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Trump Administration Sanctions Russian Entities and Individuals Over Malicious Cyber Activities

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Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated five Russian entities and three Russian individuals under Executive Order (E.O.) 13694, “Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities,” as amended, and Section 224 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).  One of the designated entities in controlled by ...

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FBI Issues Warning: Reboot Your Internet Router

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  by Kyle Perisic The FBI issued a warning Friday to Americans with internet routers in their homes or offices to reboot their routers immediately after the agency discover hundreds of thousands of routers had been compromised by foreign actors. “The FBI recommends any owner of small office and home office routers power cycle (reboot) the devices,” the warning said. “Foreign ...

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FBI Informant Stefan Halper Accused Of Making ‘False’ And ‘Absurd’ Allegations About Russian Infiltration At Cambridge

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  by Chuck Ross FBI informant Stefan Halper said Russians infiltrated the Cambridge Intelligence Seminar He flagged interactions between a Russian researcher and Mike Flynn People involved called Halper’s claims “false” and “absurd” The FBI informant who made contact with members of the Trump campaign has made allegations of Russian spy infiltration at the University of Cambridge that people involved ...

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Mark Warner: Trump Aides’ Contacts With Russians Could Be ‘Coincidences,’ Not Collusion

  by Chuck Ross The top Democrat on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence acknowledged in a recent interview that contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russians could be “a set of coincidences” rather than collusion. “I’m reserving my final judgement until we’ve seen all the witnesses we need to see, and we’ve gotten all the facts. So I’m going ...

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Mueller’s ‘Witch Hunt’ struggling in the courts

Robert Mueller

Robert Mueller‘s Special Counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, commonly referred to as a “witch hunt”, suffered two major challenges on Friday and both could put his team’s work under serious scrutiny. U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis said that Mueller’s team’s prosecution of Paul Manafort has “nothing to do with the campaign” and that he doesn’t ...

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DNC files lawsuit against Trump Jr., Russia and Wikileaks

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) filed a federal lawsuit Friday against the Russian government, Russian army general staff, Wikileaks, Guccifer 2.0, Donald Trump and many others over emails and documents hacked during the 2016 presidential race. The multi-million dollar lawsuit lists statutes covering everything from trespassing to RICO conspiracy as the DNC looks to blame the Trump campaign and Russia ...

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Allies strike Syria in response to chemical weapon attacks; Russia promises ‘consequences’

The war of words between the U.S. and Russia over Syria’s use of chemical weapons against its own people has escalated. The United States and allies struck Syria Friday night and Russia has promised that the attack will come with consequences. U.S. President Donald Trump announced the military action from the White House late on Friday. As he spoke, explosions ...

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Nikki Haley Roasts Russian Counterpart At Emergency UN Meeting

  by Will Racke An exasperated Nikki Haley tore into her Russian counterpart during an emergency United Nations meeting on Friday, saying Moscow was covering for the Syrian regime’s continued use of chemical weapons. Russia’s failure to police its client, Syrian President Bahsar al-Assad, led directly to a suspected poison gas attack on civilians over the weekend, top U.S. envoy ...

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Trump Is Standing Up To Russia’s ‘Malign Activities’

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The White House issued a statement Friday morning highlighting President Donald Trump’s actions against Russia in response to “malign activities.” From the office of the press secretary: “It is more important than ever before to come together as Americans. We cannot allow those seeking to sow confusion, discord, and rancor to be successful.” – President Donald J. Trump NEW ACTIONS ...

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Trump expels 60 Russian diplomats, closes consulate in response to U.K. spy assassination

President Donald Trump ordered Monday the expulsion of dozens of Russian intelligence officers from the United States and the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle. “The United States takes this action in conjunction with our NATO allies and partners around the world in response to Russia’s use of a military-grade chemical weapon on the soil of the United Kingdom, ...

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Government media agency targets Russian disinformation and Iranian censorship

The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) this week recognized the accomplishments and progress made by U.S. international media. The BBG—the federal agency that oversees all U.S. civilian international media—prioritizes advancing the President’s National Security Strategy, promotes democracy and freedom around the world, and pushes back on state-sponsored disinformation and extremism. CEO and Director John F. Lansing, who was hired by the board in September 2015, ...

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Senior National Security Officials Hold Special Briefing on Russia Sanctions

Senior national security officials held a briefing Thursday morning to update the media on the new sanctions against Russian entities. Some were speaking off the record and only on background so their names are not mentioned and quotes may not be exact. National Security Spokesman Marc Raimondi started the briefing at about 10:05 a.m. EDT. MR. RAIMONDI: Hey, thanks everybody ...

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Treasury issues new sanctions against Russian individuals over 2016 election interference, cyber attacks

President Trump and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin

Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated five entities and 19 individuals under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) as well as Executive Order (E.O.) 13694, “Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities,” as amended, and codified pursuant to CAATSA. “The Administration is confronting and countering ...

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