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Biden's pick for U.S. cyber ambassador faces a nomination hearing, and more than 100 experts want a quick confirmation. Federal privacy legislation could spell trouble for consumers. And Taiwan gets hit with DDoS attacks ahead of Pelosi's arrival. This is CyberScoop for Aug. 2.

Experts push for Fick's speedy nomination

A bipartisan group of 106 national security experts, ex-government officials and industry leaders sent the Senate Foreign Relations Committee a letter Tuesday urging it to quickly push forward the nomination of Nate Fick to serve as the State Department’s first ambassador at large for cyberspace and digital policy, according to a copy of the letter obtained by CyberScoop. The letter said Fick's background as a former cybersecurity CEO and military leader with an extensive network of Washington contacts will help him build "diverse sets of economic, military, and political coalitions to advance our national interests and help protect our nation in the cyber domain.” Suzanne Smalley has it.

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Privacy bill sets up FCC dilemma

A provision in federal privacy legislation making its way through the House would strip the Federal Communications Commission of its authorities to oversee telecom industry privacy. Some privacy advocates warn that the move could give telecoms a free pass to mishandle consumer data. The bill would hand the oversight to the Federal Trade Commission, but some experts worry the agency doesn't have the necessary resources or authorities. The FCC currently enforces important consumer protections including data breach notification rules. Tonya Riley reports.

Taiwanese sites hit with DDoS ahead of Pelosi visit

The websites for the president of Taiwan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and others suffered intermittent access issues as a result of relatively minor DDoS attacks Tuesday in the hours ahead of Speaker Nancy Pelosi's historic visit to the island. The unattributed attacks came as the Chinese government warned of disastrous consequences if the U.S. mishandled the trip as tensions between the U.S. and China mount. The attacks were minor, experts said, and did not cause prolonged outages. More from AJ Vicens.

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