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Mueller Plans to Question the 'Hollywood Madame'

Kristin Davis is close friends with Roger Stone

(Newser) - Next up, the "Hollywood Madame": Robert Mueller's team has told Kristin Davis that they want to sit down and talk, the Washington Post reports. Mueller's people are expected to question Davis—who's known for her pricey 2000s prostitution ring linked to the downfall of Elliot Spitzer—... More »

Trump Now Holds Putin 'Responsible'

Trump continues to turn 'would' into 'wouldn't'

(Newser) - Head on a swivel, people: President Trump now says he would hold Vladimir Putin personally responsible for Russian meddling in the 2016 election, CNN reports. Trump—who said two days ago that "I don't see any reason why it would be Russia" and then added a key contraction... More »

Russian Bots Poised to Target US Midterm Elections

A site linked to the 2016 meddling claims to provide 'objective and independent" information'

(Newser) - An array of Russia-linked bots, trolls, and sites like one called USAReally appear to be testing the waters for pulling off meddling similar to that seen in the 2016 presidential election in the upcoming midterms, reports the AP . USAReally was launched in May by the Federal News Agency, part of... More »

Russia Not Hacking Election on 'Scale and Scope' of '16: Nielsen

But DHS secretary says she's seeing 'persistent Russian efforts' to 'sow discord'

(Newser) - There are no signs Russia is targeting the 2018 midterm elections for cyberattacks with the "scale and scope" it used in 2016, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told a conference of state secretaries of state and other high-ranking election officials on Saturday. She added, however, that US intelligence officials... More »

US Indicts 12 Russians in 2016 Election Hack

Intelligence officers allegedly got into Democratic emails

(Newser) - President Trump will have a talking point when he meets with Vladimir Putin in a few days: Twelve Russian intelligence officers were indicted on charges they hacked into Democratic email accounts during the 2016 US presidential election and released stolen information in the months before Americans headed to the polls,... More »

Russians Posed as ISIS Hackers to Threaten US Military Wives

'Bloody Valentine's Day!' they wrote

(Newser) - Army wife Angela Ricketts was soaking in a bubble bath in her Colorado home, leafing through a memoir, when a message appeared on her iPhone from hackers threatening to slaughter her family. "Dear Angela!" the Facebook message read. "Bloody Valentine's Day!" Ricketts was one of... More »

Report: Guccifer a Russian Spy Who Forgot to Use His VPN

Daily Beast has the scoop on supposed 'lone' hacker who might be Russian intelligence

(Newser) - It's hard to beat a Russian spy at his or her own game, but sometimes all it takes is forgetting to use one's anonymity shroud online. That's per Mashable , which offers a condensed breakdown of the Daily Beast 's deeper dive into a startling claim about... More »

Trump: 'They're Laughing Their Asses Off in Moscow'

President is continuing his Twitter rant about Russian meddling

(Newser) - President Trump continued to vent his Saturday night fury over the Russia probe into Sunday, reports the AP , arguing that the Obama administration bears some of the blame, insisting that he never denied the election meddling, and declaring that "they are laughing their asses off in Moscow." In... More »

'I Am Ashamed,' Read the Email. Then Facebook's Problems Grew

An 11K-word 'Wired' piece delves into Facebook's 'tumultuous two years'

(Newser) - "I am disappointed. I am embarrassed. I am ashamed." So read an email Roger McNamee sent to Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg just days before the 2016 election. McNamee is the Zuckerberg mentor who convinced the Facebook CEO to hire Sandberg in the first place, and as an... More »

As Russians Hacked US Officials, FBI Was Silent: Report

Only 2 out of 80 Americans targeted by Fancy Bear were warned: AP investigation

(Newser) - The FBI failed to notify scores of US officials that Russian hackers were trying to break into their Gmail accounts despite having evidence for at least a year that the targets were in the Kremlin's crosshairs, the AP has found. Nearly 80 interviews with Americans targeted by Fancy Bear,... More »

NSA Contractor Brought Classified Info Home. Russians Got It: Report

Sources say data breach compromises US cyber defense

(Newser) - A National Security Agency contractor who apparently wanted to get a little extra work done from home inadvertently provided highly classified material to the Russian government, the Wall Street Journal states in an exclusive report. Unnamed sources say an NSA contractor brought the material home with him in 2015 where... More »

Report Exposes Super-Secret CIA Memo on Putin

Washington Post takes in-depth look at US response to Russian hacking

(Newser) - The Washington Post takes an in-depth look at how the US investigation into Russian hacking of the 2016 election unfolded, with a particular focus on the Obama administration's response. It includes a damning quote from an anonymous former Obama official: "It is the hardest thing about my entire... More »

Russians Likely Breached Your State's Voting System

Bloomberg reports that 39 states saw intrusions

(Newser) - A report at Bloomberg puts a rather startling number on the extent of Russian hacking in the 2016 election: 39. As in, 39 states saw Russian intrusions of some kind into their voting databases or election software systems, according to the report. The states aren't listed, but that number... More »

Russian Hackers Lurk in Britney Spears' Instagram

Instructions for malware hidden in spam-like comments

(Newser) - Britney Spears has become the unwitting accomplice of Russian hackers. It seems that one group in particular, called Turla, puts comments on her Instagram posts that seem like spam but are actually a kind of hidden code that provide instructions for its malware, reports security company ESET . As Engadget explains,... More »

Putin: Maybe Some 'Patriotic' Russian Hackers Were at Work

But he insists that Moscow did not sanction any state meddling in US election

(Newser) - US intelligence agencies have accused Russia of hacking into Democratic Party emails, helping to seal President Trump's election victory, but Vladimir Putin insisted Thursday that the Russian state has never engaged in hacking—and scoffed at allegations that hackers could influence the outcome of US elections. Speaking at a... More »

Report: DNC Hackers Targeted French Candidate, Too

Phishing scheme was unsuccessful, officials say

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton says she lost the 2016 election due in part to the hacking of the Democratic National Committee. Emmanuel Macron, on the other hand, looks poised to become France's next president despite a seemingly similar effort to derail his campaign. According to cybersecurity firm Trend Micro, Macron—who... More »

Eye on Nunes Chaos, Senate Vows to Chase Russia Intel

Senators vow a fair, bipartisan investigation into potential election tampering

(Newser) - The heads of the Senate Intelligence Committee set a ground rule before taking questions on their investigation into alleged Russian election interference: Don't ask about the increasingly chaotic House investigation. At a Wednesday press conference, Republican committee chairman Sen. Richard Burr and Democratic vice chair Sen. Mark Warner promised... More »

Manhunt for the Creator of a Malware 'Masterpiece'

Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev is known as Russia's 'most notorious hacker'

(Newser) - Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, once described by a cybersecurity expert as the "most prolific bank robber in the world," ended up on a different list altogether in December: as one of the individuals noted in then-President Obama's sanctions against Russia for trying to influence the election. As Garrett... More »

House Hearing Called 'Worst Day' for Trump

He took 'double blow' from Comey testimony

(Newser) - After FBI Director James Comey both contradicted President Trump's claim that he was wiretapped by his predecessor and confirmed that the bureau is probing his campaign's links to Moscow, critics including MSNBC's Joe Scarborough called it the "worst day" of the Trump presidency so far. The... More »

Comey Could Throw Water on Trump's Wiretap Claims Today

FBI director will testify before House committee

(Newser) - FBI Director James Comey testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Monday and there may be some angry tweets from the White House soon afterward: Comey is widely expected to tell lawmakers that there is no evidence to support President Trump's claim that former President Obama had him wiretapped,... More »

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