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Sen. Mark Warner Wants to Fund Huawei Competitors

Sen. Mark Warner Wants to Fund Huawei Competitors

Huawei or the highway? As that question divides the U.S. and U.K. intelligence communities, Sen. Mark Warner, ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, has a solution to wean the United States from reliance on the Chinese telecom giant. The issue is whether Western governments can use Huawei’s technology to build their 5G networks, which...

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FSB Blocks ProtonMail After a Wave of Bomb Threats 

FSB Blocks ProtonMail After a Wave of Bomb Threats 

If you’re not familiar with it, ProtonMail is a free encrypted email service, meaning if third parties intercept your email they can’t read it. Now the FSB, Russia’s equivalent of the FBI, has banned it. The recent bomb scares are big news in Russia. So is the government’s effort to ban a private communication channel...

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Congress to Weigh Surveillance Reforms in Wake of Watchdog Report on FBI 

Congress to Weigh Surveillance Reforms in Wake of Watchdog Report on FBI 

The report of Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has had a big impact on Congress. For the first time in twenty years, lawmakers are considering fundamental reforms to laws authorizing the surveillance of millions of Americans. Once sacrosanct on Capitol Hill, the 2002 Patriot Act and the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) are...

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Jeff Bezos’ Phone Was Hacked by Saudi Crown Prince, Say British Reports

The Guardian had the scoop first, based on anonymous sources. The FInancial Times confirmed the story citing cybersecurity experts hired by the Amazon mogul. These experts are said to have “medium to high confidence” that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) was involved, says FT. MBS has established a close relationship with President Trump and...

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Schiff Says NSA and CIA Withhold Documents Relevant to Impeachment

Schiff Says NSA and CIA Withhold Documents Relevant to Impeachment

One open secret of the National Security Agency is its ability to intercept the communications of foreign leaders. That ability, it is safe to say, include Ukraine president Voldymor Zelensky, the target of President Trump’s pressure campaign to extract a public statement about rival Joe Biden. How that Trump has been impeached and faces trial...