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Investigation into alleged surveillance abuse and targeting of the Trump campaign is in its final stages

Investigation into alleged surveillance abuse and targeting of the Trump campaign is in its final stagesInspector general Michael E. Horowitz outlined a multi-step review process with FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General William Barr; chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reports from Washington.



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U.S. unveils unusual $15 million reward program targeting Iranian military group

U.S. unveils unusual $  15 million reward program targeting Iranian military groupThe goal is to get more information about the financing for Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which the U.S. has designated a terrorist group.



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Omar tweets she received death threat targeting her at the Minnesota State Fair

Omar tweets she received death threat targeting her at the Minnesota State Fair"I hate that we live in a world where you have to be protected from fellow humans," said Omar, a Democrat from Minnesota.



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Police are investigating a social media threat of the 'biggest mass shooting in modern American history' targeting Walmart stores in Missouri

Police are investigating a social media threat of the 'biggest mass shooting in modern American history' targeting Walmart stores in MissouriThe threat was posted this week to Reddit by someone claiming to have two AR-15 semi-automatic weapons and 22 pipe bombs.



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AOC Criticizes Former Chief of Staff for ‘Targeting’ Fellow Dems

AOC Criticizes Former Chief of Staff for ‘Targeting’ Fellow DemsRepresentative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) criticized her former chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, on Wednesday for using “divisive” language to “target” the more moderate members of the Democratic caucus.Ocasio-Cortez denied that Chakrabarti's recent resignation was related to his June 27 tweet comparing moderate Democrats to the southern segregationists of the early 20th century, but acknowledged that the rhetoric was unhelpful.“I think it was divisive,” she told the New York Post. “I believe in criticizing stances, but I don’t believe in specifically targeting members.”Chakrabarti argued in the since-deleted tweet that moderate Democrats acted in a similar manner to segregationists in voting for a $ 4.6 billion emergency border-funding bill despite its lacking certain humanitarian provisions meant to improve conditions for migrant children being detained at the border.“They certainly seem hell bent to do to black and brown people today what the old Southern Democrats did in the 40s,” Chakrabarti wrote.Chakrabarti also become embroiled in a Federal Election Commission investigation into possible campaign-finance violations during his final months in Ocasio-Cortez's office. The investigation was launched in response to a pair of complaints alleging that Chakrabarti illegally funneled more than $ 1 million in campaign contributions to two private companies that he controlled.Ocasio-Cortez dismissed the investigations as “legal trolling” during her interview with the Post and denied that they were related to Chakrabarti's resignation.“All of these things were filed by these fringe, Republican groups. It’s a tactic they use and it’s very common,” she said. “It’s a form of legal trolling.”After abruptly resigning from Ocasio-Cortez's staff last week, Chakrabarti joined New Consensus, a progressive organization that works to advance the congresswoman's Green New Deal plan.



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Russia’s Election Hackers Are Back—and Targeting George Soros

Russia’s Election Hackers Are Back—and Targeting George SorosSean Gallup/GettyThe Russian intelligence agency behind 2016’s election attacks is training its sights on billionaire financier George Soros, The Daily Beast has learned. The move comes hot on the heels of a surge in U.S.-focused hacking by Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate with similarities to 2016 in targeting and methodology. Laura Silber, chief communications officer for Soros’ Open Society Foundations, confirmed the hack attempt, but couldn’t provide additional details over the weekend. “We were aware of an attack,” Silber told the Daily Beast.Last month Microsoft quietly seized a new batch of 10 deceptive domain names the company says were set up by the hackers known as Fancy Bear,  the group intelligence officials and independent analysts have long attributed to Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate, the GRU. Those web addresses imitate genuine domains used for Microsoft services like Sharepoint, an unmistakable sign that they were intended for use in phishing attacks, in which a victim is tricked into typing their password into a fake login page. Mueller Finally Solves Mysteries About Russia’s ‘Fancy Bear’ HackersOne domain targets a Singapore-based investment firm, and another references the Berlin anti-corruption organization Transparency International, which Russia has targeted before. Others are generic or ambiguous in their targeting.  But one seized domain, soros-my-sharepoint[.]com, jumps out as a clear reference to Soros, a past GRU target from Russia’s 2016 election interference.  An additional four phishing domains registered in the same time frame appear to target Soros’ Open Society Foundations, said Kyle Ehmke, an intelligence researcher at the Arlington, Virginia-based cybersecurity firm ThreatConnect.  Those domains haven’t been seized and ThreatConnect hasn’t found enough evidence to definitively link them to the Russian hackers, said Ehmke. The Kremlin’s targeting of Soros and his organization carries echoes of 2016, when the GRU dumped 2,500 files stolen from the Open Society Foundations for the debut of “DC Leaks”, the fake leak site the spies created for their 2016 election interference campaign. “SOROS INTERNAL FILES – BIG DATA”, the site announced at the time.Some of the stolen files were reportedly altered to create the appearance that Soros was secretly financing Russian opposition candidates, making the leak politically useful to Vladmir Putin. More importantly, the Soros dump earned DC Leaks instant credibility in American right-wing circles, where the 88-year-old Hungarian-American philanthropist plays the role of villainous global puppet-master in countless conspiracy theories. Russia’s Internet Research Agency—the so-called “troll farm, later indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller—pushed the same trope on its Facebook and Instagram feeds in the run-up to election day. One meme featured a close-up of Soros against a backdrop of anti-Trump picketers. “No lives matter for those who sponsoring [sic] anti Trump protests,” the caption read. Another imagined Soros confronting the late Senator John McCain. “Hey Johnny, I’m paying you a fortune. I don’t care how much cancer you have, get back to DC and backstab Trump.”The Soros targeting comes in the wave of what one expert describes as a fresh wave of Fancy Bear attempts against political nonprofits in the U.S. that ran from last December to March or April of this year, using similar tactics to the mass phishing campaign that famously ensnared Hillary Clinton’s campaign chief in 2016. “It’s a similar type of activity to what hit Podesta,” said Robert Johnston, the former Marine Corp captain who investigated the 2016 DNC breach, and now heads the financial cybersecurity firm Adlumin. “These were against political organizations and NGOs. The FBI has reached out to of bunch of them.”Putin’s Hackers Now Under Attack—From MicrosoftIn 2016 Microsoft sued Fancy Bear in federal court in Virginia and won, unopposed, an injunction allowing the company to seize any web addresses registered by the GRU’s hackers that imitate a Microsoft product or service.  The company has seized over 100 domains so far.Experts caution that Russia’s hackers have always cast a wide net, and there’s no way to tell what their motives are in revisiting old haunts now. It may be pure intelligence gathering, or the opening salvo of a 2020 election interference campaign.“We don't know whether they are ultimately looking to compromise targets for influence operations, internal intelligence uses, or both,” said Ehmke.Either way, Russia likely views its 2016 efforts as a success, and is certain to try for an encore. “I think you should absolutely anticipate a very vocal Russian interference in the 2020 elections,” said Johnston.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Pentagon secretly struck back against Iranian cyberspies targeting U.S. ships

Pentagon secretly struck back against Iranian cyberspies targeting U.S. shipsOn Thursday evening, U.S. Cyber Command launched a retaliatory digital strike against an Iranian spy group that supported last week’s limpet mine attacks on commercial ships, according to two former intelligence officials.



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Paris prosecutors probe 'suicide' taunts targeting police at protest

Paris prosecutors probe 'suicide' taunts targeting police at protestParis prosecutors have launched an investigation after French anti-government protesters in the latest of a series of demonstrations shouted slogans mocking police over a spate of recent suicides in the force, judicial sources said Sunday. The “yellow vest” protesters took to the streets of Paris Saturday for the 23rd weekend to protest against the policies of President Emmanuel Macron, again clashing with police in a tense standoff. France’s national police force has been troubled by a worrying increase in suicides within its numbers this year, with 28 officers taking their lives so far in 2019.



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Democrats launch sweeping probe targeting dozens in Trump orbit

Democrats launch sweeping probe targeting dozens in Trump orbitUS Democratic lawmakers on Monday launched their most ambitious investigation yet into alleged obstruction of justice and abuse of office by Donald Trump, targeting dozens of individuals in the president’s inner circle. With controversies swirling around Trump, the powerful House Judiciary Committee’s chairman sent strongly worded letters to family members of the president — including sons Don Jr and Eric — as well as political confidantes and related entities. Son-in-law Jared Kushner and the Trump Organization’s long-time chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, were among the 81 people and organizations, such as the National Rifle Association, that received letters from the panel’s Democratic chairman Jerry Nadler.



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Anti-Muslim Poster Targeting Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar Rocks West Virginia Statehouse

Anti-Muslim Poster Targeting Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar Rocks West Virginia StatehouseIt led to a resignation, an injury and multiple condemnations



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