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Sign the Petition: Demand Congress investigate foreign interference in our economy!

The Citizens Against Foreign Interference have taken our fight to Change.org to demand action from Congress on the issues we’ve been posting about for months here and on Facebook. Read on below for what we’re asking…

Click here to sign the petition now.

Every day, vital American industries from telecom to energy to agriculture face threats and direct sabotage from Russia and other foreign adversaries—costing American businesses potentially BILLIONS of dollars, and robbing American workers of their jobs and financial security.

While Russia’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections and the Mueller investigation tend to dominate the news, there’s MUCH more to the story. So, as Congress and the special counsel carry out their probes of Russian influence on the Trump campaign and presidency, we ask that they go further.

Beyond election interference, Russia and China have: 

  • Spread malicious propaganda across social media
  • Fomented protests
  • Funneled secret money into the country
  • Cast doubt on the efficacy of vaccines
  • Questioned the safety of U.S. agricultural products
  • Blocked construction of energy pipelines 
  • Sabotaged the Net Neutrality debate 
  • Hacked email accounts and computer networks—including critical electricity and telecommunications infrastructure
  • Developed backdoors in commonly-used communications devices
  • Stoked dissent and division among our government leaders and the general public.

As you can see, it is a lengthy and serious set of topics that jeopardizes not only our economic security but also our national security.

These things are all happening beneath our eyes right now, often simultaneously, but neither Congress nor the Administration has investigated the totality of this interference and how it is damaging the U.S. economy.

For the sake of our economy and national security, we call on the relevant committee leadership in the new Congress to fully investigate and expose any such foreign influence operations or threats—to root out the sponsors, the perpetrators, and the funding networks that funnel money for these operations. 

Click here to sign the petition now.  And please, spread the word.

Huawei Under Fire and Under Arrest

The recent dramatic arrest in Canada of a top executive at the Chinese technology giant Huawei has sent stock markets plummeting and cast doubt on a recent U.S.-China trade truce.

Reports say Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s CFO and the daughter of the company’s founder, Ren Zhengfei, is facing extradition to the U.S. on the suspicion that she violated American sanctions against Iran.

Huawei is a multinational Chinese telecommunications and electronics company that operates in more than 170 countries and serves more than a third of the world’s population.

Earlier this year at a U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, heads of major intelligence bodies—including the FBI, CIA, and NSA—warned that Americans should not purchase Huawei products, citing concerns about their use as spying devices. In October, the New York Times revealed that President Trump has been repeatedly warned by his top aides to stop using his personal iPhone due to its vulnerability to being hacked by Chinese and Russian spies.

How much of a threat is Huawei to our national security? Should the Trump Administration hold Huawei fully accountable even if that means complicating the China trade truce?

Read the full story at Yahoo! Finance

A Russian Hacking Resurgence

The 2018 midterms are over, but Putin and the Russian hackers haven’t taken any time off from sowing discord. According to analysts, there’s been a resurgence since Election Day in Russian spearfishing attacks against U.S. government institutions, media outlets, and think tanks.

In one instance, Russian hackers impersonated a State Department spokesperson over email, sending fake government documents with corrupted links — all with the goal of getting recipients to download malware.

These attacks on our country will only grow worse until our leaders in Washington finally take appropriate action and adopt a proactive counteroffensive.

Read the full story from The Hill.

Russia & Hacking the Midterms: What’s really going on?

An article from The Daily Beast purports that there are no signs yet of Russian hacking or interference  in the 2018 U.S. midterm elections – which is good news, if it’s true.

Like all news, let’s take it with a grain of salt. The thrust of the article’s argument is that Russia did such a good job messing with 2016’s polls that it doesn’t have to lift a finger now.

That’s a comforting thought but not one suffused with true understanding of how state intelligence actors operate. Russia’s work advancing its interests is never done, same as it is with the United States or any other nation-state.

Influence operations are marathons and not sprints, and their means and methods vary widely, as this handy but incomplete list of Russian spying operations around the world can attest.

So even if Russia’s operations around the 2016 election achieved their goals, it’s not like Moscow said “OK, we’re good now.” More than likely, they’re shifting to other modes of operation that aren’t as well-known since surprise and stealth are the fundamental elements of covert action.

After all, a thief whose best hauls came from breaking in through unlocked windows doesn’t stop once the people in the neighborhood start locking them. He just breaks the glass instead.

Be listening for that sound.

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Kremlin deploys dangerous new hack

Western government officials and anyone on the wrong side of Vladimir Putin’s regime, beware!

The Russian hacking group Fancy Bear, which is part of the Kremlin’s military intelligence agency, has developed a new piece of malware that is so stealthy it can survive even after a complete wiping or replacement of your hard drive or a reinstall of your computer’s operating system.

The Daily Beast reports that a European security company uncovered the malicious code, which experts say is designed to give the Russian hackers long-term access to a target’s computer.

Its apparent purpose is to maintain access to a high-value target in the event the operating system gets reinstalled or the hard drive replaced—changes that would normally kick out an intruder.

Fancy Bear is already a known, formidable enemy. The group is responsible for hacks of the DNC, White House, NATO, members of Congress and a host of international organizations & governments. U.S. special prosecutor Robert Mueller  indicted 12 members of the GRU, Putin’s military intelligence agency where the hackers are based.

The development and deployment of such sophisticated cyberwar weaponry by Russia—and these tools are nothing short of that—shows the degree to which Putin and his regime are willing to go to interfere with and sabotage foreign states and businesses.

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