27 декабря 2017, 16:30

The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Fortinet, Booz Allen, Varonis Systems and Leidos

The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Fortinet, Booz Allen, Varonis Systems and Leidos

26 декабря 2017, 18:02

4 Hot Cybersecurity Stocks to Buy for a Prosperous 2018

As the eventful 2017 comes to a close, we believe this is the right time to make your investment plans for the upcoming year.

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01 декабря 2017, 15:49

Booz Allen Hamilton started at buy with $47 stock price target at SunTrust RH

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29 ноября 2017, 21:06

Армия США выложила свои секреты в интернет без пароля

Эксперт по кибербезопасности из компании UpGuard Крис Викери обнаружил в свободном доступе тайную информацию, принадлежащую армии США. Засекреченные данные находились в "облачном" хранилище и не были защищены паролем. Доступ к ним мог получить любой человек, перейдя по прямой ссылке.

24 ноября 2017, 15:43

The 'huge' hole in the government's Russian software ban

DHS' ban on Kapersky software doesn't cover networks that contractors operate, even though employees may use them to discuss government work.

21 ноября 2017, 16:31

Zacks.com featured highlights: MasTec, California Resources, Leidos Holdings, Booz Allen Hamilton Holding and Care.com

Zacks.com featured highlights: MasTec, California Resources, Leidos Holdings, Booz Allen Hamilton Holding and Care.com

20 ноября 2017, 16:40

5 Best Stocks with Upgraded Broker Ratings to Bet On Now

After thorough research, brokers decide to rate a particular company's stock. Naturally, when an analyst upgrades a stock, you can easily rely on it.

17 ноября 2017, 16:52

Splunk (SPLK) Beats Q3 Earnings & Revenue Estimates, View Up

Splunk's (SPLK) third-quarter fiscal 2018 results benefit from strong product portfolio and expanding clientele.

29 октября 2017, 12:13

The 15 Highest-Paying Companies in 2017 All Pay Over $130,000

The 15 highest-paying companies in America pay well into six figures. If you want one of the country's highest-paying jobs, here's where to go.

23 октября 2017, 13:22

Booz Allen покупает Morphick

Известный подрядчик американского МинОбороны, АНБ и других спецслужб, компания Booz Allen Hamilton (Сноуден на нее работал в процессе кражи данных АНБ), объявил 20-го октября о приобретении малоизвестной компании Morphick, одного из участников обзора Gartner по рынку MDR, а также одной из нескольких компаний, аккредитованных АНБ, на проведение расследований инцидентов в целях национальной безопасности США. Размер сделки неизвестен.

11 октября 2017, 04:23

UPDATE: This from a UK trauma surgeon:

UPDATE: This from a UK trauma surgeon: I write in full agreement with my surgical colleague in Florida, Dr KS. A retired orthopaedic and trauma surgeon who served in our NHS. I have not dealt with high velocity gunshot wounds but I have studied the terrible injuries in Palestinians in Gaza caused by every type… The post UPDATE: This from a UK trauma surgeon: appeared first on PaulCraigRoberts.org.

24 сентября 2017, 22:06

Dems launch $15M campaign for lawyers to take on Trump

Fresh off challenging the travel ban and other Trump policies, the party targets scores of attorneys general offices.

19 июня 2017, 22:55

Michael Flynn Worked With Foreign Cyberweapons Group That Sold Spyware Used Against Political Dissidents

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); WASHINGTON ― While serving as a top campaign aide to Donald Trump, former national security adviser Michael Flynn made tens of thousands of dollars on the side advising a company that sold surveillance technology that repressive governments used to monitor activists and journalists.  Flynn, who resigned in February after mischaracterizing his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the U.S., has already come under scrutiny for taking money from foreign outfits. Federal investigators began probing Flynn’s lobbying efforts on behalf of a Dutch company led by a businessman with ties to the Turkish government earlier this year. Flynn’s moonlighting wasn’t typical: Most people at the top level of major presidential campaigns do not simultaneously lobby for any entity, especially not foreign governments. It’s also unusual for former U.S. intelligence officials to work with foreign cybersecurity outfits. Nor was Flynn’s work with foreign entities while he was advising Trump limited to his Ankara deal. He earned nearly $1.5 million last year as a consultant, adviser, board member, or speaker for more than three dozen companies and individuals, according to financial disclosure forms released earlier this year. Two of those entities are directly linked to NSO Group, a secretive Israeli cyberweapons dealer founded by Omri Lavie and Shalev Hulio, who are rumored to have served in Unit 8200, the Israeli equivalent of the National Security Agency. Flynn received $40,280 last year as an advisory board member for OSY Technologies, an NSO Group offshoot based in Luxembourg, a favorite tax haven for major corporations. OSY Technologies is part of a corporate structure that runs from Israel, where NSO Group is located, through Luxembourg, the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Flynn also worked as a consultant last year for Francisco Partners, a U.S.-based private equity firm that owns NSO Group, but he did not disclose how much he was paid. At least two Francisco Partners executives have sat on OSY’s board. Flynn’s financial disclosure forms do not specify the work he did for companies linked to NSO Group, and his lawyer did not respond to requests for comment. Former colleagues at Flynn’s consulting firm declined to discuss Flynn’s work with NSO Group. Executives at Francisco Partners who also sit on the OSY Technologies board did not respond to emails. Lavie, the NSO Group co-founder, told HuffPost he is “not interested in speaking to the press” and referred questions to a spokesman, who did not respond to queries. Many government and military officials have moved through the revolving door between government agencies and private cybersecurity companies. The major players in the cybersecurity contracting world ― SAIC, Booz Allen Hamilton, CACI Federal and KeyW Corporation ― all have former top government officials in leadership roles or on their boards, or have former top executives working in government. But it’s less common for former U.S. intelligence officials to work with foreign cybersecurity outfits. “There is a lot of opportunity in the U.S. to do this kind of work,” said Ben Johnson, a former NSA employee and the co-founder of Obsidian Security. “It’s a little bit unexpected going overseas, especially when you combine that with the fact that they’re doing things that might end up in hands of enemies of the U.S. government. It does seem questionable.”   What is clear is that during the time Flynn was working for NSO’s Luxembourg affiliate, one of the company’s main products — a spy software sold exclusively to governments and marketed as a tool for law enforcement officials to monitor suspected criminals and terrorists — was being used to surveil political dissidents, reporters, activists, and government officials. The software, called Pegasus, allowed users to remotely break into a target’s cellular phone if the target responded to a text message. Last year, several people targeted by the spyware contacted Citizen Lab, a cybersecurity research team based out of the University of Toronto. With the help of experts at the computer security firm Lookout, Citizen Lab researchers were able to trace the spyware hidden in the texts back to NSO Group spyware. After Citizen Lab publicized its findings, Apple introduced patches to fix the vulnerability. It is not known how many activists in other countries were targeted and failed to report it to experts. NSO Group told Forbes in a statement last year that it complies with strict export control laws and only sells to authorized government agencies. “The company does NOT operate any of its systems; it is strictly a technology company,” NSO Group told Forbes. But once a sale is complete, foreign governments are free to do what they like with the technology. “The government buys [the technology] and can use it however they want,” Bill Marczak, one of the Citizen Lab researchers, told HuffPost. “They’re basically digital arms merchants.” The month before Flynn joined the advisory board of OSY Technologies, NSO Group opened up a new arm called WestBridge Technologies, Inc., in the D.C. region. (The company was originally registered in Delaware in 2014, but formed in Maryland in April 2016.) Led by NSO Group co-founder Lavie, WestBridge is vying for federal government contracts for NSO Group’s products. Hiring Flynn would provide NSO Group with a well-connected figure in Washington, to help get its foot in the door of the notoriously insular world of secret intelligence budgeting.  “When you’re trying to build up your business, you need someone who has connections, someone who is seen as an authority and a legitimate presence,” Johnson said. Hiring someone with Flynn’s background in intelligence would “open up doors that they wouldn’t have had access to,” Johnson said. Throughout 2016, Flynn worked for a number of cybersecurity firms personally and through his consulting firm, Flynn Intel Group. In addition to his advisory board seat at OSY Technologies, he sat on the boards of Adobe Systems, a large software company with Pentagon contracts, and the boards of the cybersecurity companies GreenZone Systems and HALO Privacy. He also had a spot on the advisory council at Palo Alto Networks, a San Francisco-based cybersecurity company with offices in the D.C. region.  It’s a little bit unexpected going overseas, especially when you combine that with the fact that they’re doing things that might end up in hands of enemies of the U.S. government. Ben Johnson, former NSA employee Prominent human rights activists and political dissidents have reported being targeted by NSO’s technology. On August 10, 2016, Ahmed Mansoor, an internationally recognized Emirati human rights activist, received a text message prompting him to click a link to read “new secrets” about detainees abused in UAE prisons. He got a similar text the next day. But Mansoor, who had already been repeatedly targeted by hackers, knew better than to click the links. Instead, he forwarded the messages to Citizen Lab. Citizen Lab soon determined that NSO Group’s malware exploited an undisclosed mobile phone vulnerability, known as a zero-day exploit, that enabled its customers ― that is, foreign governments ― to surveil a target’s phone after the target clicked the link included in the phishing text message. If Mansoor had clicked that link, his “phone would have become a digital spy in his pocket, capable of employing his phone camera and microphone to snoop on activity in the vicinity of the device, recording his WhatsApp and Viber calls, logging messages sent in mobile chat apps, and tracking his movements,” Citizen Lab wrote in a report. Across the globe in Mexico, where Coca-Cola and PepsiCo were working to repeal a tax on sodas imposed in 2014, two activists and a government-employed scientist, all of whom supported the soda tax, received a series of suspicious text messages. The texts, which became increasingly aggressive and threatening, came as the scientist and the activists were preparing a public relations campaign in support of raising the soda tax and promoting awareness of the health risks linked to sugary beverages. Dr.  Simón Barquera, researcher at Mexico’s National Institute for Public Health, received a text on July 11, 2016, inviting him to click a link the sender said would lead him to a detailed investigation of his clinic. When Barquera didn’t follow through, the texts escalated. On the 12th, he got a text with a link to a purported court document, which the sender claimed mentioned Barquera by name. On the 13th, yet another text included a link that supposedly contained information about a funeral. The day after that, the sender wrote, “You are an asshole Simon, while you are working I’m fucking your old lady here is a photo.” The final text Barquera received in August said that his daughter was in “grave condition” after an accident, and included a link that would supposedly tell him where she was being treated. Alejandro Calvillo, director of the consumer rights nonprofit El Poder del Consumidor, received a text with a link claiming to be from a man who wanted to know if Calvillo could attend the man’s father’s funeral. Another text sent to Calvillo included a link that the sender said was a viral news story that mentioned him. The final target, Luis Encarnación, a coordinator for the obesity prevention group Coalicion ContraPESO, also received a text with a link claiming that he was named in a news article. The targets quickly got in touch with Citizen Lab and forwarded their text messages to the researchers. In February 2017, Citizen Lab released a new report linking NSO Group’s technology to the phishing attempts targeting the pro-soda tax campaigners. Citizen Lab researchers have also identified texts sent last summer to Mexican journalist Rafael Cabrera that they believe were an attempt to infect his phone with NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware. Cabrera, who now works for BuzzFeed Mexico, was targeted by hackers after he broke a story revealing a potential conflict of interest with the Mexican first family and a Chinese company.   Citizen Lab believes NSO Group may have also sold its mobile phone spying technology to many governments, including those of Kenya, Mozambique, Yemen, Qatar, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, Thailand, Morocco, Hungary, Nigeria and Bahrain.   Working with repressive regimes is standard practice in the cyberweapons industry. The Italian surveillance malware firm Hacking Team has worked with dozens of countries known to jail dissidents, according to emails uploaded to WikiLeaks. The FBI and the Drug Enforcement Agency were among the company’s customers, according to the documents. Despite recent scrutiny over Mansoor’s case, NSO Group’s value has exploded in recent years. Francisco Partners bought the cyberweapons dealer in 2014 for $120 million. It is now reportedly valued at over $1 billion. The human rights activists targeted with the company’s software haven’t fared as well. Mansoor was arrested in the UAE in March after he signed a letter calling for the release of political prisoners. He remains behind bars. CORRECTION: A previous version of this story said that Ahmed Mansoor is a human rights attorney. He is a human rights activist.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. 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16 июня 2017, 15:16

Booz Allen Hamilton downgraded to market perform from outperform at Raymond James

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15 июня 2017, 23:55

NSA Contractor Booz Allen Crashes After DoJ Launches Probe

Shares in Booz Allen Hamlton are crashing after hours (down 13%) after releasing an 8-K admitting that the Department of Justice is investigating the NSA Contractor's direct and indirect charging practices. In their 8K, they admit... On June 7, 2017, Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. (the “Company”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation, was informed that the U.S. Department of Justice is conducting a civil and criminal investigation relating to certain elements of the Company’s cost accounting and indirect cost charging practices with the U.S. government.   To date, our internal and external audit processes have not identified any significant deficiencies or material weaknesses, or identified any significant erroneous cost charging.   The Company is cooperating with the government in these matters and expects to bring them to an appropriate resolution. As a reminder this is the company that Edward Snowden worked for, and as The Washington Post previously noted, the CEO desperately tried to distance himself from any reputational risk in 2013... “I told our employees Mr. Snowden was on our payroll for a short period of time, but he was not a Booz Allen person and he did not share our values,” Shrader said.   “We cannot and will not let him define us." It appears they have more than 'leaks' to worry about.  

04 июня 2017, 17:37

28 ГБ секретных документов Пентагона выложили в интернет без пароля

Сотрудники ключевого подрядчика Министерства обороны США оставили на открытом сервере огромное количество служебной документации, лишенной всякой защиты от несанкционированного доступа. Помимо документов, в открытом доступе лежали и пароли к закрытым правительственным системам. Инцидент стал причиной сразу нескольких расследований. Пароли и 28 гигабайт секретных файловИзвестный эксперт по вопросам кибербезопасности Крис Викери (Chris Vickery) обнаружил большое количество служебной документации Минобороны США на публичном сервере в "облаке" Amazon S3. Документы в буквальном смысле лежали в открытом доступе без какой-либо защиты.Документация относилась к военному проекту, которым занимается Национальное агентство графических и картографических работ США. Всего на открытом сервере были размещены 60 тыс. файлов общим объемом порядка 28 ГБ.Исследуя архив, Викери обнаружил и несколько паролей, принадлежавших правительственным подрядчикам, имеющим доступ к секретным военным объектам. Эти пароли хранились безо всякого шифрования.Викери также нашел SSH-ключи, принадлежащие одному из высокопоставленных инженеров, работающих в корпорации Booz Allen Hamilton. Эта компания относится к числу крупнейших подрядчиков Минобороны США. Национальное агентство графических и картографических работ, ведомство, тесно сотрудничающее с ЦРУ, недавно выделило этой корпорации крупный грант.Самым неприятным открытием стало обнаружение мастер-пароля, обеспечивающего административный доступ к одной из самых закрытых и защищенных систем Пентагона."Мы проводим расследование..."Викери поспешно уведомил о своем открытии Booz Allen, но быстрого ответа не получил. Тогда он проинформировал Национальное агентство графических и картографических работ, и доступ к документам пропал в течение девяти минут.Позднее представители Booz Allen сообщили, что компания аннулировала ключи доступа и приступила к расследованию инцидента. Также было заявлено, что никаких признаков компрометации данных на данный момент не выявлено.Национальное агентство графических и картографических работ также заявило о начале своего собственного расследования."НАГКР очень серьезно относится к возможности раскрытия любой существенной, хотя и не секретной информации; все скомпрометированные пароли отозваны", - заявили представители компании.Потенциальная катастрофа"Произошедшее может иметь весьма негативные последствия для всех затронутых сторон, как с практической стороны, так и в PR-аспекте, - говорит Ксения Шилак, директор по продажам компании SEC-Consult Рус. - Помимо рисков, связанных с возможной утечкой ключей доступа к закрытым системам, это еще и демонстрация халатного отношения к защите данных. На репутации Booz Allen снова появляется крупное пятно: напомню, что именно там работал Эдвард Сноуден".Еще один сотрудник Booz Allen, Харольд Мартин (Harold Martin), был арестован в 2016 г. и получил обвинения в шпионаже после того, как у него дома обнаружили около 50 ТБ секретных данных.Таким образом, у партнеров Booz Allen могут возникнуть вопросы относительно протоколов защиты данных в компании - ими слишком часто пренебрегают.(http://safe.cnews.ru/news...)

04 июня 2017, 15:12

А потом ко всему этому оказываются причастны "русские хакеры"

В раздел "кибер":Сотрудники ключевого подрядчика Министерства обороны США оставили на открытом сервере огромное количество служебной документации, лишенной всякой защиты от несанкционированного доступа. Помимо документов, в открытом доступе лежали и пароли к закрытым правительственным системам. Инцидент стал причиной сразу нескольких расследований.Пароли и 28 гигабайт секретных файловИзвестный эксперт по вопросам кибербезопасности Крис Викери (Chris Vickery) обнаружил большое количество служебной документации Минобороны США на публичном сервере в «облаке» Amazon S3. Документы в буквальном смысле лежали в открытом доступе без какой-либо защиты.Документация относилась к военному проекту, которым занимается Национальное агентство графических и картографических работ США. Всего на открытом сервере были размещены 60 тыс. файлов общим объемом порядка 28 ГБ.Исследуя архив, Викери обнаружил и несколько паролей, принадлежавших правительственным подрядчикам, имеющим доступ к секретным военным объектам. Эти пароли хранились безо всякого шифрования.Викери также нашел SSH-ключи, принадлежащие одному из высокопоставленных инженеров, работающих в корпорации Booz Allen Hamilton. Эта компания относится к числу крупнейших подрядчиков Минобороны США. Национальное агентство графических и картографических работ, ведомство, тесно сотрудничающее с ЦРУ, недавно выделило этой корпорации крупный грант.Самым неприятным открытием стало обнаружение мастер-пароля, обеспечивающего административный доступ к одной из самых закрытых и защищенных систем Пентагона.«Мы проводим расследование...»Викери поспешно уведомил о своем открытии Booz Allen, но быстрого ответа не получил. Тогда он проинформировал Национальное агентство графических и картографических работ, и доступ к документам пропал в течение девяти минут.Позднее представители Booz Allen сообщили, что компания аннулировала ключи доступа и приступила к расследованию инцидента. Также было заявлено, что никаких признаков компрометации данных на данный момент не выявлено.Национальное агентство графических и картографических работ также заявило о начале своего собственного расследования.«НАГКР очень серьезно относится к возможности раскрытия любой существенной, хотя и не секретной информации; все скомпрометированные пароли отозваны», - заявили представители компании.Потенциальная катастрофа«Произошедшее может иметь весьма негативные последствия для всех затронутых сторон, как с практической стороны, так и в PR-аспекте, - говорит Ксения Шилак, директор по продажам компании SEC-Consult Рус. - Помимо рисков, связанных с возможной утечкой ключей доступа к закрытым системам, это еще и демонстрация халатного отношения к защите данных. На репутации Booz Allen снова появляется крупное пятно: напомню, что именно там работал Эдвард Сноуден».Еще один сотрудник Booz Allen, Харольд Мартин (Harold Martin), был арестован в 2016 г. и получил обвинения в шпионаже после того, как у него дома обнаружили около 50 ТБ секретных данных.Таким образом, у партнеров Booz Allen могут возникнуть вопросы относительно протоколов защиты данных в компании - ими слишком часто пренебрегают.

03 июня 2017, 17:11

TRUMP’s new problem: CEOs fall out of love -- FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: ‘The Putin Interviews’: Oliver Stone’s new Showtime special -- THE LONG GAME: MUELLER expands probe -- VOGEL to NYT -- ANDERSON COOPER is 5-0

Good Saturday morning. CONSIDER THIS. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said Friday that the president of the United States never once discussed whether he believed climate change was real as he considered pulling out of the Paris accord. Alex Guillen on Pruitt’s victory lap http://politi.co/2rvaJGgTHE END-ZONE DANCE -- JOSH DAWSEY, “Trump supporters revel in Paris exit: Bannon’s fingerprints on decision to leave climate agreement, a decision supporters say is broadly supported outside Washington”: “White House officials, advisers and others close to the president say Bannon’s job of convincing Trump is easier because the president has a natural tendency to take the same path as he — and that while Bannon irked the president with his behavior in the West Wing, Trump has never left him ideologically. While the president often crows about Gary Cohn’s success at Goldman Sachs, and may talk to his daughter, Ivanka Trump, more than anyone, Trump often gravitates toward the Bannon modus. Bannon supporters note enthusiastically that the so-called moderates in the West Wing don’t have much luck getting their way. It is less about his friendship with Bannon -- who didn’t respond to a request for comment -- or his personal opinion of him on any given day, advisers and aides say.“The combative chief strategist has repeatedly told Trump his base is solid, that liberals will never love him, the large crowds voted for him for a reason — and that he will be rewarded for keeping campaign promises. He reminds him of his populist credo and the large crowds at rallies. ... After the travel ban, Bannon told others he relished seeing the protests on TV. Bannon has told friends he ‘doesn’t give a s*** about’ the Grim Reaper portrayal on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ in the words of one person who has spoken to him.” http://politi.co/2sAESmTQUOTE OF THE DAY from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in Singapore, via WaPo’s Dan Lamothe: “‘To quote a British observer [Winston Churchill] of us from some years ago: Bear with us. Once we have exhausted all possible alternatives, the Americans will do the right thing,’ Mattis said, drawing some laughter. ‘So, we will still be there. And we will be with you.’”FIRST IN PLAYBOOK – “The Putin Interviews,” a four-night special featuring interviews between Oliver Stone and Russian president Vladimir Putin, premieres June 12 at 9 p.m. Showtime gave us an exclusive preview clip of Putin talking about how NATO is “a mere instrument of foreign policy of the U.S.” and that Russia has to respond with “countermeasures.” “We have to aim our missile systems at facilities that are threatening us.” He also recalls one of his last meetings with former President Clinton in Moscow when Putin said that Russia would consider joining NATO. Putin says Clinton told him: “Why not?” 90-second video http://bit.ly/2rtmn4r ... Trailer http://bit.ly/2s2vhbG ... Another clip of Putin talking about Edward Snowden http://bit.ly/2qPsgXoSIREN -- NEW DYNAMIC -- “America’s CEOs fall out of love with Trump,” by Ben White and Annie Karni, with a New York dateline: “The relationship between corporate America and Donald Trump’s White House has chilled. The regular parades of business titans into the West Wing are gone. A gathering of executives led by Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman initially planned for next week fell apart amid scheduling conflicts. Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Disney CEO Bob Iger quit as outside advisers to President Donald Trump following his rejection of the Paris climate accords. Dozens of other executives also publicly rebuked the White House over the decision, including Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein -- a former colleague of many top administration officials -- used his first-ever tweet to criticize the Paris decision, calling it a ‘setback for the environment and for the U.S.’s leadership position in the world.’“Chief executives and senior corporate lobbyists are also dismayed that the administration’s big Capitol Hill agenda -- including repealing Obamacare and passing massive tax cuts -- appears stalled. And the White House is now engaged in a very public fight with itself over how and when to raise the debt limit, a terrifying prospect for Wall Street and the rest of corporate America. Executives also remain puzzled by regular reports of imminent shakeups in the West Wing, including the possible replacement of chief of staff Reince Priebus.“The result is at least a temporary freeze as CEOs grow skittish about public association with a leader who likes to describe himself as the most business-friendly president to ever sit in the Oval Office. This is especially true for executives at big public companies, who have to take into account how both employees and shareholders will respond to interactions with an unpopular and controversial president.” http://politi.co/2rCe0W7DUH, via WaPo’s Sean Sullivan: “Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) sounded a deeply pessimistic note when he told a local television station he believes it’s ‘unlikely that we will get a health-care deal.’ Earlier in the week, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said he doubted a bill could pass before the August recess.” http://wapo.st/2s4e2XjMUELLER’S LONG GAME -- “AP sources: Special counsel on Russia probe expanding scope,” by Sadie Gurman, Eric Tucker and Jeff Horwitz: “The special counsel investigating possible ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia’s government has taken over a separate criminal probe involving former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and may expand his inquiry to investigate the roles of the attorney general and deputy attorney general in the firing of FBI Director James Comey, The Associated Press has learned.“Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told the AP in a separate interview that he would recuse himself from any oversight of special counsel Robert Mueller if he were to become a subject of Mueller’s investigation. ... Rosenstein acknowledged that Mueller could expand his inquiry to include Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ and Rosenstein’s own roles in the decision to fire Comey, who was investigating the Trump campaign.” http://apne.ws/2qKTgIzREPLACING COMEY -- “Trump’s continued search for new FBI chief seen as chaotic: sources,” by Reuters’ Julia Edwards Ainsley: “President Donald Trump is still looking for a new FBI director more than three weeks after he fired James Comey, and sources familiar with the recruiting process say it has been chaotic and that job interviews led by Trump have been brief.“Three close associates of three contenders for the job ... said the candidates were summoned to the White House for 10- to 20-minute conversations with Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Those conversations, which followed initial interviews at the Justice Department, have been light on questions about substantive issues facing the agency ... Another of the three sources described the process as chaotic and said that in one interview, Trump spoke mostly about himself and seemed distracted.” http://reut.rs/2qMuHPFKELLYANNE’S HUSBAND -- “Wachtell Lipton Partner George Conway Withdraws From Justice Department Consideration,” by Above the Law’s David Lat: “On Wednesday evening, George T. Conway III -- leading litigator, longtime partner at Wachtell Lipton, and husband of Kellyanne Conway, senior adviser to President Donald Trump -- sent a letter to the White House withdrawing from consideration to lead the Civil Division of the Department of Justice. Conway, also a finalist for the post of U.S. Solicitor General, emerged as the presumptive pick for assistant attorney general of the Civil Division back in March. Conway shared news of his withdrawal with friends and colleagues earlier this week.’” With Conway’s note to friends http://bit.ly/2sAsKSK THE NEW STRATEGY – “Trump officials clamming up about Russia probe,” by Matt Nussbaum and Darren Samuelsohn: “The Trump White House appears finally to be heeding its lawyers’ advice and clamping down on what it says about the Russia investigation. From the press secretary podium to the cable-news talk shows, President Donald Trump’s inner circle this week has mostly avoided responding to mounting questions about the congressional and special counsel probes into allegations the Republican’s campaign colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election. White House press aides since Tuesday have been directing all reporters asking about any of the probes to contact the president’s New York-based outside counsel, Marc Kasowitz. But so far, Kasowitz’s office hasn’t responded to a single inquiry from POLITICO.” http://politi.co/2rmi8JwCHOOSE YOUR NEWS -- WSJ: “Trump Considers Trying to Block Comey’s Testimony” http://on.wsj.com/2qN03p5 … NYT: “Trump Appears Unlikely to Hinder Comey’s Testimony About Russia Inquiry” http://nyti.ms/2rvyrSG NO LOVE LOST HERE -- “Democrats outraged by Trump ban on info requests,” by John Bresnahan: “Hill Democrats are outraged by a new Trump administration policy to ignore information requests from members and senators unless they come from committee or subcommittee chairman. They argue it’s part of a broader pattern by the White House, designed to make the executive branch less responsive to Congress.“And they say it effectively locks them out of information necessary for government oversight. From refusing to release White House visitor logs to scrubbing agency websites of health and safety data and refusing to respond to simple media requests on government operations -- or even admitting whether President Donald Trump is playing golf or not -- the Trump administration has made it harder for Democrats and the press to find out what is going on inside the White House and federal agencies.“This effort is sometimes being aided by Republicans on Capitol Hill, or undertaken at their behest. For instance, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) has asked federal agencies to refuse to comply with Freedom of Information Act requests designed to find out what data his panel is seeking from those agencies. Such FOIA inquiries are routinely made by journalists, lobbyists and political operatives. News organizations have strenuously objected to Hensarling’s demand. But the latest initiative by the Trump administration -- backed by a May 1, 2017, opinion drafted by the Office of Legal Counsel of the Justice Department -- has crossed a once unthinkable line, Democrats argue.” http://politi.co/2qL7LMg-- THIS IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE of why it is hard to see Democrats coming to the table with Trump and congressional Republicans on any major infrastructure or tax reform package. It could also cause further problems for Trump and GOP leadership when they need Democrats to pass the debt limit and other must-pass bills.BY THE WAY… -- The DCCC just reported another $640,000 in spending to boost Jon Ossoff in Georgia’s sixth district. Election Day is June 20.CASE IN POINT -- “Dems signal hardball in debt fight,” by Burgess Everett: “Democratic leaders may take a hard line against raising the debt ceiling if Republicans seek a tax cut that increases the deficit. The idea is for Democrats to receive a commitment from GOP leaders that their tax reform efforts will be revenue neutral. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters on Friday that her party would be hard-pressed to support a ‘clean’ debt ceiling lift with no policy attachments if it was merely to help clear the way for Republicans to slash tax rates. … While the idea does not yet have sign-off from the Senate Democratic Caucus, it has been discussed by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and some of his members.“Schumer suggested the strategy to Pelosi last week, a source familiar with the interaction said. Still, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and the White House have said it is their preference to do deficit neutral tax reform rather than budget-busting standalone tax cuts. It's not clear how Democrats would be able to enforce a tax reform commitment from Republicans as a condition of averting default. But because most bills need 60 votes to pass the Senate and House conservatives are loathe to increase the debt, Democrats do have significant leverage in the months ahead.” http://politi.co/2rCHpjbCOMING ATTRACTIONS -- “Supreme Court sets deadline for travel ban filings,” by Josh Gerstein: “The Supreme Court is giving the challengers to President Donald Trump’s travel ban executive order more than a week to respond to the government’s emergency request to let the order take effect. The court announced Friday a deadline of 3 p.m. June 12 to address the Justice Department’s filings Thursday night urging the high court to review the legality of the travel ban and to allow it to go into force while the litigation goes forward.” http://politi.co/2qRjB7aKEN VOGEL is joining the D.C. bureau of the N.Y. Times to cover conflict of interest issues, lobbying and money in politics starting June 26th. Per a staff memo from Elisabeth Bumiller: “Ken has broken hundreds of stories on everything from the Koch Brothers to the Tea Party to Corey Lewandowski’s lobbying firm. We’re thrilled to welcome him.” http://bit.ly/2s4lYIp Ken is a Politico original, a good colleague and friend. He helped make the place what it is today. We wish him well. NEW EVENT -- PLAYBOOK UNIVERSITY with D.C. MAYOR MURIEL BOWSER -- Join us TUESDAY EVENING for our inaugural Playbook University event with the mayor of Washington. We'll talk about the changing face of D.C., the city's politics and Washington in the era of Donald Trump. The event is at IN3, the Inclusive Innovation Incubator at 2301 Georgia Avenue, NW. RSVP http://bit.ly/2ruwqbIHMM -- WAPO -- “Nunes-led House Intelligence Committee asked for ‘unmaskings’ of Americans,” by Adam Entous and Ellen Nakashima: “The Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee asked U.S. spy agencies late last year to reveal the names of U.S. individuals or organizations contained in classified intelligence on Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, engaging in the same practice that President Trump has accused the Obama administration of abusing, current and former officials said. ... According to a tally by U.S. spy agencies, the House Intelligence Committee requested five to six unmaskings of U.S. organizations or individuals related to Trump or Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton between June 2016 and January 2017.” http://wapo.st/2rPWs9NDOJ WATCH -- “Justice Department defends Trump financial disclosure,” by Josh Gerstein: “The Justice Department is defending President Donald Trump's personal financial disclosure by arguing that the rules for such forms are so ambiguous that a lawsuit challenging the disclosure must be thrown out. The unusual argument came in response to a suit filed in March arguing that the financial disclosure Trump filed as a candidate last year was incomplete because it failed to indicate which of hundreds of millions of dollars-worth of outstanding loans Trump is actually personally liable for.“Instead, Trump’s form appears to blend his personal debts with those of businesses he has interests in, effectively obscuring which creditors may have the greatest leverage over him. All Trump’s debts are covered on a single page of his 104-page disclosure. According to the report, the listed loans exceed $300 million in total. The total amount of the loans is known to be much larger based on other data, but the disclosure form does not require details above $50 million for each loan that exceeds that amount.” http://politi.co/2sp96ddK STREET FILES -- “Insurance companies duck Obamacare repeal fight,”by Paul Demko: “The once-powerful health insurance lobby — the same one that killed Hillarycare a generation ago and helped usher in Obamacare — can't pick a side in the latest battle over America's health care system. … The result is the lobby has lost influence and is now struggling to mount a unified front against Republican efforts to push through an Obamacare replacement. At the same time, the Trump administration has ignored their pleas to stabilize Obamacare’s exchanges in the short term, which could send the wobbly insurance marketplaces crashing before the GOP agrees on a health care plan. …“AHIP officials and allies push back strongly against suggestions that the organization has been weakened. They argue that AHIP has picked its battles carefully, enabling the lobbying group to maintain communication with the Trump administration and lawmakers. ‘There’s a time to be in the fray, and there’s a time to be above the fray and to provide nuanced counsel to the policy makers,’ said Mark Ganz, CEO of Cambia Health Solutions and the immediate past board chair of AHIP. ‘I’ve been a voice that we need to be thoughtful and nuanced and not add to the noise.’” http://politi.co/2qMHT74THE PRESIDENT AND GOD -- “God and the Don: Presidents often turn to faith in times of crisis. That seems unlikely for Trump,” by CNN’s MJ Lee: “Two days before his presidential inauguration, Donald Trump greeted a pair of visitors at his office in Trump Tower. As a swarm of reporters waited in the gilded lobby, the Rev. Patrick O’Connor, the senior pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Queens, and the Rev. Scott Black Johnston, the senior pastor of Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, arrived to pray with the next president. ... ‘I did very, very well with evangelicals in the polls,’ Trump interjected in the middle of the conversation -- previously unreported comments that were described to me by both pastors. They gently reminded Trump that neither of them was an evangelical. ‘Well, what are you then?’ Trump asked.“They explained they were mainline Protestants, the same Christian tradition in which Trump, a self-described Presbyterian, was raised and claims membership. Like many mainline pastors, they told the President-elect, they lead diverse congregations. Trump nodded along, then posed another question to the two men: ‘But you’re all Christians?’ ‘Yes, we’re all Christians.’” http://cnn.it/2qKYwMhTHE NEW GILDED AGE – “The Doctor Is In. Co-Pay? $40,000,” by NYT’s Nelson D. Schwartz as part of the paper’s occasional series “The Velvet Rope Economy”: “‘I feel badly that I have the means to jump the line,’ said [media entrepreneur John Batelle]. ‘But when you have kids, you jump the line. You just do. If you have the money, would you not spend it for that?’ ... [J]ust as a virtual velvet rope has risen between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else on airplanes, cruise ships and amusement parks, widening inequality is also transforming how health care is delivered. ... [One VIP medical concierge practice has] annual fees that range from $40,000 to $80,000 (more than 10 times what conventional concierge practices charge).” http://nyti.ms/2rCUtoHMEDIAWATCH -- DAVE JACOBSON, co-founder of Jacobson & Zilber Strategies, a Democratic media and political consulting firm, and John Thomas, president of Thomas Partners Strategies, a Republican media and political consulting firm, have been named as CNN political commentators.CLICKER – “The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics,” edited by Matt Wuerker -- 11 keepers http://politi.co/2symniGGREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman:--“The Loneliness of Donald Trump,” by Rebecca Solnit in Lit Hub: “On the corrosive privilege of the most mocked man in the world.” http://bit.ly/2rkdBHd (h/t Longreads.com)--“Populism: The Phenomenon” – Bridgewater Daily Observations: “It is one of those phenomena that comes along in a big way about once a lifetime—like pandemics, depressions, or wars. The last time that it existed as a major force in the world was in the 1930s, when most countries became populist. Over the last year, it has again emerged as a major force.” http://bit.ly/2sngmpF (h/t Eliana Johnson)--“Touching the Void: Making Sense of Russian Jews’ Views on Russian News,” by Danielle Tcholakian in N.Y. Jewish Life: “Trump won 84 percent of the total Russian vote in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn; swept the Hasidic neighborhoods of Williamsburg, Borough Park and Crown Heights, and the Orthodox neighborhoods of Midwood and Mill Basin; and took more than half of the votes in the Russian areas in Rego Park and Forest Hills, Queens. ... But how is that reconciled with those same immigrants’ distaste for Russian President Vladimir Putin”? http://bit.ly/2qKlS8O--“Tour de Raunch,” by Christian Lorentzen in Book Forum: “A brief history of sex in American fiction.” http://bit.ly/2qP11MX (h/t ALDaily.com)--“The Rise and Fall of Toronto’s Classiest Con Man,” by Michael Lista in The Walrus: “His cons have been machine-tooled to weaponise the safeguards of due process. He represents himself, but always claims to have a lawyer who can’t make his hearings, so he is allowed adjournment after adjournment. He appeals all his evictions and is granted stays. He can fight an endless war of attrition because he’s immune to costs. Regan is the superbug produced by our legal hygiene.” http://bit.ly/2rAiIDZ (h/t TheBrowser.com)--“These 11 People Watch Every Movie, Especially the Gross Bits,” by WSJ’s Erich Schwartzel: “Hollywood’s ‘raters’ consult parental surveys to decide whether films deserve a ‘G,’ an ‘NC-17,’ or something in between; potato chips and ‘torture porn.’” http://on.wsj.com/2s2soYr--“How the World’s Most Interesting Man Befriended the World’s Most Powerful Man,” by Jonathan Goldsmith, author of “Stay Interesting: I Don’t Always Tell Stories About My Life, But When I Do They’re True and Amazing,” in POLITICO Magazine: “A beer commercial icon became an unlikely pal to the president of the United States. It stayed interesting.” http://politi.co/2qMsovO …$17.61 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2qKPJdb --“The Ghost of Capablanca,” by Brin-Jonathan Butler in Southwest The Magazine: “What Cuba’s legendary chess maestro—and the island’s enduring love affair with the game—reveals about the country’s uncertain future.” http://bit.ly/2rkk1X5 (h/t Longform.org)--“The Holdup: A Mobster, a Family and the Crime That Won’t Let Them Go,” by NYT’s Dan Barry: “He was once a feared member of the New England underworld, a specialist in robbing armored cars. At 80, he was years out of prison. But could his life of crime ever be behind him?” http://nyti.ms/2rNYqYD--“How the Self-Esteem Craze Took Over America,” by Jesse Singal in NY Mag: “And why the hype was irresistible.” “I want you to realize you are a wonderful, special person.” http://sciof.us/2rtdIi6 (h/t Longform.org)--“The Curious Case of the Disappearing Nuts,” by Peter Vigneron in Outside Magazine: “In California, millions of dollars' worth of almonds, walnuts, and pistachios are disappearing. Farmers are perplexed, the cops are confused, and the crooks are getting richer. We sent Peter Vigneron to the Central Valley to take a crack at the crimes.” http://bit.ly/2rO7hJJ--“Letter From Tôhoku,” by Ramona Bajema in Milken Review: “[F]armers [give] gifts of rice to relatives in Tokyo, later to find out that it had been tossed. Another variation on the theme: eligible young women from Fukushima feel they must conceal their hometown identity because their dates might think they won’t be able to bear healthy children. The word ‘Fukushima’ printed on a food product means that consumer demand will be nil for the foreseeable future.” http://bit.ly/2rNS77kSPOTTED: Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) yesterday at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills ... Jim Acosta last night at the rooftop bar of the W Hotel ... Joe Perticone at dinner at Martin’s Tavern last night ... Nancy Pelosi on Georgetown’s campus last night ... Josh Harder, 5th generation Central Valley Californian running for Congress, in town to meet with supporters at the “Saloon” on U Street yesterday evening ... Donna Brazile and Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) traveling separately Friday on a flight from SFO to DCA … former Iowa Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin and Iowa gubernatorial candidate Brent Roske on Thursday at new Des Moines hotspot Republic along with new Gov. Kim Reynolds’ deputy chief of staff Tim Albrecht and Jimmy Centers of Cornerstone Public Affairs – pic http://bit.ly/2rkuKRiHAPPENING TODAY -- GOING BALD: Dave Lugar of Lugar Hellmann Group and Katherine Lugar, CEO of American Hotel & Lodging, are hosting a “Brave the Shave” party to help raise money for pediatric cancer to show support for Olivia Egge, 16, who is battling Osteosarcoma. Lugar first “braved the shave” in 2015 after his niece Caroline passed away from cancer. Lugar and fellow lobbyist Paul Romness will go bald Saturday at a small event which is on the verge of raising $250,000 for St. Baldrick’s Foundation.TRANSITIONS -- Drew Godinich, formerly of 270 Strategies, has joined the DCCC as the western regional press secretary. (h/t Heather Purcell)BIRTHDAYS: Katie Allbritton is 6. She’s celebrating this weekend in Richmond at wedding of Jane Ann Coleman to Robert Daniels (Marco Rubio’s former assistant) (hat tips: Robert and Elena) ... Dr. Jill Biden ... Anderson Cooper is 5-0 ... Raul Castro, the president of Cuba, is 86 ... Erick Erickson is 42 ... Ann Stock (h/t Jon Haber) … Whitney Smith ... Abe Rakov ... Anders Felt, senior associate at Booz Allen Hamilton ... PR pro Eric Schmeltzer is 42 ... WSJ’s Michelle Hackman ... Nick Troiano, executive director of the Centrist Project, is 28 ... Terence Grado ... Mike Elk is 31 ... Mark Proctor ... Wyatt Smith, senior director of donor relations at the George W. Bush Foundation ... Tommy McFly, host of 94.7 Fresh FM’s The Tommy Show, is 31 ... Andrew Weinstein, GOP founder of Ridgeback Communications, Gingrich’s former spokesman, and #NeverTrump organizer, celebrating by draining the Swamp of much of its alcohol on his newly-refurbished deck with friends and family (h/t Nihal Krishan) ... Jeremy Levin ... Dick Deardon (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... Mashable’s Sophie Oreck ... Stéphane Blemus ... Politico’s Annesha Bhattacharya ... Politico Europe’s Bjarke Smith-Meyer ...... Don Teague ... Kellee Barron-Lanza, researcher extraordinaire and VP of Jackson-Alvarez Group … Sophia Sokolowski, associate policy analyst at the Biden Institute (h/t Dan Swartz) ... former Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-M.D.) is 91 ... former Rep. Solomon Ortiz (D-Texas) is 79 ... Eric Rosengren, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, is 6-0 (h/t Jewish Insider) ... Dennis Overbye, NYT’s “cosmic affairs correspondent,” per his Twitter ... Benjamin Cassidy ... Evan Medeiros, Eurasia Group managing director for Asia, former Obama WH point person on Asia in the NSC, and cigar and whiskey aficionado (h/t Ben Chang) … Bruce Bookhultz … Gail Pennybacker ... CNN alum Jen Buesinger ... Angie Young, the office “Mom” at Protocol at State, who sends out office-wide emails on 80+ staffers’ birthdays (h/t Nick Schmit) ... Joshua Miller ... Jim Kirk ... Chet Rhodes is 56 ... Sean McFate ... Susan Reimer ... Barbara Fitzgerald ... Katherine Amenta … Zach Zagar ... tennis player Rafael Nadal is 31 (h/t AP)THE SHOWS by @MattMackowiak, filing from Austin:-- NBC’s “Meet the Press”: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt … former Secretary of State John Kerry … former Vice President Al Gore … Megyn Kelly. Panel: Stephanie Cutter, Michael Gerson, Hugh Hewitt and Heather McGhee-- ABC’s “This Week”: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt … former Vice President Al Gore … Susan Rice. Panel: Alex Castellanos, Jonah Goldberg, Jen Psaki and Katrina vanden Heuvel-- “Fox News Sunday”: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt … former Vice President Al Gore. Panel: Brit Hume, Julie Pace, Jason Riley and Juan Williams … “Power Player of the Week” segment featuring 2017 commencement speakers--CNN’s “State of the Union”: Al Gore … U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley … Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) Panel: Jennifer Granholm, Nina Turner, Ken Cuccinelli and Bill Kristol-- CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) … Sen. Susan Collins (R-Me.) … U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley … House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) … NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Panel: Carol Lee, Slate and Jamelle Bouie, Ramesh Ponnuru and Adam Entous-- Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures”: Michael Mukasey … Mike Huckabee … Karen Handel and Nigel Farage. Panel: Ed Rollins and Jessica Tarlov-- Fox News’ “MediaBuzz”: Townhall.com editor Katie Pavlich … NPR’s Mara Liasson … Erin McPike … Carley Shimkus … Corey Lewandowski … Gillian Turner … Terrence Smith-- CNN’s “Inside Politics” with John King: Jennifer Jacobs, Jonathan Martin, Michael Shear and MJ Lee-- CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS”: Rana Foroohar, Richard Haass and Ernest Moniz … George Osborne … Yuval Noah Harari-- CNN’s “Reliable Sources”: Kaitlan Collins, Olivia Nuzzi and John Gizzi … Carl Bernstein … Josh Schwerin … former Sputnik White House correspondent Andrew Feinberg … The Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik-- Univision’s “Al Punto”: LatinoJustice president Juan Cartagena and Latino Partnerships executive director Alfonso Aguilar … United We Dream’s Julieta Garibay and Adonías Arevalo … Radio Caracas Television general director Marcel Granier … Colombian vice president Óscar Naranjo … singer-songwriter Pepe Aguilar and daughter Angela Aguilar-- C-SPAN: “The Communicators”: Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), questioned by Driven Tech media and telecom reporter Lydia Beyoud … “Newsmakers”: American Enterprise Institute president Arthur Brooks, questioned by USA Today’s Susan Page and The Washington Post’s Marc Fisher … “Q&A”: Former FCC chief economist and Clemson University’s Thomas Hazlett (“The Political Spectrum”)-- Washington Times’ “Mack on Politics” weekly politics podcast with Matt Mackowiak (download on iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher or listen at http://bit.ly/2omgw1D) Texas Public Policy Foundation general counsel and litigation director Robert Henneke.

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02 июня 2017, 00:26

Booz Allen Hamilton employee left sensitive passwords unprotected online

Government contractor was working under contract with intelligence agency.

31 мая 2017, 23:57

James Clapper And The Revolving Door Of Corruption In The Military Industrial Complex

Via Disobedient Media James Clapper is known for many things: Being accused by Colonel W. Patrick Lang of “damn near destroy[ing] the DIA.” Withholding information from lawmakers and not having a good reputation in the intelligence committees for being orostraightforward and actively forthcoming. Lying under oath in 2013. Receiving the Rosemary Award for having the worst open-government performance of 2013. Being derided as “another old hack in a job without teeth” by the global intelligence organization Stratfor and describing Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood as “largely secular.” Underestimating the war in Syria while also underestimating ISIS and overestimating the fighting capability of the Iraqi army. Stating that changes to the Benghazi reports were not made for political reasons, and that there was “no attempt to mislead the American people about what happened in Benghazi.” Having US senators remove a section of an intelligence bill requiring the White House to disclose information on “noncombatant civilians” killed by US drone strikes overseas. Lying to Congress by asserting that Julian Assange has been indicted for a sex-crime and falsely claiming under oath that there was no release of Republican data during the 2016 presidential elections. Clapper also has contended that he played in integral role in reporting on the presence of WMD’s in Iraq, stating that “my fingerprints were on that national intelligence estimate, I was in the community then” as well as his involvement in the manipulation of military intelligence reports. However, there is one aspect of Clapper’s history that has not received as much media coverage: his involvement with private intelligence contractors at the heart of corruption and inefficient defense policy. I. Booz Allen Hamilton James Clapper, who served as the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) from August 9, 2010 – January 20, 2017, was appointed by President Barack Obama to succeed Bush appointee Mike McConnell. While both men were appointed to their position by Presidents from opposing parties, both have one thing in common: Booz Allen Hamilton. Before being appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence in 2006, Clapper was an executive on the board of Booz Allen Hamilton. Similarly, Mike McConnell was Senior Vice President at Booze Allen Hamilton before his promotion to serving as DNI. In the aftermath of Clapper being appointed to DNI in 2010, McConnell returned to Booze Allen Hamilton where he become the Vice Chairman in 2011. In 2010, during his nomination hearing, Clapper was asked about the close relationship between the federal government and contractors. Clapper responded by defending the private sector’s role, stating: "I worked as a contractor for six years myself, so I think I have a good understanding of the contribution that they have made and will continue to make." In fact, the relationship between the federal government and Booz Allen Hamilton is so close that as Bloomberg noted, one could: “Name a retired senior official from the NSA or the CIA or the various military intelligence branches, and there’s a good chance he works for a contractor—most likely Booz Allen. Name a senior intelligence official serving in the government, and there’s a good chance he used to work for Booz Allen.” What is the significance of this? As reported in September of 2016, “For the first time since spy agencies began outsourcing their core analytic and operational work in the late 1990s, the bulk of the contracted work goes to a handful of companies: Leidos, Booz Allen Hamilton, CSRA, SAIC, and CACI International.” In other words, there is almost a complete monopoly on defense contracting in the U.S.. There is a club, and only former government employees are able to join it. II. Booz Allen Hamilton History Through Clapper’s Tenure as DNI Throughout Clapper’s tenure as Director of National Intelligence, Booz Allen Hamilton has had a series of problems in maintaining the intelligence secrets of the U.S. government. In 2011, the hacking collective, Anonymous, broke into a server operated by Booz Allen Hamilton, disclosing log-in credentials including 90,000 military email addresses and passwords. This information contained the login information for personnel from CENTCOM, SOCOM, the Marine Corps, Air Force facilities, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, as well as other private sector contractors. According to Anonymous, Booz Allen Hamilton, despite working with federal government on defense matters, lacks security. Anonymous targeted Booz Allen Hamilton due to the company’s involvement in the controversial SWIFT surveillance program. The Privacy Commission of Belgium, where the SWIFT program is headquartered, declared that the surveillance was a violation of European privacy laws. Despite this hack, Booz Allen Hamilton continued to receive government contracts. In February 2012, the Air Force proposed the debarment of the Booz Allen office in San Antonio, Texas, along with five of its employees, after a senior associate allegedly shared protected, non-public information regarding information technology support services contact that would have given Booz Allen an unfair competitive advantage. The Air Force agreed to lift their suspension of Booz Allen after the company agreed to pay the Air Force a $65,000 penalty. In 2013, Edward Snowden stole a significant amount of data from Booz Allen Hamilton before passing it to Wikileaks. These leaks showed the massive government surveillance being conducted by the NSA, in violation of American's Fourth Amendment Rights. However, one important detail that was vaguely mentioned was that Edward Snowden was and employee of Booz Allen Hamilton. More importantly, Snowden was an employee for Booz Allen for less than three months. While the information provided by Snowden has been extremely beneficial to the American people, it should be concerning to all Americans that an employee can pass a federal background check, and leak highly classified information to the public after being employed for three months. In fact, as reported by Reuters, hiring screeners at Booz Allen Hamilton found possible discrepancies in Snowden’s resume, but the company still chose to employ him. This raises questions of how competent these contracting agencies are in performing simple background checks. However, despite the “Snowden leaks”, the company would continue to win government contracts, as months later, Booz Allen would become one of 16 other companies to win a $6 billion contract, becoming one of the largest unclassified cybersecurity agreements in U.S. history. Some of the most notable contracts awarded to Booze Allen in 2013 included: June 17, 2013: $133 million award from GSA for program, tech, & sustainment IT support to assist PM TR & Product Mngmnt (PdM) Offices to procure & field tactical radio network communication systems. June 21, 2013: $25.8 million award from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to provide program and technical support to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Policy in coordination and management of its policy research and assessment. July 23, 2013: $78 million in competitive contract actions to support critical national health offices in its first quarter of fiscal year 2014. August 2, 2013: $900 million to support the integrated cybersecurity and Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (C4ISR) operations of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic (SCC Atlantic). August 22, 2013: $243 million award from Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)/NAWCAD Pax River to provide technical products & engineering services for JPALS, N-UCAS & UCLASS programs. Booz Allen Hamilton would continue to be awarded many notable contracts throughout 2013. In August 2013, when asked how Booz Allen is able to continue to be awarded such high profile contracts, Joe Newman, communications director for the watchdog group Project on Government Oversight, responded: “When you start talking about these contractors at the top of the list, a lot of times they’re what we call ‘too big to suspend or debar. Their tentacles are so deep in the government that it’s very hard for the government to punish them.” Newman went on to state that firms such as Booz Allen have a personal advantage, in that they not only spend millions on lobbying, but that, “Former executives of Booz Allen are in government, and people in government have gone into Booz Allen’s payroll; they know each other—they look out for their friends.” In October 2016, it was reported that another employee of Booz Allen was found to be in unauthorized possession of Top Secret information. Harold T. Martin III, who worked as a contractor to the NSA through the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, was found to be in possession of approximately 50,000 gigabytes, enough to store 500 million documents containing images and text. This information ranged from 1996 to 2016, and included a document regarding specific operational plans against a known enemy of the United States and its allies. The Justice Department disclosed that these documents included the names of covert intelligence officers were among the pilfered data. However, despite the arrest of a former employee in possession of Top Secret information, Booz Allen profit margins would not be hurt. In fact, despite this arrest, Booz Allen’s stock hit historic highs since it went public in 2010. Booz Allen’s stock would be upgraded from “neutral” to a “buy” rating, increasing the value from $33 to $41. III. Booz Allen Hamilton Is Owned By The Controversial Carlyle Group Booz Allen also acts as a subsidiary for a larger holding company with controversial connections to international private equity group which has troubling ties to figures linked to terrorism and oppressive regimes. In May 2008, Booz Allen Hamilton was purchased by the Carlyle Group. In 2010, the same year that James Clapper was appointed Director of National Intelligence, Booz Allen Hamilton went public. By 2013 the Carlyle Group owned 95.66 million shares, around 69% of company, which was valued at about $1.66 billion. The Carlyle Group is a global alternative asset manager with $162 billion of assets under management across 287 investment vehicles. The Washington Post has noted that as of March 31, 2010, Booz Allen Hamilton’s reported operating income of less than $200 million on revenue of $5.1 billion. However, within only 3 years, revenue rose to $5.8 billion, as operating income doubled to $446 million. As the Post notes, while sales rose slowly, profit margins rose dramatically, which explains how, “bottom line earnings went from $25 million in fiscal 2010, to almost nine times that in 2013.” Reports have indicated that this surge in profits was due to a massive influx of government spending. In 2013, it was further reported that company filings showed that 99% of Booz Allen’s overall revenue came from the federal government. In 2016, it was reported that 97% of Booz Allen’s overall revenue came from the federal government. On October 31st, 2001, The Guardian reported that the family of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was listed as one of the firm's multi-million dollar investors. The Bin Laden family is reported to have been invested in the Carlyle Group for six years.  In fact, as a member of the board, former President George H.W. Bush is also reported to have visited the Bin Laden family in Saudi Arabia twice on the firm's behalf. On January 8th, 2011, ABC News reported that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, considered by many to be an oppressive dictator, was using tear gas in order to disperse crowds of protestors. However, these tear gas canisters were labeled “Made in U.S.A.” and were being produced by Combined Systems International of Jamestown, Pennsylvania. Combined Systems International is partially owned by Point Lookout Capital and the Carlye Group. In 2012, the relationship between the Carlyle Group and the Middle East was further revealed with the release of the Global Intelligence Files by Wikileaks. According to an email from September 19, 2007, David Marchick, former Deputy United States Assistant Secretary of State who served in the Clinton Administration, represented the Carlyle Group in a sale of aviation assets to Dubai Aerospace Enterprise, in the United Arab Emirates. In 2016, after the release of the Panama Papers, the identity of another major investor in the Carlyle Group was brought to light. This investor was none other than billionaire George Soros. According to the Panama Papers, it was revealed that Soros Capital set up an offshore company in the Cayman Islands for the purpose of investing private equity with the Carlyle Group. Soros has spent hundreds of millions to support various anti-government movements, including the Women’s March, the People’s Climate March, the Tax Day protests and far left Berkeley protest group Refuse Fascism. The ACLU also began actively organizing and training protest movements just one month after Soros sank $35 million into the group. On May 26th, 2017, Disobedient Media reported that Soros was also supporting groups who were using the net neutrality movement as a means of promoting censorship of alternative and conservative media outlets. James Clapper's close affiliation with a defense industry riddled with corruption and firms who have specifically affiliated with figures who openly engage in hostile behavior towards the United States severely calls his credibility into question given the central role he has played in informing the U.S. government and public on matters pertaining to the current administration. Clapper has in the past disingenuously tried to claim that the Russian government intervened in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, while also admitting that there was no evidence of Russia affecting the vote tallies in any U.S. states. Given the current U.S. president's public commitment to cutting back on fraud, corruption and waste in all sectors of the U.S. government, the professional ties of those speaking as authorities on American political issues are of high importance. Clapper's indicate that they incentivize him to defend harmful and unethical practices, and will influence him to mislead rather than speak truthfully to the American people.

24 августа 2016, 10:27

Соединив дроны с облачными технологиями, основатели TraceAir создали новый сервис контроля строительных работ

Многие компании следят за стройками с помощью дронов. TraceAir пошел дальше — сервис высчитывает объем выполненных работ и сопоставляет с данными сметы

17 сентября 2015, 18:07

РЗВДК: Антироссийский рынок труда

(буду благодарен за острую критику к моему материалу на Вечернем политруке)Политически наивно питать иллюзии, будто политика США в части давления на Россию может измениться в ближайшей или среднесрочной перспективе.Пока в России сохраняется преемственность власти, а в составе актеров политического сериала под названием «выборы в США» не возникает независимых от воли «продюсеров» фигур, «международные» санкции против России, принятые США, странами ЕС и Британского содружества, сохранятся, и по мере углубления кризиса будут ужесточаться. Политическая машина запущена, бюджеты выделены, раздутые штаты пропагандистов, ВПК и частно-государственных спецслужб потирают руками, вспоминая хлебные годы Холодной войны.Чтобы удерживаться на ходу, эта конструкция непрерывно генерирует рапорты об успехах в «борьбе с Россией», — даже если «успех» выражается в «прорыве» на региональные выборы антипутинской партии.(Вообще, российской псевдо-оппозиции стоит усвоить, что до её нужд и чаяний функционерам бюрократической машины США начхать с высокой колокольни, как и на «вашу и нашу свободу». Любая антиправительственная движуха: статья, посадка, протест, громкое заявление…, – интересны лишь в той мере, которая позволяет записать в отчет «результат работы с гражданским обществом», и получить по итогам отчетности бонус).Политической же элите РФ целесообразно усвоить, что любая её уязвимость будет использована, чего бы она ни касалась – собственности (арест на имущество А. Роттенберга, наложенный итальянскими властями), здоровья (И.Кобзон, которому пришлось «пробиваться» за рубеж за лечением, с очевидным пренебрежением к ряду достойных самурайских традиций), семьи (обучения детей), работы (здесь вспоминается подавший в суд за санкции товарищ Киселев, не то питающий какие-то иллюзии насчет европейского правосудия, не то стремящийся лишний раз показать его лицемерие).Уязвимостью политиков и систем обязательно воспользуются для демонстративной порки, упреков и злословия, в т.ч. в расчете на смену политического вектора развития России, на отступление от политики, которую мы проводим. В расчете на капитуляцию, — в какие бы красивые слова ни договорились облачить политический крах России.США даже не пытается это особенно скрывать.Помощник госсекретаря США Виктория Нуланд с открытым забралом заявляет – антироссийские санкции США отменят только после того, как Крым снова станет украинским.Условия отмены санкций => http://www.vesti.ru/doc.html?id=2663372Это «101-е китайское предупреждение» для тех, кто рассчитывает «проскочить дождь между капельками», угодив «и нашим, и вашим». США на это не купятся, их стратегема проста: или капитуляция, переворот, заварушка…, которая превратит нынешнюю Россию в какую-то «другуюроссию», или — будут «закручивать гайки, пока в зобу не сопрет дыхание».=> http://vbulahtin.livejournal.com/1626010.htmlСейчас обсуждается, какой именно пакет санкций будет следующим. Причина их ввода будет сформулирована по ходу. Можно не сомневаться – после прежних разминок с резиновым изделием «санкции», сгодится любой повод: Украина, Сирия, «кибератаки России». Недаром же в судах США вдруг разболтались три года молчавшие «русские хакеры»…=> http://ftimes.ru/tech/11632-vtoroj-rossijskij-xaker-priznal-vinu-v-krupnejshej-kiberatake-v-ssha.htmlТо, что очередной пакет санкций ещё не введен, связано не с тем, что кто-то в политических верха США или ЕС «заболел» мирным здравомыслием. Просто взрослые серьезные прагматики (их иногда ошибочно называют «мировым правительством») посчитали, что не к лицу и дальше размахивать резиновыми изделиями, наблюдая, как это вызывает у России усмешку, а у мира — подозрения в беспомощности западного «мирового жандарма».Будущие меры должны быть действительно эффективными и разрушительными, и при этом не отразиться слишком болезненно на экономике США и прилегающих к ней «союзников».Если бы не этот бумеранг, не прогнозируемая ответная реакция России, санкции давно отвешивали бы оптом и в розницу в товарных количествах. Но мы огрызаемся довольно успешно, и поэтому Западу приходится искать ходы похитрей.РЗВДК располагает свидетельствами, что проект принятия новых санкций готовит компания Booz Allen Hamilton.Это одна из старейших консалтинговых фирм в мире. Она сотрудничает практически со всеми ведомствами в Правительстве США: в оборонной, в финансовой, в разведывательной сферах. Руководство Booz Allen Hamilton постоянно мигрирует в различные правительственные и околоправительственные учреждения США, — например, в Центр стратегических и международных исследований.=> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Booz_Allen_HamiltonИменно в Booz Allen Hamilton когда-то работал Эдвард Сноуден. Возможности данной «консалтинговой компании» кажутся почти безграничными.Э.Сноуден: «Моя должность в Booz Allen Hamilton предоставляла мне доступ к списку устройств по всему миру, которые подверглись хакерским атакам со стороны АНБ».=> http://vz.ru/news/2013/6/24/638610.htmlКонтракт, который для Агентства национальной безопасности (АНБ) США выполнял Э.Сноуден в Booz Allen Hamilton, был связан с радиоэлектронной разведкой.В конце 2012 года Booz Allen расширила свои операции в Северной Африке и на Ближнем Востоке, нарастив объемы работ в Кувейте, Омане, Катаре, Объединенных Арабских Эмиратах, с перспективой роста числа проектов в Бахрейне, Саудовской Аравии и Турции. Booz Allen помогла Правительству ОАЭ создать аналог Агентства национальной безопасности США.Разведывательный контур => http://www.boozallen.com/consultants/defense-consulting/intelligence-communityЕще один пример отраслевого разброса проектов и широких возможностей – вакансии Booz Allen Hamilton: общей сложностью почти 3000 текущих вакансий (и это в разрезе нескольких дней)Вакансии => http://careers.boozallen.com/search/Один из проектов, которым компания Booz Allen Hamilton занималась несколько лет – совместная с правительством США программа по отслеживанию финансовых операций в системе SWIFT.Теперь старейшая консалтинговая компания США, ранее приютившая Э.Сноудена, сделавшая сотни, если не тысячи проектов для Правительства США, ищет таких сотрудников (опубликовано 11 сентября 2015 года на интеграторе www.globaljobs.org, и возможно, это случайная утечка, которая скоро будет «зачищена»):Компании Booz Allen Hamilton требуется «Russian All Source Analyst». Расплывчатое название должности, «Аналитик по России, работающий со всеми источниками», конкретизируется в требованиях к соискателю.Booz Allen Hamilton требуется аналитик (или даже «следователь»), занимающийся финансовой разведкой – «investigator, or experienced FININT analyst».FININT – это финансовая разведка:=> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Financial_intelligenceПосле 11 сентября 2001 года ЦРУ США с Казначейством США стали основными кураторами программы «Finance Tracking Program», которая позволила этим организациям получить доступ ко всей базе операций SWIFT и отслеживать их в т.ч. с помощью компании Booz Allen Hamilton.Задачи нового «специалиста по России»:— Проведение исследований и анализ сложных финансовых и других, связанных с этим, операций, взаимоотношения и активы злокачественных (или «опороченных», «malign») режимов, негосударственных субъектов и их агентов,— Оказание помощи в определении уязвимости этих групп для целевых финансовых мер.— Обзор и анализ широкого спектра данных, законодательства, а также финансовых и бизнес-данных, чтобы провести письменный анализ схем движения финансов и разработать целевые финансовые санкции.=> https://www.globaljobs.org/jobs/4300-washington-dc-booz-allen-hamilton-russian-all-source-analyst-jobТаки образом, изобретение новых финансовых санкций – коллективная задача группы, в которую нанимают специалиста по «злокачественному российскому режиму».Группе требуется отработать проект «с межведомственными партнерами наших клиентов, чтобы помочь сформировать цели внешней политики Белого дома».Среди требований к квалификация «возможность работать в быстро изменяющейся рабочей среде, в многозадачном режиме, умение говорить и читать по-русски или по-украински».Украина – пока опорный повод для формирования нового пакета экономических и финансовых мер против России.Однако, «в многозадачном режиме в быстро изменяющейся рабочей среде» всё может стремительно измениться – не успеешь требования к вакансии придумать, а претензии к России умножились: и беженцы из-за неё, и хакерские атаки, и Эбола, и ИГИЛ.В удобное для постройки карьеры время живут молодые русскоязычные аналитики США. Политическая действительность обещает быть щедрой на поводы обвинять в чем-то Россию, за стабильный приличный доход в вечнозеленых единицах.Не дать «booz’отёрам» внести слишком много «финансовых уязвимостей» в отчет — вот на чем стоит сконцентрировать усилия отечественным специалистам, от экономических ведомств до служб безопасности коммерческих предприятий и «богатых и знаменитых» семей.