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Iowa vote tally app debacle should inform security, tech in future elections

Iowa Democrats have struggled to declare a clear winner in this week’s caucuses – the DNC chairman just called for a recanvassing – but a clearer picture is emerging of the largely untested app – reportedly just two months old – that led to the state party’s counting woes and the impact that technology is…
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Iowa Dems say reporting inconsistencies, not hack, caused delays in caucus results

The Iowa Democratic Party late Monday night said reporting discrepancies, not a hack, were responsible for delays in reporting results from the Iowa caucus.  “This is simply a reporting issue, the app did not go down and this is not a hack or an intrusion,” Mandy McClure, communications director for the Iowa Democractic Party, said in a statement.  ”The…
Israel comes under cyber attack
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Netanyahu’s Likud Party election app leaked personal info on Israel’s 6.4M voters

If the technology failure at the heart of the Iowa caucus debacle seemed bad, consider that an app used by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party just exposed personal data on more than 6.4 million Israelis – in other words, the entirety of the country’s voter database.  Likely at fault, according to a report…
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GOP canvassing app credentials exposed in code repository

Access credentials for Campaign Sidekick app, used by Republican campaigns for voter contacts, surveys and canvassing, were exposed in a code repository within a publicly accessible .git directory, a version control system that records code base changes during software development so that developers can work from the same code.   “The same operations that make…
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Voatz mobile voting app vulnerable, MIT researchers say

On the heels of the voting app debacle during the Iowa Democratic caucuses, researchers at MIT have found multiple security- and privacy-related vulnerabilities in an online voting app, Voatz, used in West Virginia during the 2018 midterm elections and on track to be used again for the 2020 contests, according to a security audit released…
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YouTube stresses deepfake ban

Ahead of the Iowa caucuses – and the chaos that ensued after an app failed – YouTube reminded its community that deepfake videos – and other misleading videos aimed at voters that pose “serious risk of egregious harm” – are banned and will be removed. Viewers won’t see birtherism videos or any other footage that…
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Super Tuesday prompts election security vigilance, government warning

The biggest story on Super Tuesday might not be whether former Vice President Joe Biden; Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; or Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., pick up the most delegates, but rather if polling stations or election-related entities have to fend off any hinky cybersecurity activity, tech problems or disinformation campaigns. Recent contentions that Russia has continued…
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Facebook CEO Zuckerberg to testify today before Congress

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to testify before several Congressional committees in the coming days to address data privacy concerns around his company, as well as, the Russian election interference and from his pre-released comments, it appears the CEO won’t be looking to skirt blame. Zuckerberg is set to testify before the Senate Commerce,…
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Land of the giants – Cybersecurity in 2018

2018 threw some cybersecurity curve balls but it also looked a lot like 2017…only bigger. Teri Robinson reports. Once upon a time, a Starwood breach exposed 500 million customers… $3.2 billion was lost to phishing attacks… 2.3 billion account credentials were compromised… A ransomware attack on the Sacramento Bee exposed the records of 19.5 million…
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