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    Sony Cyberattack Implications

    Panelists talked about the strategic implications of the November 2014 cyberattack* on Sony Pictures. Former House Intelligence Committee Chair Mike Rogers (R-MI) said that the attack was a “new day” in cyberspace with every “criminal organization” watching U.S. response.. Paul Stockton talked about the President’s Obama’s proposal in response to the attack, which encourages information sharing between the private sector and the government, and increases penalties for cyber attacks.

    * The North-Korean sponsored attack on Sony included a release of confidential data belonging to the media conglomerate and a demand from the hackers that Sony cancel the release of The Interview, a flim about a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

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    Russian Hacking and Cybersecurity

    Top U.S. intelligence officials testified at a hearing on on cybersecurity threats, including Russia’s series of 2016 election-season cyberattacks. The witnesses agreed that Russia was behind the hacking and disseminating of fake news in the election. In response to question on President-elect Donald Trump’s criticism of U.S. intelligence agencies, National Intelligence Director James Clapper said, “There’s a difference between skepticism and disparagement.”

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    Privacy and Government Surveillance, Part 1

    Panelists previewed the incoming Trump administration’s relationship with the intelligence community. In addition, speakers talked about the implications of Russia hacking into the Democratic National Committee computers and attempts to interfere in the 2016 election.

    “Intelligence Under a Trump Administration” was part of the day-long 2016 Cato Surveillance Conference with intelligence officials, security experts, and professors on government surveillance and privacy concerns.

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    President Obama Year-End News Conference

    President Obama spoke reporters and responded to their questions on a variety of topics prior to his annual trip to Hawaii for the holidays. President Obama talked about the accomplishments of the past eight years. Other topics included Syria, Russian hacking, and the integrity of the U.S. election process.

    There was a brief interruption when President Obama paused to call for assistance for an attendee who collapsed.

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    Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton American Legion Speech

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addressed the American Legion National Convention in Cincinnati. She spoke about the value of veterans and the military, as well as the importance of diplomacy and maintaining relationships with the nation’s allies. Ms. Clinton also said she would work to reform and strengthen the Department of Veterans Affairs system if she is elected president, as well as continue to build and maintain the coalitions established and fostered during the Obama administration.

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    Donald Trump News Conference

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump held a news conference at his resort in Doral, Florida. He urged Russia to “find” the missing emails from Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s private server she used while secretary of state. These comments come after reports that claim the country was behind the hacking into the Democratic National Committee emails. Mr Trump repeatedly denied any ties to Russia. He also commented on other topics, including reports that he considered Governor John Kasich (R-OH) as his running mate.

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    Chinese Hacking Charges

    The Justice Department announced it had filed charges against five members of a Chinese military unit for hacking into the computer systems of five American companies and one labor union in order to steal trade secrets. The charges allege that members of Chinese Army Unit 61398 based in Shanghai broke into the networks of SolarWorld, Westinghouse Electric, U.S. Steel, Alcoa, Allegheny Technologies and the United Steel Workers Union. According to the charges, the hacking was done in order to gain economic advantages over the American firms.

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    White House Daily Briefing

    Eric Schultz briefed reporters and responded to their questions on a variety of issues. Topics included the potential government shutdown at midnight, and President Obama’s request for an intelligence report on Russia and other foreign actors accused of hacking into the U.S. election process. Mr. Schultz said the report would be completed before the end of President Obama’s term and will contain evidence of “malicious cyber activity” dating back to the 2008 election.