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FBI Names Carl Ghattas as Natl Security Branch Executive Asst Director

Carl Ghattas, formerly assistant director for the counterterrorism division at FBI‘s headquarters in Washington, has been appointed as executive assistant director of the bureau’s national security branch. FBI said Tuesday he has been with the bureau since 1997 and held various roles within the extraterritorial investigations squad, intelligence directorate and the Washington …

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GAO: DHS, FBI Should Formally Conduct Bioforensics Capability Gap Analysis

The Government Accountability Office has urged the Department of Homeland Security to cooperate with the FBI in the completion of a formal bioforensics capability gap analysis. GAO said Friday the capability gap analysis can help inform current and future bioforensics investments through the identification of needs and scientific and technical gaps. DHS and FBI have …

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Paul Abbate Appointed to Lead FBI’s Criminal, Cyber Branch

Paul Abbate, formerly assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Washington field office, has been named executive assistant director of the bureau’s criminal, cyber, response and services branch. Abbate will assume his new role by late January and will be succeeded by Andrew Vale at the Washington field office, the …

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WSJ: FBI Chief James Comey Says Russian Hackers Targeted Republican Data During Election Campaign

FBI Director James Comey has told Senate Intelligence Committee members at a hearing  that Russian hackers also targeted Republican data in the 2016 election campaign and that the documents revealed were less than the unveiled emails of Democrats, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. Devlin Barrett writes Comey discussed incidents of alleged Russian hacking when he …

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DHS: Russian Intell Services Conducted Spearphishing Attacks Against US Critical Infrastructure, Govt Agencies

A Department of Homeland Security report says Russian intelligence services performed spearphishing attacks and other malicious cyber operations called Grizzly Steppe in order to gain access into networks of U.S. government agencies, critical infrastructure, companies and academic institutions. Todd Breasseale, assistant secretary for public affairs at DHS, said in an executive summary published …

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Report: FBI Investigates China-Linked Cyber Breach at FDIC

The FBI has begun to investigate a security breach at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. that started in 2010 and included the computer of then-FDIC Chairwoman Sheila Bair, Reuters reported Friday. Individuals familiar with the matter told Reuters that senior officials at FDIC believe the breach, which is being investigated …

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