July 2017

LA Times: Verizon customer data — including phone numbers and PINs — exposed by vendor

Names and phone numbers of millions of Verizon customers were made available on a publicly accessible storage area owned by one of the company’s vendors, according an enterprise security software company that discovered the exposed data.

“Anyone entering a URL in a browser would have been able to access it,” said Dan O’Sullivan, cyber-resilience analyst with UpGuard, the Mountain View, Calif., company that found the data.

The Hill: Dems introduce bill to block cybersecurity team up with Russia

Three House Democrats introduced a bill Wednesday prohibiting the U.S. from forming a collaborative cybersecurity initiative with Russia. 

The No Cyber Cooperation with Russia Act, brought by Reps. Brandon Boyle (D-Pa.), Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), echoes a number of amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act that also sought to prohibit such cooperation with Russia.

The bill is in response to a proposal floated by President Trump.

The Hill: Overnight Defense: US-led coalition, Iraqi prime minister celebrate Mosul victory | Defense bill amendments target Trump business interests, Russian cyber partnership

THE TOPLINE: After a grueling nine-month campaign, the U.S.-led coalition and Iraq’s prime minister declared victory Monday over the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Mosul.

"I announce from here the end and the failure and the collapse of the terrorist state of falsehood and terrorism which the terrorist Daesh announced from Mosul," Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in a speech on state television, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS.

The Hill: Defense bill amendments target Trump's business interests

Several amendments to the House’s annual defense policy bill aim to curb President Trump and his family members from potentially using their new political clout for business profits.

An amendment to the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) from Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) would require that no Defense Department funds “be used to conduct business, including the purchase of hotel rooms or conference space, with any entity owned by or significantly controlled by the President or a member of the President’s immediate family.”