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SC Podcast: RSA, coronavirus and cybersecurity…

This year, the coronavirus joined hippies, counterculture figures and hip tech geniuses who have made the trek to San Francisco for enlightenment, music and to share ideas. Actually, the coronavirus itself didn’t surface during RSA, but it certainly was the talk of the town. In this podcast Cymatic Chief Security and Trust Officer Malcolm Harkins…

L.A. voting machines struggle to link to voter registration database, lines stretch long on Super Tuesday

Even after a $280 million investment in modernizing its elections, including new high-tech voting machines as part of the Voting Solutions for All People (VSAP) initiative, Los Angeles on Super Tuesday still saw long lines of voters after some voting systems had difficulty connecting to the California voter database and other technical glitches arose. House…

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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…

Walgreens mobile app leaked PII, PHI on ‘small percentage’ of customers

A leak in the Walgreens mobile app’s messaging service exposed personal information – including what the company said was “limited health-related data” – on a “small percentage” of customers who used the app between Jan. 9-15. “Fortunately for consumers, the short exposure window of the vulnerability and the specific conditions required should keep the impact…

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…

Cybersecurity: Poised for a giant leap forward

Cybersecurity has enjoyed good health but is an industry itching for innovation and transformation – and the next big thing, Teri Robinson reports. When Neil Armstrong climbed down the ladder on the Apollo 11 lunar module, the Eagle, and toed the moon’s surface, as he so aptly stated, his small step simultaneously represented a giant…

Following cyber order from Obama, CISPA is back

Trump again nominates Ratcliffe for DNI post

In a curious deja vu, President Trump is nominating Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, as director of National intelligence (DNI), although Ratcliffe was widely panned as unqualified when Trump floated him as a replacement for Dan Coats last summer, prompting the president to withdraw his name. Ratcliffe, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, had prompted bipartisan…

USA Freedom Act reauthorizations in doubt after Paul says Trump supports FISA reform

Less than two weeks before three provisions of the USA Freedom Act of 2015 are set to expire, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said President Trump is behind his efforts to introduce FISA reforms, throwing reauthorization of the provisions into doubt.  Earlier in the week, Attorney General William Barr met with GOP senators to urge reauthorization.…

DISA breach likely exposed personal data on at least 200K

The breach at one of the networks of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), which secures communications for President Trump and military intelligence and other government officials, affected as many as 200,000 people, exposing their personal information, including Social Security numbers. In a Feb. 11 letter to potential victims, DISA offered few details of the…

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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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