May 2016

Bipartisan CS major members of Congress urge colleagues to adopt cybersecurity measures

Two computer science degree grads, who also happen to be members of the House, have sent a note to their colleagues and staff members in Congress laying out basic cybersecurity measures.

Reps. Ted W. Lieu (D-Calif.)—B.S. Stanford University (and a reformed attorney with a JD from Georgetown University)—and Will Hurd (R-Texas) B.S. Texas A&M University—joined forces in sending the e-mail “to raise awareness and improve the security culture in the House of Representatives.”

The representatives, both of whom have cybersecurity expertise, urged recipients to:

Lieu, Hurd urge colleagues to use encryption, improve cyber hygiene

Two lawmakers with computer science degrees took their colleagues to task, encouraging them in a letter to use encryption and practice smarter cyber hygiene.

Just a few days after Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) chastised House leadership for refusing to bring a "backdoor" National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) amendment to the floor for a vote, the California representative took aim at Congress's personal cyber hygiene in a letter penned with Sen. Will Hurd (R-Texas).

Congressman Ted Lieu Calls For ‘Systemic Fix’ Of U.S. Postal Service

TORRANCE ( — A congressman from the South Bay said the U.S. Postal Service needs a major overhaul to fix its widespread problems, including mail theft.

Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Manhattan Beach, met with Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan at a recent hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Torrance Resident Rick Beaver said when he goes to his mailbox, he doesn’t know what to expect. He is now used to getting his neighbors’ mail in his Torrance condo building.

Checking in on the state of the states

TODAY: STATE OF THE STATES — Two House Homeland Security subcommittees today will join forces for a hearing on how to improve cybersecurity at the state level. For Rep. John Ratcliffe, who chairs the cybersecurity-focused subcommittee, the emphasis should be on enhancing information sharing. “What we are hoping to gain from today’s hearing is what more we can be doing to further these partnerships and programs,” he plans to say, according to prepared remarks.

Cyber-savvy lawmakers urge colleagues to use encrypted messaging, better passwords

Two House lawmakers with computer-science expertise are warning their colleagues to improve their cybersecurity hygiene as hackers get smarter and increasingly target government officials.

"The ease with which foreign governments, criminal syndicates, and everyday hackers can access your smartphone, tablet, desktop, or laptop is frightening," Reps. Will Hurd (R-Texas) and Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) wrote Monday in a "Dear Colleague" letter to the entire House of Representatives, the text of which was shared with the Daily Dot.

Human rights groups say Saudi Arabia misused U.S.-made cluster bombs

Human rights groups say Saudi-led coalition warplanes improperly used U.S.-made cluster bombs in Yemen, posing a danger to civilians two months after a cease-fire was struck in the country's civil war.

A report issued Monday by Amnesty International was the latest by non-governmental aid groups to claim misuse of the controversial munitions, which spray hundreds of soda-can-sized bomblets over an area the size of a football field. 



WashingtonToday, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after House Republicans voted to defeat the Energy and Water Bill bearing an amendment to uphold President Obama's historic executive order banning anti-LGBT discrimination by federal contractors: