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QBot malspam campaign preys on Americans anticipation for election news

The campaign, which researchers began tracking early Wednesday morning as President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden were locked in a number of close races across different battleground states, leverages email lures with zip files or attachments with names like “Election Interference.”

Enlist the security community to safeguard our elections this fall

This election cycle we’re running a high-stakes presidential race in the U.S., so it’s hard to imagine a foreign nation-state that wouldn’t like to cast a ballot. Unfortunately, we’ve seen election interference before and federal agencies like the National Counterintelligence and Security Center have produced unclassified Election Threat Updates to inform the public of nation-state…
APTs/cyberespionage, Government, Government/Defense, Phishing, Security News

Trade minister hack led to trade secrets leak before U.K. election

The hack of a U.K. trade minister’s email account – the result of a spear phishing campaign likely engineered by Russian operatives –  led to the leak of U.S.-U.K. trade documents and perpetuated a disinformation campaign credited with influencing the 2019 U.K. election. Hackers were able to successfully access the email of Trade Minister Liam…
APTs/cyberespionage, Election Coverage, Government, Government/Defense, Security News

Biden will punish foreign election interference, hacking

Former Vice President and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said he would take harsh action against any nation-state that attempted to meddle in the U.S. presidential election, “whether by hacking voting systems and databases, laundering money into our political system, systematically spreading disinformation, or trying to sow doubt about the integrity of our elections.”…
Election 2016 Cybersecurity Insights, Election Coverage, Government/Defense, Security News

House Intel Committee releases closed-door testimonies from Russia election interference probe

The House Intelligence Committee released long-promised closed-door testimonies, including those of members of President Trump’s family and inner circle, from its probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. “The testimony that the committee is releasing today serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing threat that Russian interference poses to our democratic process…
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Election Coverage, Government/Defense, Security News

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…
Director's Cut Videos, Election Coverage, Government/Defense, Security News

Election integrity preserved in fictitious city of Adversaria during Operation Blackout tabletop exercise

On a sunny day last week during RSA 2020, a group of journalists huddled in a vault in the San Francisco Mint, plotting to wreak havoc and sow doubt on Election Day in the fictitious city of Adversaria. Despite taking over traffic cameras, the governor’s Facebook account, the mayor’s Twitter account, plotting cyberattacks, developing deepfakes…
APTs/cyberespionage, Election 2016 Cybersecurity Insights, Election Coverage, Government, Government/Defense, Security News

Trump berated Maguire after lawmakers were briefed on Russia’s active interference in 2020 election

In an echo of 2016, the intelligence community reportedly has warned lawmakers that Russia is trying to influence the 2020 election in a briefing that drew the ire of President Trump and may have prompted the ouster of acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Joseph Maguire. Trump, still peeved by IC reports that Russia hacked…
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