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China, Russia and Iran Top Election Security Threats, Counterintelligence Chief Says
2020 Elections
China, Russia and Iran Top Election Security Threats, Counterintelligence Chief Says
2020-07-25 19:08:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - China, Russia and Iran are continuing to try to disrupt political campaigns and the 2020 general election, posing "a direct threat to the fabric of our Democracy," the nation's top counterintelligence official said Friday. William Evanina, director of... Read More

UK Says Russians Are Trying to Steal Vaccine Research
Intelligence
UK Says Russians Are Trying to Steal Vaccine Research

Russian state intelligence is hacking international research centers that are racing to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, the U.K., U.S. and Canadian governments said. It is unclear whether research facilities have been damaged or if the vaccine programs have been set... Read More

Cunningham, Murphy Want Congress Informed When Foreign Entities Target US Troops
Intelligence
Cunningham, Murphy Want Congress Informed When Foreign Entities Target US Troops
2020-07-10 20:07:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., and Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., want intelligence officials to immediately notify key members of Congress when they determine -- with moderate to high confidence -- that a foreign government is deliberately seeking to kill or... Read More

CIA Suffered Historic Data Loss From Lax Cybersecurity, Report Says
Cybersecurity
CIA Suffered Historic Data Loss From Lax Cybersecurity, Report Says

WASHINGTON — In early 2017 the Central Intelligence Agency suffered a massive data loss when an agency employee stole vast quantities of information including some of its most secretive hacking tools because of lax cybersecurity measures, according to a redacted... Read More

Senate Intelligence Committee Votes to Bolster Whistleblower Protections
Intelligence
Senate Intelligence Committee Votes to Bolster Whistleblower Protections

WASHINGTON — The Senate Intelligence Committee backed new protections for intelligence community whistleblowers and new reporting requirements for political campaigns as part of a broader intelligence authorization bill. The legislation, approved 14-1 by the panel on Wednesday, follows President Donald... Read More

Bipartisan Opposition Leaves Surveillance Bill in Doubt
Congress
Bipartisan Opposition Leaves Surveillance Bill in Doubt

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation extending surveillance authorities the FBI sees as vital in fighting terrorism was thrown into doubt as President Donald Trump threatened a veto and Republican leaders and top liberal Democrats said they would oppose it. House Democratic... Read More

Lofgren Announces FISA Amendment Agreement, Clearing Way for House Vote
Intelligence
Lofgren Announces FISA Amendment Agreement, Clearing Way for House Vote
2020-05-26 19:52:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., announced Tuesday there will be a vote tomorrow on a measure she's championed to prohibit the collection of Americans’ internet search history and web browsing data without a warrant. Since January, Lofgren, Rep. Warren... Read More

Senate Confirms Ratcliffe as National Intelligence Chief
Intelligence
Senate Confirms Ratcliffe as National Intelligence Chief
2020-05-21 20:24:12
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Senate on Thursday confirmed Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe as director of national intelligence, placing him at the head of several agencies from which President Donald Trump jettisoned official after official. The last Senate-confirmed director of national intelligence,... Read More

Rubio to Lead Senate Intelligence Committee
Intelligence
Rubio to Lead Senate Intelligence Committee
2020-05-19 13:59:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has been tapped to be the acting chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, taking the place of Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., who stepped down last week amid an investigation into his stock transactions. Burr... Read More

Inspector General Finds More Problems with FBI Surveillance Applications
Intelligence
Inspector General Finds More Problems with FBI Surveillance Applications

WASHINGTON — A Justice Department watchdog has found more problems with FBI applications to a secret court that approves surveillance as part of counterintelligence and counterterrorism investigations. The inspector general audit, released Tuesday, could play into the ongoing congressional debate... Read More

Senate Reaches Deal for 77-Day Extension of FISA Authorities
Intelligence
Senate Reaches Deal for 77-Day Extension of FISA Authorities
2020-03-17 14:08:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Senate reached a short-term deal Monday night on reinstating national security authorities that expired over the weekend, giving the chamber a chance to pivot to debate coronavirus relief legislation. Senators unanimously agreed to a 77-day extension of... Read More

House Clinches Deal to Renew Spy Bill With Tight Senate Timeline
Intelligence
House Clinches Deal to Renew Spy Bill With Tight Senate Timeline

WASHINGTON — House negotiators reached a bipartisan agreement to extend provisions of a law authorizing surveillance of suspected spies and terrorists, according to Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat. Lawmakers are trying to avoid a temporary lapse or the need... Read More

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