In a recent book, a hacker sells profiles of U.S. government employees to terrorists. These profiles contain information about where the employees live, where they work, and details about their families and hobbies. The terrorists use this to launch a campaign of violence in the United States as part of an effort to draw the country back into the Middle East. The source of the information—The United States government itself. Of course, the book is fiction. But the data breach on which it is based is very much real, and very much happened. In the summer of 2015, The United States Office of Personnel Management announced a data breach of its systems. More than 21 million personnel records were stolen. These records included the highly detailed and highly sensitive clearance application forms known as “SF-86’s”, and half-a-million sets of fingerprints. This is a huge national security incident and I’ll tell you why. Every applicant to … [Read more...] about Hacking the U.S. government isn’t a work of fiction anymore
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U.S. Sean Hannity John Brennan FOX News host Sean Hannity tore into John Brennan on his show Wednesday night, after President Donald Trump revoked the former CIA director’s security clearance. In a statement made through White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, Trump accused Brennan of “erratic conduct and behavior” including “lying” and making “wild outbursts.” Trump said the benefits of consulting Brennan on security matters “are now outweighed by the risks.” Brennan is a prominent critic of Trump and accused him of acting “treasonous” in his Helsinki press conference with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. Trump suggested he believed Putin’s denial of Russian interference in the U.S. election over the assessment of his own intelligence agencies, though the president later backtracked and claimed to have misspoke. “It is about time,” Hannity said of Brennan’s lost security clearance. … [Read more...] about Sean Hannity Rants About John Brennan’s ‘Blatant Abuse of Power’ After Trump Revokes Ex-CIA Director’s Security Clearance
U.S. Donald Trump Russia investigation Government security clearances were thrust onto the national stage Wednesday when President Donald Trump revoked former CIA director James Brennan’s clearance, citing the Russia investigation, as well as what Trump described as “erratic behavior” and “lying.” Brennan, a career CIA employee who served under both Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, has since accused Trump of attacking his political opponents. But some of the president’s supporters have said since Brennan is no longer with the agency he no longer requires a clearance. As the head of the CIA from 2013 to 2017 under Obama, Brennan would have access to the most secret intelligence and thus the highest clearance available, Top Secret. After Top Secret, the second-highest clearance is called Secret and the third and lowest level is Confidential, according to the State Department’s official website. Recommended Slideshows 76 50 … [Read more...] about What are Security Clearances? How Long They Last and the Different Types, As John Brennan Has His Revoked
U.S. Jared Kushner Ivanka Trump Donald Trump The first family is batting away accusations that President Donald Trump abused his power by forcing through top secret security clearances for daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, despite protests from senior White House officials. As the scandal rumbles on, critics are asking why Ivanka and Kushner would need top secret clearance in their roles as senior advisers to the president. And, given concerns that their private business dealings may pose conflicts of interest, whether they should be trusted with such sensitive material. Kushner was the first of the power couple to come under fire. The New York Times reported last week that Trump had personally pushed through his security clearance despite objections from then-Chief of Staff John Kelly and then-White House Counsel Don McGahn. Kelly was reportedly so concerned by the pressure applied by the president that he penned an internal memo outlining his opposition to the decision. … [Read more...] about Why Do Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner Need Top Secret Security Clearance, and What Can They Access?
U.S. He was a subpar hacktivist before he courted the help of a U.S. Army soldier. That’s the claim made by federal prosecutors who unsealed an indictment lodged against Julian Assange, the 47-year-old face and founder of the notorious secret-document-dumping website WikiLeaks. London's Metropolitan Police arrested Assange Thursday in response to a U.S. extradition request. The indictment charges Assange with a single count of conspiracy in 2010 to hack a classified Defense Department computer. In the court filings, the U.S. alleges that intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning helped Assange through the process of attempting to breach the government’s database—even providing him a partial password—but Assange appeared to still get stumped. Sometime around March 10, 2010, “Assange requested more information from Manning related to the password,” the indictment reads. “Assange indicated that he had been trying to crack the … [Read more...] about WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Couldn’t Crack Password To U.S. Secrets Without Chelsea Manning: Indictment
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByMatt Apuzzo May 23, 2018 WASHINGTON — Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, has been granted his permanent security clearance, a person briefed on the matter said on Wednesday, ending a period of uncertainty that had fueled questions about whether Mr. Kushner was in peril in the special counsel investigation. Mr. Kushner is a senior presidential aide with a prominent role in Middle East diplomacy. But his F.B.I. background checks dragged on for a year and became one of many political distractions for the White House. Even some inside the administration suspected that Mr. Kushner’s delay reflected legal problems on the horizon. The permanent clearances make Mr. Kushner, who is married to Mr. Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump, eligible to view some of the United … [Read more...] about Jared Kushner Gets Security Clearance, Ending Swirl of Questions Over Delay