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Senate unlikely to vote on election security despite risk

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Despite evidence that Russia launched an assault on the 2016 election – most recently, the FBI briefed Florida Gov. Rick DeSantis on election database hacks in two of the state’s counties – Sen. Mitch McConnell has nixed taking up election security legislation in the Senate. “At this point I don’t see any likelihood that those…

DeSantis says Russians hacked two Florida county election info in 2016

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Following a briefing by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis confirmed that Russian hackers accessed election information in two of the state’s counties after successful spear phishing attempts, although the governor declined to name the counties at the behest of investigators. “I’m not allowed to name the counties.…

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Election Security Act seeks to shore up infrastructure, give states funds to protect against election cyberattacks, influence

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Spurred by Russia’s assault on the 2016 presidential election, the Election Security Act a trio of Democrats in the House last week to safeguard U.S. elections from attacks and interference by foreign entities would require the president to develop a national strategy to protect the underpinnings of democracy as well as creating a National Commission…

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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…

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 –…

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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…

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Report: Israel examines hacker’s claim of voter registry breach

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Israeli authorities are reportedly investigating a hacker’s claims on Twitter that he successfully breached the country’s voter registry in the days leading up to tomorrow’s 2019 legislative election. Nicknamed DarkCoder, the hacker contended in a Saturday tweet that he stole information on 6 million Israeli voters, even posting a picture displaying victims’ names identity numbers…

Schiff rebuffs calls to resign, recounts evidence of Trump team coordination with Russian operatives

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Nearly a week after Special Counsel Robert Mueller turned in his report on the Russian probe and amid calls for Rep. Adam Schiff to resign as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, the committee’s first hearing got off to a fiery start with Schiff reasserting his belief that members of the Trump campaign had inappropriate…

DNC issues cybersecurity guidance for 2020 election

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Stung by Russian hackers intent on swaying the 2016 presidential election, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) has put considerable resources into shoring up cybersecurity and on Friday releases a checklistmeant to secure campaign and candidate devices. “The checklist is exactly that: a list of steps you can complete and then check off,” DNC CSO Bob…

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Facebook readying for upcoming election cycles

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Facebook launched a public relations campaign centered on ensuring its users the social media giant has upped its game when it comes to protecting election integrity in the U.S., EU and around the world. Facebook’s Katie Harbath, global politics and government outreach director, Samidh Chakrabarti, director of product management, civic engagement and Anika Geisel, public…

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