Election 2016 Cybersecurity Insights

Election 2016 Cybersecurity Insights

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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…

Sentencing begins for four LulzSec members in London

Stone gets 40 months and a rebuke from judge for lying to Congress

A federal judge who became a Twitter target for President Trump staunchly defended the prosecutors’ handling of Roger Stone’s case and had harsh words for what she saw as the president’s attempts to influence sentencing as she handed down a 40-month prison sentence and $20,000 fine for the long-time Trump confidante and former campaign adviser.…

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Voatz mobile voting app vulnerable, MIT researchers say

On the heels of the voting app debacle during the Iowa Democratic caucuses, researchers at MIT have found multiple security- and privacy-related vulnerabilities in an online voting app, Voatz, used in West Virginia during the 2018 midterm elections and on track to be used again for the 2020 contests, according to a security audit released…

Florida county elections hit with ransomware before 2016 elections

Florida has had its share of election incidents – in 2000 results of the presidential election hung by a chad. But in 2016, weeks before the heated presidential tussle, it seems, miscreants launched a ransomware attack on the West Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Office. Elections Supervisor Wendy Sartory Link told The Palm Beach…

Justice Dept. to reduce sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone

Just a day after prosecutors recommended Trump confidante Roger Stone get a seven-to-nine-year sentence for charges stemming from Robert Mueller’s Russian probe, the Justice Department reportedly has intervened reduce what it views as “extreme, excessive and grossly disproportionate” recommendation, a department official said. Stone, who prosecutors condemned for a “direct and brazen attack on the…

IG report says FBI justified in starting Russia probe; Barr disagrees

No sooner had Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz released his much-anticipated report on the origins of the Russia probe, finding as expected that the FBI was justified in beginning an investigation of the Trump campaign, than Attorney General William Barr put out a statement publicly disagreeing with the findings. While Horowitz skewered the FBI…

Barr said to dispute Justice IG’s finding that FBI had legal basis for Trump campaign probe

Attorney William Barr reportedly has signaled that he’ll dispute the apparent finding in the much-anticipated Justice Department Inspector General (IG) report that in the summer of 2016 the FBI had enough evidence to pursue an investigation into Trump campaign members’ ties to and possible coordination with Russian operatives. IG Michael Horowitz is expected to conclude…

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Senate Intel Committee probed Ukraine theory, found no evidence to support

Republican lawmakers like Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., of late may have been pushing the narrative that Ukraine significantly interfered in the 2016 presidential election but a probe by the Senate Intelligence Committee found the widely debunked theory without merit. At one point during its investigation into election meddling and any collusion by either campaign, the…

Sen. Kennedy reverses course, says Russia, not Ukraine hacked DNC

Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., Monday walked back claims he made during an on-air interview that Ukrainians could have been behind the hack of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Clinton campaign during the 2016 presidential election cycle. “I was wrong. The only evidence I have and I think it overwhelming is that it was Russia…

Hill warns lawmakers not to spread Ukraine election interference narrative pushed by Russia

Just a day after the Trump administration’s former top Russian expert testifying in an impeachment hearing took GOP lawmakers to task for spreading “a fictional narrative” about Ukraine meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a new report revealed that senators and their aides recently were told by U.S. intelligence officials that the tale was…

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