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Democratic leaders in Congress want a full explanation of a reported influence operation. COVID-19 is a major test for public trust, too. And a new parliamentary report asks why Boris Johnson wasn't interested in Russian disinformation. This is CyberScoop for Tuesday, July 21.

Dems ask FBI for classified election security briefing

Top Democratic lawmakers have asked the FBI to brief Congress on threats to the 2020 election, citing a “concerted foreign interference campaign” against the legislative branch and public opinion. There is urgency to the letter from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer: They want the briefing done by the August recess. The letter to the FBI director, which was also signed by the top Democrats on the House and Senate intelligence committees, did not elaborate on the nature of the disinformation campaign. But they did include a classified addendum that reportedly includes more evidence. Sean Lyngaas has the story.

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Heads up: Key cyber provisions expected to pass today

A slew of cybersecurity-related amendments, including one that would create a White House cybersecurity post, are part of the annual defense policy bill that is expected to pass the House of Representatives today. The $741-billion legislation would also strengthen DHS’s cybersecurity agency, CISA, by giving the agency’s director a five-year tenure and by allowing CISA more freedom to search for threats on other agencies’ networks. The amendments draw heavily from recommendations from the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, a congressionally mandated investigation of American frailties in cyberspace. More here.

Privacy concerns slow contact tracing app rollout

The coronavirus pandemic is the largest global health crisis since smartphones and other mobile devices became ubiquitous. Since its start, government officials have promised that contact tracing will move online, too. While state and local governments have been quick to embrace all sorts of new technology to fight COVID-19, contact tracing apps have been slow to develop. Part of that can be attributed to public reluctance — polls have found that as many as 71% of people would refuse to use such an app — but governments themselves are also hesitate to move beyond classic tracing methods like phone calls and media interviews. Benjamin Freed has more at StateScoop.

Britain didn't bother to question Brexit disinformation

Boris Johnson's government has failed to investigate whether Russian intelligence operatives sought to influence the U.K.'s Brexit referendum, according to a new report from Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee. The committee, the oversight body for MI5 and MI6, had asked for more information about reported Russian attempts to sway British public opinion against the European Union, only to find little evidence. It's one reason the release of the report was delayed for nine months. "The outrage isn't that there was interference, the outrage is that no one has wanted to know if there was interference," said Kevan Jones, a Labour member of the committee. The Daily Beast has the details.

Apple should help stop fraud, suit says

Apple isn't doing enough to stop gift card scams because it's making money from them, according to a class action lawsuit proposed in a federal court in San Francisco. Typically, gift card fraud occurs when scammers convince victims to send them money in the form of an iTunes card, allowing attackers to spend those points on in-app purchases or re-sell the card numbers on the black market. The thieves take most of the profit, but Apple also makes 30% on any App Store purchases. That cut is enough for Apple to turn a blind eye toward the initial theft, according to the suit. The court gave Apple 21 days to respond. Read the allegations here.

How is information being shared during the pandemic?

Despite the world being in the state it’s in, there is still an internet to defend. Whether its information about criminals spinning up COVID-related scams, a run-of-the-mill ransomware attack, or some other form of cybercrime, information still needs to be shared between enterprises in order to keep things working as much as possible. On this episode, Greg Otto talks to Dan Young, Founder of QuoLab, about what he’s doing to help keep the lines of information sharing open, especially in this heavily-remote workforce world we are all living in. Listen here.

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