Overnight Cybersecurity: Trump's new-look National Security Council | Fallout from immigration orders | DC cams hacked

Overnight Cybersecurity: Trump's new-look National Security Council | Fallout from immigration orders | DC cams hacked
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Welcome to OVERNIGHT CYBERSECURITY, your daily rundown of the biggest news in the world of hacking and data privacy. We're here to connect the dots as leaders in government, policy and industry try to counter the rise in cyber threats. What lies ahead for Congress, the administration and the latest company under siege? Whether you're a consumer, a techie or a D.C. lifer, we're here to give you ...



--HOW DIFFERENT IS THE NEW NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL?: At a press conference today, White House press secretary Sean Spicer argued that the new-look National Security Council is not that much different than the old one, despite widespread, bipartisan reservations. Steve Bannon's ascendency to the National Security Council is stirring alarm among former government officials who fear that crucial White House decisions could be politicized under President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Trump administration planning to crack down on 'birth tourism': report George Conway on Trump adding Dershowitz, Starr to legal team: 'Hard to see how either could help' MORE. In an executive memorandum on Saturday, Trump elevated Bannon to the so-called Principal's Committee, while de-emphasizing the roles of both the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the director of national intelligence, who will now only attend meetings when issues pertinent to their responsibilities are discussed. The CIA director, who is now Mike Pompeo, will also have a permanent seat at the table for the first time since 2005. But the decision to elevate Bannon to the NSC shocked former senior officials from both Republican and Democratic administrations. Bannon, a former Breitbart News executive and investment banker, will have a seat on the security council that is traditionally limited in the main to Cabinet-level officials. The appointment gives his voice the same weight in national security issues as Trump's national security advisor, retired Gen. Michael Flynn. The White House defended the move, noting that Bannon had served in the Navy in the 70s and 80s.

To read more about the new National Security Council and those concerns, check TheHill.com on Tuesday morning.

Click here to read more on the executive order.


For criticism from David Axelrod, who called Bannon's appointment unprecedented, click here. Bernie SandersBernie SandersNYT editorial board endorses Warren, Klobuchar for Democratic nomination for president Trump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Biden breaks away from 2020 pack in South Carolina MORE is also criticizing the move, as did Obama national security adviser Susan Rice.

--TRAVEL BAN GETTING IN THE WAY OF INTERNET GOVERNANCE: ICANN, the group in charge of governing the domain name system of the world wide web, is struggling with President Trump's travel ban. Kaveh Ranjbar, who heads the European internet coordination group RIPE, will be unable to attend this week's ICANN meetings in Los Angeles. He is one of 20 members of the ICANN board. On Facebook, Ranjbar posted: "I have both Iranian and Dutch nationalities and passports and I even have a multiple entry US visa in my Dutch passport but apparently none of that matters! Being born in Tehran means that at least for the next 90 days, I can't get into the US. This also means I will miss Chicago [for a meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force - an internet standards body], where I am being officially appointed as IAB's [the Interactive Advertising Bureau, a New York-based trade group] liaison [to] the IAOC [IETF Administrative Oversight Committee.]."

--RUSSIA CALL UNEVENTFUL: Kellyanne Conway created a firestorm on Friday by announcing the administration was considering lifting sanctions against Moscow, just hours before Saturday's phone call between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump.  Trump walked it back later in the day, saying it was a little early to make such a move.  In a weekend with plenty of other news to follow, the actual phone call came and went without much fanfare. On the Sunday shows, however, Republicans continued to warn Trump not to lift the sanctions. "I'm absolutely opposed to lifting sanctions on the Russians," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDemocrats worry a speedy impeachment trial will shut out public George Conway group drops ad seeking to remind GOP senators of their 'sworn oaths' ahead of impeachment trial GOP senator 'open' to impeachment witnesses 'within the scope' of articles MORE, (R-Kent) "If anything, we ought to be looking at increasing them."



--FROM THE ONION: How Trump plans to deal with cybersecurity.



--WATCH YOUR LANDLORD: A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report says national security agencies are vulnerable to hacking and espionage because some of their offices are located in buildings owned by foreign entities, CNN reported.

Offices for the Secret Service, the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Department of Homeland Security are located in buildings leased from foreign-based companies, including a Chinese firm called Gemini Investments, according to the news network.  

"[L]easing space in foreign-owned buildings could present security risks such as espionage, unauthorized cyber and physical access to the facilitates, and sabotage," the GAO report says

To the rest of our piece, click here.



--THE WWE AND CNN: Both media firms had several Facebook accounts hacked by the cybersecurity protections racket OurMine on Sunday.

OurMine hacks high profile social media accounts to advertise security services. They've hacked chief executives or founders from Facebook, Google and more, celebrities and media groups in the past, including recently the New York Times, where they posted a false news story claiming Russia was planning a missile attack. 



Hackers infected police surveillance cameras in Washington, D.C., eight days before President Trump's inauguration, authorities revealed Friday.

Ransomware affected 123 of the city's 187 network video recorders, city officials said, according to the Washington Post. As a result of the attack, the infected cameras were unable to record between Jan. 12 and Jan. 15.

To read the rest of our piece, click here.



Links from our blog, The Hill, and around the Web.

Academics are organizing to help cybersecure Pac-Mandents left in the cold by the travel executive orders. (CyberScoop).

The "Father of Pac-Man" passed away. (NBC)

An Argentine prosecutor wants Uber execs jailed.  (Reuters)

A top Austrian hotel was left unable to produce room key cards after a ransomware attack. (The Register).

An ode to the PCMCA slot, which older readers might have used a few times. (The Verge.)

Google employees staged a walkout from offices to protest Trump's immigration orders.


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