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Daily Beast: Russian hackers targeted Democrat facing tough 2018 election

Enlarge / Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) questions witnesses during a Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing concerning threats to the homeland, September 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. (credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) The digital ink was barely dry on Ars IT and National Security Editor Sean Gallagher’s feature, " How they did it (and will likely try again): GRU hackers vs. US elections ," when the Daily Beast reported yesterday’s bombshell: Claire McCaskill, among the most vulnerable Senate Democrats facing re-election this year, was one of three candidates in the 2018 midterm election targeted by the highly determined Russian intelligence agency. According to the post , McCaskill’s office received one or more fake notifications claiming the target’s Microsoft Exchange password had expired and advising it be changed. Targets who clicked on a link were directed to a counterfeit version of the US Senate’s Active Directory Federation Services login page, which would send any passwords the targets entered to the people behind the fake page. McCaskill has been highly critical of Russia and is considered one of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats facing reelection this year. She represents Missouri, a state where Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by almost 20 points in the 2016 election. McCaskill’s office was one of three candidates that was targeted. The Daily Beast went on to report that the Senate phishing campaign sent each target a different link that caused the fake password-change webpage to display users' individual email address when they arrived. The customization made the site more convincing. Read 3 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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Senate gives up on ZTE sanctions

Though a number of US senators have been seeking to block President Trump's deal with ZTE that lets the Chinese firm circumvent sanctions put into place by US officials earlier this year, they have now backed off on that effort. In June, the Senate p...

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Senate votes to reinstate ZTE ban in the US

The Trump administration's decision to work with Chinese President Xi Jinping to bring ZTE back to business didn't sit well with lawmakers from both sides. A group of Senators from the Republican and Democratic parties recently amended the National D...

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Here are 454 pages of Facebook’s written follow-up answers to Congress

Facebook finished its homework. In a pair of newly uploaded letters , the two Senate committees that grilled Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in April have published the social media giant’s written answers to their considerable body of questions. Zuckerberg faced criticism for not answering many of the more intricate or controversial questions from members of Congress in the moment, but by playing it safe the company bought two months’ worth of time to craft its answers in perfect legalese. If you’re interested in combing through the 454 pages worth of explanations on everything from accusations of conservative censorship to Cambridge Analytica, you can dig into the documents, embedded below. Facebook’s answers to questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee: View this document on Scribd Facebook’s answers to questions from the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: View this document on Scribd

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Facebook shared data with Chinese telecom Huawei, raising US government security concerns

Concerns around Facebook’s recently revealed data sharing relationship with some device makers just took a turn for the worse. The practice, first revealed over the weekend, is now confirmed to have included relationships with Chinese companies Huawei, Lenovo, Oppo and TCL, according to The New York Times . Given that the U.S. government has longstanding national security concerns over Huawei , Facebook’s newly revealed data deal with the Chinese company has raised some eyebrows in Congress. “Concerns about Huawei aren’t new – they were widely publicized beginning in 2012, when the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence released a well-read report on the close relationships between the Chinese Communist Party and equipment makers like Huawei,” U.S. Senator Mark Warner said of the revelation. Warner serves as the Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. “The news that Facebook provided privileged access to Facebook’s API to Chinese device makers like Huawei and TCL raises legitimate concerns, and I look forward to learning more about how Facebook ensured that information about their users was not sent to Chinese servers.” In that report , the House Intelligence Committee wrote that “Huawei did not fully cooperate with the investigation and was unwilling to explain its relationship with the Chinese government or Chinese Communist Party, while credible evidence exists that it fails to comply with U.S. laws” and that Huawei’s history indicated that it likely had ties to the Chinese military. Earlier in the day, the Senate Commerce Committee addressed a letter to Facebook over the broader issue of these manufacturer relationships and questioning Facebook’s assertion that the shared data was not abused. As the New York Times reports, these relationships date back “at least 2010” — the relative dark ages of Facebook’s mobile strategy. It does not appear that ZTE had a similar agreement with Facebook. View this document on Scribd Facebook has disputed the characterization of these relationships as a privacy scandal, emphasizing that it imposed tight restrictions on this class of device integration. These integrations are very different from our public APIs — the goal was to recreate Facebook-like experiences on these devices, and they were tightly controlled

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