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The U.S. has prepared to launch a cyber attack on Russia if it directly interferes with the midterm elections next week, according to a report from the Center for Public Integrity (CPI).

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The Chinese military surreptitiously inserted tiny microchips no larger than single grains of rice into servers on local assembly lines in order to gain access to data networks run by U.S. government agencies ranging from the Department of Defense to the Central Intelligence Agency, according to an explosive investigation from Bloomberg.

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It’s not the endorsement Facebook, Twitter or Google wants.

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Will Russia’s broad range of nefarious cyber activities be addressed at Monday’s summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin? That’s one of the big questions surrounding the summit. National Security Advisor John Bolton affirmed that Russian interference operations and cyber attacks would be on the agenda, and Trump reaffirmed this during press conferences in Europe, but speculation continues due to the conflicting statements that election interference occurred.

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Trump administration officials “believe” that the White House Chief of Staff John Kelly’s personal cell phone was “compromised” while he was serving as Secretary of Homeland Security, several anonymous U.S. government sources told Politico on Oct. 5. Although the White House claimed the former Marine general only used a secure work phone for government business (which, well, lol), those sources said Kelly “turned his phone into White House tech support this summer complaining that it wasn’t working or updating software properly” — a period of time, officials fear, that “hackers or foreign governments may have had access” to sensitive data from Kelly’s time as one of the nation’s highest law enforcement officers, according to Politico.

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