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Q&A with Rep. Ted Lieu

Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., is in his first term as a member of Congress, but he's quickly gained national attention for his work on cybersecurity. The Stanford graduate is one of just four members with a degree in computer science, and he believes Congress is in the "dark ages" on certain related issues.

"With 10 being very secure and one being not, I would say about a two," Lieu said when asked to rank how secure the average member was from hackers.

U.S. will hold off on calling out Chinese over hacking

The first ministerial meeting between China and the U.S. will take place Dec. 1-2. But don't expect U.S. officials to accuse China of violating their anti-hacking agreement.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Loretta Lynch will lead the U.S. delegation at the meeting in Washington.

"I would not characterize our first ministerial as any sort of deadline, and I think we will assess compliance with the written commitments as we go," Johnson said at a Council on Foreign Relations event on Wednesday.

Teens hack FBI leader's personal email

The deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is the latest national security official who appears to have had a personal account hacked by teenagers.

The group of teenagers, who call themselves "Crackas With Attitude," told Vice Motherboard on Wednesday that they made their way into an account belonging to FBI Deputy Director Mark Giuliano. The group first made news in October for hacking into a personal AOL account belonging to Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan, and a Comcast account belonging to Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson.

Report: Iran targets U.S. officials in hacking spree

Hackers backed by Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps have hacked top administration officials in the United States, according to an official quoted in the Wall Street Journal late Wednesday.

"U.S. officials were among many who were targeted by recent cyberattacks," the source said. Those officials included staffers in the State Department's Office of Iranian Affairs and its Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, in addition to some journalists and academics.

Study: Androids targeted by 20,000 'trojanized' apps

Android users are being targeted by more than 20,000 "trojanized" pieces of adware masquerading as legitimate applications, according to new research.

In research released on Wednesday, mobile security company Lookout says that malware called "Shuanet" is infecting Android devices by posing as popular applications like Facebook, Okta, Twitter, and WhatsApp.

"Unlike older types of adware that were obvious and obnoxious, prompting users to uninstall them, this new type of adware is silent, working in the background," Lookout's researchers write.

U.S. fails to protect companies from Chinese hacks, experts say

The Obama administration is failing to adequately defend American companies against Chinese commercial espionage, according to two former intelligence officials.

"We need to find a way to raise the consequences for Chinese economic espionage. Signing an agreement where we both agree that we won't do it tells me that they are in exactly the wrong place to push back on Chinese economic espionage," Mike Rogers, former House Intelligence Committee chairman, told the 
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