State Department deputy secretary Heather Higginbottom testified on Capitol Hill today that the State Department is routinely cyber-attacked. “We are attacked every day, thousands of times a day,” Higginbottom said in response to questioning from Georgia senator David Perdue.
Perdue asked, "Today, I'd like you to focus on this I.T. issue with me just a minute. You know, it looks like there are thousands of administrators that work for State, who might or might have access to independent investigations, as well as it looked to me like yesterday when we asked the question if there was a breach in the state system, the I.G. wouldn't necessarily know it immediately.
"Mr. Linick actually testified yesterday that the State network has actually been attacked and that it affected the Office of the Inspector General. He also told us that it took over six months to get an agreement with Diplomatic Security. Going forward, they'll notify the OIG when they go on their I.T. network. That's a Memo of Understanding, as I understand it. And with the change of administration, that may or may not be continued into the next administration. Would you comment on this I.T. independence issue and also Right of First Refusal, as well as this potential breach issue?"
Higginbottom responded, "Yes. Thank you, Senator. And I have enjoyed our conversations. Look forward to continuing them. I meet, as you know, with the I.G. every week. We discuss issues, like the ones you just raised. We worked through the issue of trying to get an MOU so that there was notification of any entry onto the system.
"Just recently, the I.G. has brought to my attention, as well as to the secretary's the request for a separate I.T. system. We're looking at that very carefully. We're seeking to understand how it would work. They need to have as he testified yesterday, some access to the systems they currently have. The architecture, we have to make sure our system is as secure as it possibly can be, given -- we are attacked every day, thousands of times a day. So we have to work -- those are difficult issues, but we're looking at that now and examining it. It's also important that we understand the costs."
Perdue responded, "I'm sorry to interrupt. Have you actually had a breach that you can talk about?"
"I can tell you, Senator, that we have been breached, this has been reported. Any further details of that, I’d be happy to have in a different setting," said Higginbottom.
Georgia's new Republican senator David Perdue took his first foreign trip as a member of Congress to Israel. Perdue, the former CEO of Reebok and Dollar General, met with Benjamin Netanyahu and appeared in a video statement with the Israeli prime minister. The Republican said he made his first trip as a sitting senator to Israel to make a statement about his personal support for the Jewish state, and thanked Netanyahu for his "hospitality."
Republican David Perdue has won his race for the U.S. Senate in Georgia against Democrat Michelle Nunn, CNN projects. Perdue is expected to win more than 50 percent of the vote, meaning the race will not have to proceed to a runoff.
Nunn, the daughter of former senator Sam Nunn, was considered one of the Democratic party's top recruits in a year that was otherwise expected to be good for Republicans. She and Perdue are both first-time candidates. Perdue, a businessman, is the cousin of former Republican governor Sonny Perdue.
Senate candidate Michelle Nunn of Georgia refused to say how she would have voted on the Affordable Care Act. While the Democrat was campaigning in Macon Monday, a local TV news reporter asked Nunn about her position on the law.
"Would you have voted for the president's health-care law, if you had the opportunity," the reporter asked.
"So, I've said that I wasn't there, obviously, six years ago," Nunn said. "What I would do is talk about where we should go."
The reporter tried the question again, imploring Nunn to consider it "knowing what you know now."
Barack Obama called into an Atlanta radio station to urge Georgia voters to elect Michelle Nunn to the U.S. Senate so that the president can "keep on doing some good work."
"If Michelle Nunn wins, that means that Democrats keep control of the Senate, and that means that we can keep on doing some good work," said Obama on V-103, an urban contemporary radio station. Listen to the audio below:
Ron Klain, the Democratic political operative tapped by President Obama to run the federal government's response to the Ebola virus outbreak, recently worked as a political adviser to Michelle Nunn, the Georgia Democrat running for the U.S. Senate. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:
Ron Klain starts work tomorrow as President Barack Obama’s Ebola “czar,” or point person to coordinate various agencies involved in containing the outbreak.
Georgia Democrat Michelle Nunn experienced a week of embarrassment late last month when National Review's Eliana Johnson published a leaked memo from Nunn's Senate campaign. The memo was essentially Nunn's plan for how to win her race in Georgia, a state her Democratic father represented in the Senate until 1997 but that had grown more Republican in the ensuing years.
Businessman and first-time candidate David Perdue pulled off what the Atlanta Journal-Constitution calls a "political shocker" by winning the Republican primary runoff for the U.S. Senate in Georgia Tuesday. Perdue defeated Republican congressman Jack Kingston, who had the backing of much of the party establishment in Georgia, most of the Republican House delegation, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
In the lead-up to Georgia's July 22 GOP runoff election for U.S. Senate, Congressman Jack Kingston of Savannah has received an endorsement from the Heisman Trophy-winning University of Georgia football legend Herschel Walker. Walker, a Georgia native and star running back of UGA's undefeated 1980 season, says in a new ad from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that he cares "deeply about Georgia's future."
"Thats why I want my friend, Jack Kingston, carrying the ball for us in Washington," says Walker. Watch the ad below:
The Associated Press reports that former CEO David Perdue and congressman Jack Kingston won first and second place, respectively, in Tuesday's Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Georgia. Because Perdue, at 30 percent, did not win an outright majority, both he and Kingston (who got 26 percent) will face off in a runoff election for the GOP nomination on July 22. Fewer than 25,000 votes separated Perdue and Kingston.
If there’s one thing we know about today’s Georgia Republican primary for U.S. Senate, it’s that we really don’t know who will win. Or, more precisely, we don’t know which candidates will come in first and second to proceed to the inevitable runoff election in July. With five major candidates in the running, it’s unlikely the winner will get the necessary 50 percent support to avoid a runoff. So even after today, we still won’t know who will be the Republican nominee in November.
With just days before Georgia's May 20 primary election, the leading Republican candidate has suggested he would support raising taxes as a way to fix the economy. Speaking to editorial board of the Macon Telegraph, businessman David Perdue said he supports "both" curbing government spending and increasing revenue. When a member of the board pointed out that "increasing revenue" is a euphemism for "raising taxes," Perdue reportedly "chuckled."