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The leaders of a key Senate panel are pressing the federal government for information about the security clearance of a government contractor recently accused of passing classified material to a news outlet. Reality Leigh Winner was arrested by the FBI in early June and charged in federal court with violating a section of the Espionage Act.

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New US government report: “Report on Improving Cybersecurity in the Health Care Industry.” It’s pretty scathing, but nothing in it will surprise regular readers of this blog. It’s worth reading the executive summary, and then skimming the recommendations. Recommendations are in six areas. The Task Force identified six high-level imperatives by which to organize its recommendations and action items. The imperatives are:

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Southern Oregon University recently fell victim to email fraud, resulting in $1.9 million being transferred to an attacker-controlled bank account. Fraudsters posing as the Andersen Construction company building a university pavilion and recreation center instructed SOU to transfer the money to an account not controlled by the contractor.

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This week brought new public evidence about Russian interference in the 2016 election. On Monday, the Intercept published a top-secret National Security Agency document describing Russian hacking attempts against the US election system. While the attacks seem more exploratory than operational, they further illustrate the real threats and vulnerabilities facing our elections, and they point to solutions.

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