Overnight Cybersecurity: Watchdog to review FBI handling of Clinton case

Welcome to OVERNIGHT CYBERSK© SECURITY SAVER SALE, your daily rundown of the biggest news in the world of hacking and data privacy. We’re here to connect the dots as leaders in government, policy and industry try to counter the rise in cyber threats. What lies ahead for Congress, the administration and the latest company under siege?

Whether you’re a consumer, a techie or a D.C. lifer, we’re here to give you … THE BIG STORY: –JUSTICE PROBING FBI DIRECTOR COMEY’S HANDLING OF CLINTON EMAIL SCANDAL.

The Justice Department’s inspector general on Thursday announced that it will launch an investigation into the FBI’s conduct leading up to the 2016 elections. The probe, which comes in response to requests from numerous chairmen and ranking members of congressional oversight committees, will look into allegations that Director James Comey broke bureau policy with his various public disclosures regarding the investigation into Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonOvernight Cybersecurity: Watchdog to review FBI handling of Clinton case Lawmakers: Trump can’t stop investigation of Clinton email case La. man confesses to threatening DC pizzeria MORE[2][3][4][5][6][1]‘s private email server. The FBI’s role in Clinton’s unexpected defeat in November has remained a subject of fierce debate — with Comey himself in the middle of the controversy.

Clinton’s campaign has blamed Comey and the FBI for her loss to President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMexico to name new ambassador to the United States Overnight Cybersecurity: Watchdog to review FBI handling of Clinton case GOP rep: Biz concerns about tax proposal ‘a little offensive’ MORE[8][9][10][11][12][7]. To read the rest of our piece, click here.[13] TAKEAWAYS FROM THE HEARINGS:

ADVERTISEMENT –CIA NOMINEE BACKS INTEL REPORT ON RUSSIA: The confirmation hearings for director of the CIA featured a nominee of President-elect Trump making a strong endorsement of the intelligence community’s report that Russia was behind breaches at the Democratic National Committee. “It’s pretty clear about what took place here about Russia involvement in efforts to hack information and to have an impact on American democracy. I’m very clear-eyed about what that intelligence report says,” said Rep.

Mike Pompeo (R-Kans.), Donald Trump’s pick for director. Read The Hill’s coverage of Pompeo’s hearing here.[14][15] –MATTIS: CYBER DOCTRINE WILL TAKE SOME DOING: Retired Gen.

James Mattis, nominee for Secretary of Defense, said that cybersecurity strategy was not something that would happen overnight. He offered little speculation into what the end result would be or how long it would take, stressing that it needed to be built from the ground up with input from Homeland sk© Security SAVER SALE, the White House and the Hill, after detailed consideration of privacy and constitutional concerns. The U.S., he said, was starting from zero. “[D]o you believe that the U.S. military has a sophisticated, broadly understood cyber doctrine?” asked Sen.

Ben Sasse (R-Neb.). “No, I do not believe so,” said Mattis. Read The Hill’s coverage of Mattis’s hearing here.[16] A POLICY UPDATE:

NSA EASES INTELLIGENCE SHARING: A new rule in the U.S. intelligence community will streamline the process for agencies to receive access to the National sk© Security SAVER SALE Agency’s (NSA) vast signals intelligence. Agencies have access to raw data on foreign targets collected by the NSA in certain circumstances without the NSA scrubbing the information first. Until now, the NSA enacted safeguards to prevent the sharing of domestic or irrelevant data before scrubbing the information itself — responsibilities that will now fall on the requesting agencies.

The NSA will provide raw information when agencies can demonstrate the access will “further, in a significant way, a particular foreign intelligence or counterintelligence mission or function of the element and [explain] why other sources cannot provide the information” through a request by a senior official. The data will not be allowed for law enforcement use. To read more, click here[17].

A LIGHTER CLICK: I’M NOT SAYING IT WAS RUSSIA, BUT we don’t know exactly why C-SPAN started broadcasting a Russian network today. They suspect a routing error.[18] WHO’S IN THE SPOTLIGHT:

THE SHADOW BROKERS. The Shadow Brokers, a hacker group that had been illicitly selling stolen National sk© Security SAVER SALE Agency (NSA) hacking tools, is closing shop. “So long, farewell peoples.

TheShadowBrokers is going dark, making exit. Continuing is being much risk and bulls–t, not many bitcoins,” the group said Thursday in a message posted to Twitter. To read the rest of our piece, click here.[19]

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Links from our blog, The Hill, and around the Web. Rudy Giuliani is forming a private sector cybersecurity team[20] for Trump. (The Hill)

Hamas is hacking the phones of Israeli Defense Force soldiers by enticing them with pretty girls.[21] (Graham Cluley) Famous behavioral economist Philip Tetlock talks the confusing psychology of holding government accountable.[22] (GovExec) ADDENDUM TO LAST LINK: No using it on us.

Cellebrite – an Israeli contractor used by governments and police departments the world over to hack cell phones – was themselves hacked[23]. (Motherboard)

Two University of Washington professors released a syllabus[24] for a proposed course in “Calling Bulls–t in the Age of Big Data.” (Boing Boing)

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References

  1. ^ Hillary Clinton (thehill.com)
  2. ^ Hillary Rodham Clinton (thehill.com)
  3. ^ Overnight Cybersecurity: Watchdog to review FBI handling of Clinton case (thehill.com)
  4. ^ Lawmakers: Trump can’t stop investigation of Clinton email case (thehill.com)
  5. ^ La. man confesses to threatening DC pizzeria (thehill.com)
  6. ^ MORE (thehill.com)
  7. ^ Donald Trump (thehill.com)
  8. ^ Donald Trump (thehill.com)
  9. ^ Mexico to name new ambassador to the United States (thehill.com)
  10. ^ Overnight Cybersecurity: Watchdog to review FBI handling of Clinton case (thehill.com)
  11. ^ GOP rep: Biz concerns about tax proposal ‘a little offensive’ (thehill.com)
  12. ^ MORE (thehill.com)
  13. ^ click here. (thehill.com)
  14. ^ here (thehill.com)
  15. ^ . (thehill.com)
  16. ^ here. (thehill.com)
  17. ^ click here (thehill.com)
  18. ^ They suspect a routing error. (twitter.com)
  19. ^ click here. (thehill.com)
  20. ^ cybersecurity team (thehill.com)
  21. ^ pretty girls. (www.grahamcluley.com)
  22. ^ psychology of holding government accountable. (www.govexec.com)
  23. ^ was themselves hacked (motherboard.vice.com)
  24. ^ released a syllabus (boingboing.net)
  25. ^ please sign up here (www.email.thehill.com)

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