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Ukraine is Ground Zero in a New Global Malware Attack

June 27, 2017 A sweeping set of cyber attacks hit critical services in Ukraine this morning, and have so far shown no signs of slowing down. The attacks appear to be related to a new strain of the ransomware known as Petya, which Costin Raiu, director of global research and analysis at Kaspersky...

Putin Claims Russia Proposed Cyber War Treaty in 2015 But Obama Administration Ignored Them

June 16, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Much of the legal turmoil that has swept through Washington in recent months can be traced back to one major thing: Russia’s alleged hacking of the 2016 presidential election in President Donald Trump’s favor. Now, Russian President Vladimir Putin (who denies any Russian part in the hacking) claims the Obama...

A List of the Trump Administration’s Security Breaches So Far

May 16, 2017 President Donald Trump’s reported disclosure of classified information to Russia’s foreign minister and US ambassador last week is but the latest in a string of notable security breaches to have taken place in the less than four months since he took office. With even top Republicans—such as Bob Corker, chair...

Russia’s Meddling in the French Election Backfired Spectacularly

May 9, 2017 The Kremlin doubtless thought it had the French election all sewn up. Of the four leading candidates for president, three were openly pro-Moscow. Even the eventual winner Emmanuel Macron was hardly a hawk. As Quartz wrote at the time, Russian president Vladimir Putin really couldn’t lose. What do French top...

'That Was Not a Good Situation': Why Sally Yates Was Worried About Michael Flynn’s Russia Ties

May 8, 2017 The White House knew for weeks that former national security adviser Michael Flynn was possibly vulnerable to blackmail attempts by the Kremlin before firing him, former acting attorney general Sally Yates told the US Senate judiciary subcommittee on crime and terrorism on May 8. Flynn was fired on Feb.13, more...

The Government’s Ethics Chief Has Been Bombarded With Requests Since Trump Became President

May 1, 2017 Until last November, the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) was just a tiny, wonky outfit of 70-odd people; generally an afterthought in the morass of the Washington bureaucracy. But not any more. Donald Trump’s presidency has so far kept the OGE, an independent agency responsible for monitoring conflicts of interest...

After Outcry by Ethics Watchdogs, the State Department Pulled a Story Advertising Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Resort

April 25, 2017 Update: Hours after Painter and Eisen’s complaints, the State department took down the articles that had allegedly violated ethics rules. A State department official said in a statement: “The intention of the article was to inform the public about where the President has been hosting world leaders. We regret any...

US Government Websites Might Have Violated Ethics Laws by Promoting Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Resort

April 24, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This article has been updated. Former White House ethics officials are accusing the State Department of violating ethics rules prohibiting “the use of public office for private gain” by publishing an article that promotes Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s private members-only club in Florida. The article, which tells the history of Mar-a-Lago and...

Trump's Conflict-of-Interest Overseer Used to Work For the People He's Supposed to Oversee

April 21, 2017 As part of his “drain the swamp” campaign promises, in January President Donald Trump signed an executive order to limit conflicts of interest. It required all his appointees not to deal with matters relating to people they had worked with up to two years before their appointment. A thoroughly sensible...

Trump's $89 Million Warning to Other Countries

April 13, 2017 The US just stepped up its anti-ISIL operations in Afghanistan, dropping the GBU-43, known as the “Mother of All Bombs” (MOAB), on a tunnel complex in the east of the country—the biggest non-nuclear bomb ever dropped in combat by the US. Here’s what we know about the bomb and the...