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FSB headquarters Lubyanka Square Moscow
Data Breach, Government, Government/Defense, Security News

Hackers leak documents stolen from contractor for Russian intel agency

Hackers reportedly stole 7.5 TB of data from a contractor for the Russian intelligence service FSB, and revealed details on several of its activities or prospective projects, including the collecting of information on users of social media services, Tor and P2P networks. The contractor, SyTech, has worked for FSB’s radio-electronic intelligence unit 71330 since 2009,…
USA Freedom Act foiled by Senate Republicans
Election 2016 Cybersecurity Insights, Election Coverage, Government, Government/Defense, Security News

Report: Russian-sponsored hackers could have modified U.S. voter data, but didn’t

Russian state-sponsored cyber actors “conducted an unprecedented level of activity against state election infrastructure in the run-up to the 2016 U.S. elections,” the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence concludes in the first volume of its report on Russia’s efforts to interference in America’s most recent presidential election. Released yesterday, volume one focuses specifically on…
Election 2016 Cybersecurity Insights, Election Coverage, Government, Government/Defense, Network Security, Research, Security News

Russia’s 2016 election interference was highly organized, but fixes for 2020 are possible: reports

The campaign by Russia’s Internet Research Agency to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election using fake Twitter accounts was even organized than many people realize, according to a new report from Symantec Corporation. But another new report from scholars at Stanford University prescribes more than 45 policy recommendations for how the U.S. can prevent…
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Trump executive order calls for sanctions in the event of future election interference

President Donald Trump yesterday issued an executive order that sets forth a federal plan of action in the event of foreign interference in a U.S. election, including sanctions that can be imposed on overseas organizations and individuals. The declaration is arguably a response to wide-ranging criticism that the president has repeatedly dismissed evidence of Russian…
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APTs/cyberespionage, Government, Government/Defense, Security News

European Commission: No evidence Kaspersky software is malicious

The European Commission yesterday acknowledged in a public document that it possesses no evidence to support the notion that software from Russia-based Kaspersky Lab software is malicious. The admission comes about 10 months after the European Parliament passed a resolution calling for the European Union to ban dangerous software, naming Kaspersky products as specific example.…
Election Coverage, Government/Defense, Network Security, Security News, States of Security

State of security: Oregon

Who’s in Charge: Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, Interim Director of Elections Steve Trout The Pacific Northwest is big on preserving its forests, but if there were ever a good use of trees, it’s the millions of paper-based ballots that Oregon mails out before every election. Indeed, Oregon is a vote-by-mail state whose only electoral technology consists…
Election Coverage, Government/Defense, Network Security, Security News, States of Security

State of security: New York

Who’s in Charge: Board of Elections Co-Director Todd Valentine, Board of Elections Co-Director Robert A. Brehm It’s up to you, New York, New York, who you vote for. But as far as how you vote in the Empire State, DRE-based electronic voting, including absentee ones, are submitted via paper ballots. The votes are then counted using ballot…
Election Coverage, Government, Government/Defense, Network Security, Security News, States of Security

State of security: Iowa

Who’s in charge: Secretary of State Paul Pate, Director of Elections Dawn Williams Iowa uses nothing but paper ballots for all forms of voting, and then tabulates the votes with ballot marking technology or optical scanners. The auditing process has come under some criticism for a variety of perceived flaws, including its scope, which is limited to a…
Election Coverage, Government/Defense, Network Security, Security News, States of Security

State of security: Pennsylvania

Who’s In Charge: Secretary of State Robert Torres, Commissioner of Elections Jonathan Marks Pennsylvania intends to eliminate all electronic voting machines that fail to produce voter-verified paper audit trails (VVPATs) by the year 2020. While that’s an important step, it won’t do much good in the 2018 midterm elections, during which time 50 out of the Keystone State’s 67 counties will…
Election Coverage, Government, Government/Defense, Network Security, Security News, States of Security

State of Security: Delaware

Who’s in Charge: Commissioner of Elections Elaine Manlove Delaware may be known as the First State, but it certainly doesn’t come in first when it comes to cybersecurity. To document and tabulate its residents’ votes, the tiny mid-Atlantic state uses the Danaher Shouptronic 1242 – a push-button direct-record electronic solution that does not have a voter-verified…
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