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Justice Dept. Watchdog to Investigate Seizure of Democrats’ Data

The Times also reported that prosecutors had struggled to develop information tying members of the Intelligence Committee or their aides to the leaks, but Mr. Barr, after he was sworn in in 2019, objected to closing the inquiry. The case was ultimately closed without charges. A person close to Mr. Sessions said that he, too, …

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Biden Revokes and Replaces Trump Order That Banned TikTok

TikTok’s woes subsided with Mr. Trump’s election defeat. Though the company is still under scrutiny with the Biden administration’s new executive order, analysts say the dramatic ups and downs for the company will significantly dwindle. Updated  June 14, 2021, 4:57 p.m. ET James Lewis, a senior vice president of the Center for Strategic and International …

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U.S. Seizes Share of Ransom From Hackers in Colonial Pipeline Attack

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department said on Monday that it had seized much of the ransom that a major U.S. pipeline operator had paid last month to a Russian hacking collective, turning the tables on the hackers by reaching into a digital wallet to snatch back millions of dollars in cryptocurrency. Investigators in recent weeks …

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A Rural-Urban Broadband Divide, but Not the One You Think Of

Whom should the government help get superfast internet access? The question is not addressed directly in President Biden’s multibillion-dollar infrastructure plan, which devotes tens of billions of dollars to expanding access to broadband but does not provide much detail about how the money will be spent. But veterans of the nation’s decade-long efforts to extend …

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Russia Appears to Carry Out Hack Through System Used by U.S. Aid Agency

Hackers linked to Russian intelligence surreptitiously seized an email system used by the United States government’s international aid agency to burrow into the computer networks of human rights groups and other organizations of the sort that have been critical of President Vladimir V. Putin, Microsoft Corporation disclosed on Thursday. Discovery of the breach comes only …

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Colonial Pipeline Hack Reveals Weaknesses in US Cybersecurity

For years, government officials and industry executives have run elaborate simulations of a targeted cyberattack on the power grid or gas pipelines in the United States, imagining how the country would respond. But when the real, this-is-not-a-drill moment arrived, it didn’t look anything like the war games. The attacker was not a terror group or …

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Colonial Pipeline Paid Roughly $5 Million in Ransom to Hackers

In a separate ransomware attack on the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department, hackers said the price the police offered to pay was “too small” and dumped 250 gigabytes of the department’s data online this week, including databases that track gang members. In his remarks on Thursday, Mr. Biden seized on the Colonial Pipeline hack as …

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Biden Plans Order to Strengthen U.S. Cyberattack Defenses

Last month, top executives from Amazon, Microsoft, Cisco, FireEye and dozens of other firms joined the Justice Department in delivering an 81-page report calling for an international coalition to combat ransomware. Leading the effort inside the Justice Department are Lisa Monaco, the deputy attorney general, and John Carlin, who led the agency’s national security division …

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As Scrutiny of Cryptocurrency Grows, the Industry Turns to K Street

The board of advisers at the digital chamber is stuffed with former federal regulators, including a former member of Congress and a recent chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, J. Christopher Giancarlo, who was named to the board of BlockFi, a financial services company that tries to link cryptocurrencies with traditional wealth managers. Max …

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