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House GOP cam­paign arm tar­geted by ‘un­known en­tity’

WASH­ING­TON — Thou­sands of emails were stolen from aides to the Na­tional Re­pub­li­can Con­gres­sional Com­mit­tee dur­ing the 2018 midterm cam­paign, a ma­jor breach ex­pos­ing vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties that have kept cy­ber­se­cu­rity ex­perts on edge since the 2016 pres­i­den­tial race.

The email ac­counts were com­pro­mised dur­ing a se­ries of in­tru­sions that had been spread over sev­eral months and dis­cov­ered in April, a per­son fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter told The As­so­ci­ated Press. At least four dif­fer­ent party aides had their emails surveilled by hack­ers, said the per­son, who was not au­tho­rized to dis­cuss the de­tails pub­licly and spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity.

The com­mit­tee said an “un­known en­tity” was be­hind the hack but pro­vided few other de­tails. A cy­ber­se­cu­rity firm and the FBI have been in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter, the com­mit­tee said. The FBI de­clined to com­ment.

Po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated cy­beres­pi­onage is com­mon­place across the world, but Amer­i­cans have be­come par­tic­u­larly alert to the pos­si­bil­ity of dig­i­tal in­ter­fer­ence since Rus­sia’s med­dling in the 2016 elec­tion.

Re­port de­tails new al­le­ga­tions of Moonves’ sex­ual mis­con­duct

A re­port by CBS lawyers out­lines more al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct by long­time chief Les Moonves, The New York Times re­ported.

The re­port al­leges that Moonves de­stroyed ev­i­dence and mis­led in­ves­ti­ga­tors as he at­tempted to pro­tect his rep­u­ta­tion and sev­er­ance pay­ments. It says in­ves­ti­ga­tors had re­ceived “mul­ti­ple re­ports” about a net­work em­ployee who was “on call” to per­form oral sex on Moonves.

“A num­ber of em­ploy­ees were aware of this and be­lieved that the woman was pro­tected from dis­ci­pline or ter­mi­na­tion as a re­sult of it,” it cited the re­port as say­ing. “Moonves ad­mit­ted to re­ceiv­ing oral sex from the woman, his sub­or­di­nate, in his of­fice, but de­scribed it as con­sen­sual.”

Bal­lot fraud in­ves­ti­ga­tion mud­dies N. Carolina elec­tion

RALEIGH, N.C. — Al­le­ga­tions of fla­grant ab­sen­tee bal­lot fraud in a North Carolina dis­trict have thrown the Elec­tion Day re­sults of one of the na­tion’s last un­re­solved midterm con­gres­sional races into ques­tion.

Un­of­fi­cial bal­lot to­tals showed Re­pub­li­can Mark Har­ris ahead of Demo­crat Dan McCready by 905 votes in the 9th Con­gres­sional Dis­trict. But the state elec­tions board re­fused to cer­tify the re­sults last week in view of “claims of nu­mer­ous ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties and con­certed fraud­u­lent ac­tiv­i­ties” in­volv­ing mail-in bal­lots in the dis­trict.

The elec­tions board has sub­poe­naed doc­u­ments from the Har­ris cam­paign, a cam­paign at­tor­ney con­firmed Tues­day. In­ves­ti­ga­tors seem to be con­cen­trat­ing on ac­tiv­i­ties linked to a long­time po­lit­i­cal op­er­a­tive from Bladen County, where al­le­ga­tions about mail-in ab­sen­tee bal­lots also sur­faced two years ago dur­ing a tight elec­tion for gov­er­nor.

Cuba to be­gin full in­ter­net ac­cess for mo­bile phones

HA­VANA — Cuba an­nounced Tues­day night that its ci­ti­zens will be of­fered full in­ter­net ac­cess for mo­bile phones be­gin­ning this week, be­com­ing one of the last na­tions to of­fer such ser­vice.

Mayra Are­vich, pres­i­dent of the Cuban state tele­com monopoly ETECSA, went on na­tional tele­vi­sion to say Cubans can be­gin con­tract­ing 3G ser­vice for the first time Thurs­day.

Un­til now, Cubans have had ac­cess only to staterun email ac­counts on their phones.

The Cuban govern­ment has been build­ing a 3G net­work in cities across the is­land and some tourists, Cuban govern­ment of­fi­cials and for­eign busi­ness­peo­ple have had ac­cess to it for sev­eral years.

The com­mu­nist-gov­erned is­land has one of the world’s low­est rates of in­ter­net use but that has been ex­pand­ing rapidly since Pres­i­dents Barack Obama and Raul Cas­tro de­clared de­tente in 2014.

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