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Microsoft demos vote verification tool, warns of ongoing foreign meddling

Microsoft Corporation yesterday began publicly demonstrating its free and open-source secure electronic voting solution, ElectionGuard, warning that such innovations are necessary as adversarial nations continue to target the American people and U.S. businesses. In a blog post announcing the demo, Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Customer Security and Trust Tom Burt said that in the…

Julian Assange

Former Ecuadorian president says Assange interfered in election

Ecuador’s former president, Rafael Correa, confirmed that Julian Assange ran an election interference initiative out of the country’s embassy in London, where the WikiLeaks founder was at first a welcome then an unwanted guest for seven years. “We did notice that he was interfering in the elections and we do not allow that because we…

Assange ran election interference out of Ecuadorian Embassy, surveillance docs show

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange took full advantage of his protected status in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, likely using the diplomatic post where he lived for seven years as a command center to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, surveillance reports from a Spanish security firm allegedly show. The reports, based on surveillance by…

Sea Turtle DNS hijackers linked to breach of Greece’s ccTLD organization

Despite being publicly exposed earlier this year, the actors behind the malicious Sea Turtle DNS hijacking campaign continue to unabashedly rack up new victims, and apparently added a new technique to their repertoire, a new report states. The group made waves last April when researchers at Cisco’s Talos unit reported that the attackers have been…

Cyber Command

Cyber Command warns hackers exploiting Outlook vulnerability to attack gov’t agencies

The U.S. Cyber Command warned that a threat group was exploiting a vulnerability in Outlook in an effort to attack government agencies and uploaded samples that one security researcher said are linked to APT33 and Shamoon2. “USCYBERCOM has discovered active malicious use of CVE-2017-11774 and recommends immediate #patching. Malware is currently delivered from: ‘hxxps://customermgmt.net/page/macrocosm’,” Cyber…

Fake Facebook political pages tricked Libyans into downloading RATs

A mysterious hacker has for years been tricking Libyan citizens into infecting themselves with mobile and desktop malware by luring them to weaponized Facebook pages that impersonate key local figures and purport to deliver news of interest to the civil war-torn nation’s people. Researchers from Check Point Software Technologies have traced the campaign – dubbed…

ChinaInternet

Operation Soft Cell campaign targets cellular telecom providers, points to China’s APT10

A threat actor using tools and techniques associated with APT10, the Chinese hacking group, and aimed at global cellular telecommunications providers completely took over at least one provider’s network in its efforts to obtain data on very specific, high-value targets, according to a report from the Cybereason Nocturnus team. Operation Soft Cell, active since at…

Mueller will testify publicly before House Intelligence, Judiciary Committees after subpoenas

Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller will testify publicly about his recently completed Russia probe on July 17 after receiving subpoenas from the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees. Mueller, who said during his only public appearance regarding his much-anticipated report last May that he didn’t want to testify before Congress, will face questions from both committees…

Report: Iran claims to have thwarted a U.S. cyberespionage operation

Iran is reportedly claiming that it successfully uprooted a CIA-led cyberespionage operation and arrested several U.S. spies in the process. “One of the most complicated CIA cyberespionage networks that had an important role in the CIA’s operations in different countries was exposed by the Iranian intelligence agencies a while ago and was dismantled,” said Ali…

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