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FBI Investigates Suspected Russian Hacking of Government Networks

By Steve Neavling

The FBI is investigating hackers who breached the Treasury and Commerce departments, along with other government agencies, gaining access to their email systems. 

Russian government hackers appear to be behind the intrusion, The Washington Post reports, citing people familiar with the matter.

The hackers, whose nickname is Cozy Bear or APT29, also were behind the hacking of the State Department and White House email servers during the Obama administration. 

Authorities are still trying to determine the nature and extent of the breach. It’s not yet clear whether classified material was obtained. 

The campaign may have begun as early as spring. 

Federal law enforcement declined to comment on the intrusion over the weekend. 

Former FBI Director Freeh, Alan Dershowitz Lobby for Sanctioned Israeli Billionaire

Former FBI Directors Louis Freeh (center) with ex-Attorney General Mike Mukasey and William H. Webster in 2008, via FBI.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh has teamed up with controversial defense attorney Alan Dershowitz to register to lobby the U.S. government on behalf of an Israeli billionaire with a sketchy past, according to a registration form reviewed by CNBC.

The Trump administration sanctioned the international businessman, Dan Gertler, for making “hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of opaque and corruption mining and oil deals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” the Treasury Department said in December 2017.

Dershowitz, an outspoken supporter of Trump, said he’s an attorney for Gertler.

“I am acting as a defense lawyer, not a lobbyist. But the rules require registration if you present a defense to a non-judicial agency,” he told CNBC.

Dershowitz and Freeh are lobbying the Treasury Department, which froze Gertler’s assets two years ago.

Freeh’s security team was hired by Dershowitz to investigate claims that he sexually assaulted a woman who later alleged she was abused by Jeffrey Epstein. In 2016, Freeh said his independent investigation “found no evidence to support the accusations of sexual misconduct.”