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Before Hacking, The DNC Mocked A Report Questioning Its Cybersecurity

A senior Democratic National Committee official ridiculed a BuzzFeed News story about its cybersecurity as the "dumbest thing [he had] ever read."<p>Just months before a trove of Democratic National Committee emails were hacked and published online, a DNC communications director mocked a BuzzFeed News …

Here's How Clinton and Trump Stack Up on National Security, Russia, ISIS and More

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was a leading architect of the Obama administration’s strategic rebalance to Asia as well as the …

Kim Jong-un

The irrelevancy of checks and balances: Why you can’t count on Congress to rein in a President Trump

“There is nothing to stop a president from initiating action, even if unconstitutional,” one scholar observes<p><i>This piece originally appeared on BillMoyers.com.</i><p>Donald Trump has made many promises on the campaign trail about things he will fix (a broken immigration system), change (the way trade deals …

Political Science

How Putin Weaponized Wikileaks to Influence the Election of an American President

<b>Close your eyes and imagine that a</b> hacking group backed by Russian President Vladimir Putin broke into the email system of a major U.S. political …

Security
Central Banks

Correction: Campaign 2016-Foreign Hacking story

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story May 18 about possible foreign hacking into presidential campaigns, The Associated Press used the wrong configuration for the name of the chief executive officer of PKWARE. His name is V. Miller Newton, not V. Newton Miller.<p>A corrected version of the story is below:<p>US …

Bernie Sanders

China ambassador says North Korean proposal merits study

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — China's U.N. ambassador says a North Korea proposal under which Pyongyang would halt its nuclear program if the U.S. and South Korea suspend joint military exercises merits consideration.<p>"I think anything, anything, any proposal, no matter where the proposal comes from, so …

North Korea

Air Force Intranet Control,the Cyberspace Weapon System is active

The Air Force earlier this month announced the launch of its first cyberspace weapon system, the Air Force Intranet Control (AFINC).<p>The Air Force …

Qatar

Email privacy bill passes the House with flying colors

Authorities might soon be required to get a search warrant if they want providers like Gmail to hand over your emails, even if they're older than 180 days. The US House of Representatives has unanimously passed the Email Privacy Act, which updates the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act …

Ten inconsistencies in Donald Trump's big foreign policy address

How closely the Republican frontrunner’s first big foreign policy speech stands up to detailed scrutiny is already the subject of fierce political debate<p>For a speech purporting to challenge Washington’s accepted wisdom, there was much that was familiar about Donald Trump’s first big foreign policy …

Foreign Policy
India

India Is Accused of Bowing to Chinese Pressure in Canceling a Uighur Leader's Visa

India on Monday reportedly canceled a visa it had issued to a Uighur leader exiled from China and wanted by the Chinese government, days before he …

China
China

Australia still doesn't see a cyber attack as the menace our allies fear

Though mature and nuanced, the cyber security strategy delivered by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull last week matches neither the spending plan or …

Cybersecurity

DARPA calls for a hacker-proof encryption App, and it will pay it

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is calling for the development of a hacker-proof encryption App for the U.S. military.<p>The US Defense …

GOP senators fact check Trump on foreign policy

WASHINGTON — The Senate’s leading Republican voices on national security are assembling an indictment of Donald Trump’s worldview by soliciting …

National Security

Government withdraws from New York iPhone unlocking case

The Justice Department has withdrawn from its legal dispute with Apple over a locked iPhone in New York, the government said in a court filing made late Friday. The department said the FBI no longer needs the company's help unlocking the phone, involved in a drug-trafficking case, as it has …

Privacy

Massive Philippines data breach now searchable online

A website that claims to contain the full database of hacked Filipino voter data has appeared online.<p>The hacking of the Philippines's voter …

Security

The Australian government presents its Cyber Security Strategy

The Australian government has presented his Cyber Security Strategy and admitted the ability to conduct offensive cyber operations.<p>The Australian …

Cuban Internet Censorship is a Good Thing, According to The Nation » Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!

What’s worse than living under a repressive regime that tightly controls your ability to engage the rest of the world, censors anything remotely …

Privacy

Quebec's Bill 74 Introduces Unprecedented Internet Censorship, Critics Say

MONTREAL — A little-publicized bill that is making its way through Quebec's legislative process has digital-law experts and others worried that the …

Middle East