sure it stays that way,” he added.he also said that intel expects to issue updat






flynn to hand over documents after senate panel's subpoena


by karoun demirjian, (c) 2017, the washington postformer national security adviser michael flynn will hand over documents and records to the senate intelligence committee in response to a set of subpoenas for information from his businesses and personal files related to the committee’s probe of alleged russian meddling in the 2016 election, according to a person close to flynn.lawyers for flynn’s team sent the committee a written response tuesday indicating that flynn would begin providing records in response to subpoenas by june 6, the deadline to start turning over such information. flynn was required to indicate by tuesday whether he intended to comply with the records request.the subpoenas were issued for two companies flynn owns, flynn intel group inc. and flynn intel group llc. the c