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Controversy over which DMARC setting will best protect the 2020 presidential campaigns

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A pair of email security firms are taking opposing positions on whether or not the 2020 presidential candidates are using secure email systems within their campaigns even though many of the candidates are using DMARC. Valimail and Agari have each issued report cards to show if the Democratic Party hopefuls learned a learned a lesson…

Privacy legislation: E pluribus unum

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In the last several months, a series of tech company executives have sat before Senate and House panels, peppered with questions, smart ones at that, about how their companies protect data. Imagine that, Congress asking prescient questions about a tech-related subject. The hearings held on Capitol Hill marked a turning point of sorts – lawmakers…

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Rosenstein to resign, says elections are more secure; Wray says Russia threat to electorate around the clock

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In his resignation letter Monday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein claimed “our elections are more secure,” just days after FBI Director Christopher Wray said Russia’s efforts to influence the U.S. electorate “has absolutely continued” since 2016. “It’s pretty much a 365-days-a-year threat,” Wray said at a Council on Foreign Relations event last week. “We recognize…

Apple claims to have removed parental control apps from App Store over privacy concerns

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Apple Monday defended the recent removal of multiple parental control apps from the App Store, saying it did so over privacy concerns. “We recently removed several parental control apps from the App Store, and we did it for a simple reason: they put users’ privacy and security at risk,” according to a company statement. The tech…

FBI to meet with Scott, DeSantis after Mueller report says Florida county’s election systems hacked by Russia

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After Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report revealed that Russian operatives hacked a Florida county’s election system, the FBI will meet with former Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., the former governor, and Gov. Ron DeSantis to review the findings. In a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray last week, Scott had requested – and was granted –…

Flaw in Columbia, S.C., website search tool exposed database, SMPT server passwords

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A misconfiguration in the search tool on the city of Columbia, S.C. website had a security flaw that could have exposed database and SMPT server passwords.  Independent Researcher Arif Khan discovered the flaw in the fall and began trying to contact the city to disclose, tweeting in November, “Hi @CityofColumbia, A security issue has been detected…

Facebook sets aside $3 billion in anticipation of FTC privacy violations fine

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Facebook’s Q1 2019 financial results may have beat Wall Street expectations – racking up $15.08 billion rather than the predicted $14.97 – but its earnings per share was dampened by the $3 billion the company put aside in anticipation of fines that will be owed to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for consumer privacy violations.…

Wyden presses FTC to hold Zuckerberg liable for ‘repeated’ privacy violations

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) should find Facebook in violation of its 2011 settlement agreement and hold company CEO Mark Zuckerberg accountable for violating consumers’ privacy, according to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.  Calling Zuckerberg, the “public face” of the social media giant, Wyden wrote in a letter to the commission, that he should be found…

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Mulvaney told Nielsen to talk election security outside Trump’s earshot

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White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney allegedly warned former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to keep 2020 election security off of President Trump’s radar shortly before she left office. It “wasn’t a great subject and should be kept below his level,” a New York Times report cited Mulvaney as saying. Mulvaney’s…

Mueller report details Russian interference in 2016 election, interactions with Trump team, WikiLeaks

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Russian military intelligence apparently successfully penetrated an unnamed Florida county election system and gained “access to the network of at least one Florida county government.” And that’s just one of the findings in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s much-anticipated report released Thursday. In the sprawling 448-page, partially redacted report, Mueller methodically laid out Russia’s efforts to…

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