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Kaspersky banned from advertising on Twitter over security fears

“Russian cyber security giant Kaspersky has been banned from advertising on Twitter over claims its business practice “inherently conflicts” with Twitter’s advertising policies and concerns about the company’s links to Russian intelligence services” writes Matthew Field for telegraph.co.uk. The Russian anti-virus giant, founded by former Soviet intelligence officer Eugene Kaspersky, has been accused by US authorities over security fears that the company is too close, willingly or unwittingly, to Russian intelligence agencies…. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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British teen hacker made ‘I own you’ appear on US security chief’s home TV, court hears 

“A British teenager hacked into a US security chief’s home television and made the words “I own you” appear on screen, a court has heard” writes Telegraph Reporters for telegraph.co.uk. Kane Gamble, 18, rocked the US intelligence community when he blagged his way into top officials’ accounts in a campaign of “cyber terrorism”.Between June 2015 and February 2016, he accessed email and phone accounts to get his hands on “extremely sensitive” documents on military and intelligence operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Old Bailey was told. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt spent $45,000 to send a five-member advance team to Australia last year to prepare for a meeting that was later scrapped.

“Reuters obtained documents on Thursday detailing the Australia team’s mission, which included three members of Pruitt’s security detail and two aides” writes Ap Photo Susan for washingtonexaminer.com. The purpose of the mission was to set up meetings between Pruitt and Australian officials on environmental policy.He said the team adhered to federal travel policy in making the trip, although the EPA has “been unable to find a time to reschedule this meeting.”.  Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Exclusive: EPA chief’s aides, security agents made $45,000 trip to Australia

“The Republican-led House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is looking into Pruitt’s travel and security arrangements” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Two of his aides and three security agents flew to Australia last August on business-class tickets costing roughly $9,000 each to set up meetings for the EPA administrator.In addition to the three security agents, the team that went to Australia to prepare for Pruitt’s trip included his advance director, Millan Hupp, and Kevin Chmielewski, his deputy chief of staff at the time. Source: 95kqds.com Share This:

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Inspector general to investigate Scott Pruitt’s use of security detail on trips to Disneyland, Rose Bowl

“The Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general has opened another investigation into the behavior of Administrator Scott Pruitt, this one looking into his use of security detail on personal trips to Disneyland, the Rose Bowl and college basketball games” writes Carolyn Kaster Ap for washingtonexaminer.com. The EPA has spent about $3 million on Pruitt’s round-the-clock security detail, including travel and overtime pay.It also is investigating his spending on security. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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This handy graphic explains how federal security clearances really work

“In late February, more than 30 aides to President Donald Trump had their security clearances downgraded, losing their top-secret level access” writes Michal Kranz for businessinsider.com. White House senior adviser Jared Kushner was one of the most prominent individuals who lost their top-level clearance that month as the Trump administration has scrambled to contain the fallout from the ouster of former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, who worked closely with the president and handled classified material, but had been functioning under an interim security clearance.Even though using interim security…

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‘Unusual Surveillance Activity’ In DC; 4 Senators Demand Answers…

“A bipartisan group of senators sent a letter to Homeland Security asking for details about the cellular activity” reports fastcompany.com. The surveillance activity is akin to so-called stingrays that are used by law enforcement agencies to trick suspects’ cellphones into revealing their locations, according to Reuters. Source: fastcompany.com Share This:

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UN security team ‘shot at’ in Syria ahead of chemical weapons inspection

“A UN security team was fired at while on a reconnaissance mission in the Syrian town of Douma ahead of the deployment of experts investigating an alleged chemical attack, according to a UN official” writes Michael Deacon for telegraph.co.uk. The forward team had been assessing the security situation when they came under fire, though none were injured.Peter Wilson, Britain’s ambassador to the UN, told reporters in The Hague that the security team on Tuesday travelled to two sites in Douma, escorted by Russian security police. The Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons…

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Senators want to know more about cellphone surveillance in DC

“A group of four senators is asking the Department of Homeland Security to turn over more information about the possible use of devices that allow for surveillance of cellphone activity around Washington, D.C., according to a report” writes Jose Luis Magana for washingtonexaminer.com. The senators also noted that the Department of Homeland Security briefed other agencies about the possible use of cell-site simulators in February, but hasn’t released the details to the public.The Department of Homeland Security told Wyden in a letter last month it “observed anomalous activity in the…

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Tech Companies Sign Cybersecurity Tech Accord

“In addition to Microsoft and Facebook, 32 other companies signed the pledge, including Cisco, Juniper Networks, Oracle, Nokia, SAP, Dell and cyber security firms Symantec, FireEye and Trend Micro” writes Dustin Volz for reuters.com. SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Microsoft, Facebook and more than 30 other global technology companies on Tuesday announced a joint pledge not to assist any government in offensive cyber attacks. Major U.S. technology companies Amazon, Apple, Alphabet and Twitter also did not sign the pledge.The list of companies does not include any from Russia, China, Iran or…

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