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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…

State of security: West Virginia

Who’s in charge: Secretary of State Mac Warner, Manager of Elections Donald Kersey West Virginia is attempting something unprecedented in this year’s 2018 elections: It will reportedly become the first state to allow residents and military members stationed abroad to vote in a general election using a mobile app. Overseas absentee voters will use this app, which is…

State of security: New Mexico

Who’s in charge: Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, Election Director Mandy Vigil From a security perspective, New Mexico is entering the 2018 elections from a position of strength. The Land of Enchantment relies solely on paper ballots, using only marking devices and optical scanners to record and tally the votes. Prior to the election, the state was to…

Iran claims telecommunications infrastructure was attacked by Stuxnet variant

Iran officials are reportedly claiming that a variant of the Stuxnet worm that disrupted their country’s nuclear program in the late 2000s was used in an attack on their telecommunications infrastructure last week. Iran is publicly pointing the finger at Israel, while claiming to have successfully defended the attack, according to multiple news outlets, including…

Facebook users’ data, private messages found up for sale online

Facebook is reportedly suggesting that malicious browser extensions may be behind yet another data breach affecting users of the social media platform – this one involving at least 257,256 stolen profiles, including 81,208 that included private messages. Journalists from the BBC, aided by researchers from Digital Shadows, began investigating the matter last September after seeing the accounts…

State of Security: Kentucky

Who’s in charge: Secretary of State Alison Lundergan-Grimes, Executive Director Jared Dearing Kentucky’s reliance on electronic vote-recording devices with no voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) capabilities makes little horse sense, according to security experts. Citing documentation from Kentucky’s office of the Secretary of State, as well as press releases and news articles from the last six months, the Verified…

Critical ‘Bleedingbit’ flaws found in microcontrollers used by Wi-Fi access points

Multiple Bluetooth Low-Energy microcontrollers from Texas Instruments (TI) were discovered to have one of two critical remote code execution vulnerabilities that can be exploited to compromise Wi-Fi access points from Cisco Systems, Cisco Meraki and Aruba Networks. But the two bugs could have even greater implications, as the scope of the threat likely extends beyond these…

State of security: North Carolina

Who’s in charge: Executive director, Board of Elections Kim Westbrook Strach North Carolina this year received about $10.4 million in federal funding, which it has allocated chiefly toward modernizing its Statewide Elections Information Management System and migrating it to the cloud. This system reportedly manages voter registration, candidate filing, voting site management, election night reporting and…

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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