Tag Archives: FBI

Preliminary Analysis Shows Castor Seeds, Not Ricin, on Pentagon-Bound Envelopes

A preliminary investigation has shown that the mysterious substance found on envelopes addressed to Defense Secretary James Mattis and Chief of Naval Operations John Richardson is castor seeds, The Hill reported WednesdayDefense Department spokesperson Dana White revealed the results of the initial analysis to The Hill via a statement, noting, however, that the FBI is still conducting further tests.

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Govt IT Vet Sam Musa Appointed as GPO Chief Information Officer

Sam Musa, former chief of information technology services for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, has joined the Government Publishing Office as its new chief information officer. Musa’s new responsibilities include managing IT policies on the acquisition, implementation and operation of telecommunications and IT systems and ensuring the agency’s budget aligns with program plans and established financial guidelines, GPO said Monday.

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Trump Issues Executive Order to Deter Foreign Election Interference

President Donald Trump has released an executive order that aims to protect U.S. elections from potential foreign interference. A White House fact sheet published Wednesday says the executive order would authorize sanctions and other measures against foreign individuals found to have engaged in election interference.

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Congress Eyes DoD-Hosted National Cyber Response Exercise Under Defense Budget Bill

The Senate and the House Armed Services Committee are proposing an annual defense policy bill that would task the Defense Department to host a national cyber defense exercise, Fifth Domain reported Wednesday. The high-level exercise would leverage department-level leadership to support the cyber needs of civil authorities, policy testing, cyber-incident coordination, operational planning …

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Task Force Report Describes DOJ’s Efforts to Address Cyber Threats Posed by Foreign Influence Operations

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday announced the release of a report that provides an assessment of cybersecurity threats facing the country and describes how the Justice Department detects and responds to those threats. The department said Thursday the report was produced by the cyber-digital task force that Sessions established in …

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Report: China Compromised Submarine Warfare Data Stored in Navy Contractor’s Computers

Government hackers in China have breached a U.S. Navy contractor’s computers to steal a collection of sensitive data related to the service branch’s submarines and other undersea weaponry, The Washington Post reported Friday. U.S. officials said China’s ministry of state security that oversees the Asian country’s foreign intelligence and counterintelligence …

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