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national security 460The protection of our homeland is the cornerstone of our policy. We believe in strong borders and immigration reform which provides a pathway to citizenship to those who arrive in our country legally. We advocate for a strong military which receives appropriate funding to recruit the best and the brightest to serve in our military branches including the Army, The Navy, The Airforce, and the newly minted Space Force. We adhere to a policy that honors and supports our retired veterans and their families.  We support the fortification of our electronic borders through cyber security.

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US judge sentences notorious Russian spammer to time served

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission. A Russian hacker considered to be one of the world’s most notorious spammers was sentenced by a U.S. judge on July 20 to time already served in pretrial detention. Pyotr Levashov has already served 33 months in custody on federal charges he operated a network of hijacked computers — known as botnets — to steal computer credentials, distribute spam, and install malicious software. The 40-year-old pleaded guilty in 2018 to causing intentional damage to a protected computer, conspiracy, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft. U.S. District Judge Robert Chatigny said the financial harm caused by the spamming was overstated in a presentencing report that recommended a sentence of at least 12 years. But the judge acknowledged that the crimes developed into something serious and sophisticated. “It goes without saying that somebody that builds and operates botnets, as you did, and profits from making them available for use by cybercriminals should expect to be prosecuted and punished,” he said. “Because, indeed, this is significant criminal conduct that is harmful to the public.” The judge also ordered Levashov to serve three years of supervised release. It’s unclear if or when he will be deported to Russia. Levashov, who has been out of prison on electronic monitoring since January 2020, apologized to the court for his actions. He was arrested in April 2017 while vacationing in Spain. Russia fought his extradition, but Levashov was eventually transferred to the United States. A botnet is a network of computers infected with malicious software that allows a third party to control the entire computer network without the knowledge or consent of the computer owners. Since the late 1990s until his arrest, Levashov controlled and operated “multiple” botnets that, combined, could send

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FBI: China Is Behind Past Oil & Gas Pipeline Cyberattacks

FBI: China Is Behind Past Oil & Gas Pipeline Cyberattacks Authored by Tsvetana Paraskova via OilPrice.com, State-sponsored Chinese actors targeted U.S. oil and gas pipeline companies in a spearphishing and intrusion campaign between 2011 and 2013, a Joint Cybersecurity Advisory, coauthored by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), said this week. Overall, the U.S. government identified and tracked 23 U.S. natural gas pipeline operators targeted from 2011 to 2013 in this spearphishing and intrusion campaign. Of the known targeted entities, 13 were confirmed compromises, 3 were near misses, and 7 had an unknown depth of intrusion. The U.S. is attributing these attacks to “Chinese state-sponsored actors,” this week’s report showed. These actors specifically targeted America’s pipeline infrastructure for the purpose of holding U.S. pipeline infrastructure at risk, CISA and FBI said. The ultimate goal of those attacks was to help China develop cyberattack capabilities against U.S. pipelines to physically damage pipelines or disrupt pipeline operations. China’s foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian denied the accusations in the report, saying that the alert had confused “right and wrong,” South China Morning Post reports.   “The US is the largest source of cyberattacks targeting China. Data in 2020 showed 53 per cent of the 42 million malicious cyber activities came from the US,” Zhao was quoted as saying, and added that the U.S. report was “thief crying stop thief.” Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a new security directive requiring owners and operators of critical oil and gas pipelines to implement additional protection against cyberattacks. The increased attention to protection against cyber threats comes after a ransomware attack on the computer network of the key fuel pipeline for the U.S. East Coast, Colonial Pipeline, forced the pipeline operator to shut it down for five days in early May. The

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Fauci Says New Mask Guidelines For Vaccinated Americans Under “Active Consideration” Amid Delta Outbreak

Fauci Says New Mask Guidelines For Vaccinated Americans Under “Active Consideration” Amid Delta Outbreak Remember when the US government and top health officials told Americans to get vaccines so life can return to normal?  Think again. On Sunday, NIAID director Anthony Fauci admitted to CNN’s “State of the Union” that health officials may revise mask guidelines for those who are vaccinated, telling host Jake Tapper that bringing back mask mandates for vaccinated folks is “under active consideration.”  FAUCI: Revising mask guidelines for vaccinated Americans is “under active consideration.” pic.twitter.com/J3DcZet6rt — Carly Ortiz-Lytle (@intlcarly) July 25, 2021 “If you look at the inflection of the curve of new cases and, as you said in the run-in to this interview, it is among the unvaccinated. And since we have 50% of the country that not fully vaccinated, that’s a problem,” said Fauci,director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, adding “The CDC agrees with that ability and discretion capability to say, you know, you’re in a situation where we’re having a lot of dynamics of infection.“ “Even if you are vaccinated, you should wear a mask. That’s a local decision that’s not incompatible with the CDC’s overall recommendations that give a lot of discretion to the locals,” he said.  Meanwhile, Los Angeles County just reinstated its mask mandate because of the emerging Delta variant.  Fauci also said booster shots could be introduced as a way to prevent virus transmission.  “You’ve got to look at the data, and the data that’s evolving from Israel and from Pfizer indicates that it looks like there may be some diminution in protection,” he said. Fauci also pushed back against Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Washington Post columnist Josh Rogan after he repeatedly denied that the NIH was funding ‘gain-of-function’ research in Wuhan, China. Fauci then

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