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Overnight Cybersecurity: Mueller adds cyber prosecutor to Russia team | DHS steps up election security aid to states …

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–DHS SPEEDS UP ELECTION SECURITY HELP TO STATES: A top cybersecurity official at the Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday he expects the department to complete rigorous election security tests requested by a number of states by April. Bob Kolasky, the acting deputy undersecretary in Homeland Security’s cyber unit, acknowledged previous reports of a backlog of risk and vulnerability assessments, which the department has offered to states as part of its designation of election infrastructure as critical. Politico reported in

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Mueller team adds prosecutor specializing in cyber crime

Ryan Dickey, a veteran cyber crime prosecutor, has joined special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE‘s team of investigators. 

A spokesman for the special counsel’s office confirmed to The Hill on Wednesday that Dickey was assigned to Mueller’s investigation in early November from the Justice Department’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section. 

The Washington Post first reported that Dickey had joined Mueller’s team. 

Dickey is the first known veteran prosecutor of cyber crimes to join the special counsel investigation, which is examining Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

Mueller took over the law enforcement investigation in May, after President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey

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