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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…

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FEC ruling allows political campaign to accept discounted services from security firms

Political campaigns can accept low-cost help from private cybersecurity firms to protect campaigns in the 2020 election cycle, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) ruled Thursday. The commission, which viewed the discounted services as an in kind donation under current rules, had indicated it would reject the initiative but changed course. Because Area 1 Security, the…

DHS election lead warns state secretaries of phishing threat leading up to 2020

A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official warned a Santa Fe, N.M., gathering of secretaries of state to beware of phishing attempts that might target their state and local election systems and workers. “We know that phishing is how a significant number of state and local government networks become exploited,” an ABC News report cited…

Canadian intelligence agencies warn of election tampering

The Canadian Communications Security Establishment (CSE) is warning that nation’s elected officials of attempts by foreign actors to influence the country’s upcoming October 21 election, according to published reports. The CSE, Canada’s primary cyber defense agency, has briefed staffers of at least one political party of overt and covert attempts to influence the election, The…

GOP senators nix vote on Election Security Act, similar bills wend their way through Congress

Republicans in the Senate rebuffed an attempt by presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., ranking member of the Senate Rules Committee, to bring the Election Security Act to a vote Tuesday. “We know there’s a continued threat against our democracy. What we need to do now is address these facts with a common purpose, to…

Russia’s 2016 election interference was highly organized, but fixes for 2020 are possible: reports

The campaign by Russia’s Internet Research Agency to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election using fake Twitter accounts was even organized than many people realize, according to a new report from Symantec Corporation. But another new report from scholars at Stanford University prescribes more than 45 policy recommendations for how the U.S. can prevent…

Facebook removes fraudulent Iranian accounts

Facebook has removed dozens of accounts, pages and groups that had thousands of followers that were created by Iranians in the hope of swaying public opinion during the 2018 election cycle. The social media giant said on May 28 it had removed 51 accounts, 36 pages and seven groups from Facebook, along with three Instagram…

Mueller confirms Russian interference, declines to clear president of obstruction, steps down as special counsel

Special Counsel Robert Mueller reiterated Wednesday the findings of his nearly two-year probe, confirming that Russia, in “multiple, systematic efforts,” interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election in an effort to damage former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s bid for the White House by hacking systems associated with the Democratic Party, coordinating the steady release…

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