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Biden’s new CISO must keep campaign leaders engaged while navigating strange Covid-19 world

As the newly appointed CISO of Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, Chris DeRusha, former chief security officer with the State of Michigan, has fewer than four months to implement his cybersecurity vision before Election Day arrives — all in the midst of a pandemic that has altered the traditional way that campaigns traditionally operate. DeRusha will…

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Vulnerability in Trump campaign app revealed keys and secrets

A security vulnerability in President Trump’s mobile campaign app exposed Twitter application keys and secrets, Google apps and maps keys and Branch.io keys in the Android APK file, researchers at Website Planet recently discovered. A research team led by Noam Rotem and Ran Locar said the exposed keys and secrets provided access to the app’s…

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Chinese, Iranian phishing campaigns target Biden, Trump campaigns

Joe Biden and Donald Trump’s campaigns may be worlds apart on issues and in style, but they share common cyber enemies, according to the Google Threat Analysis Group (TAG), which said both are the targets of phishing campaigns by nation-states like China and Iran. “Recently TAG saw China APT group targeting Biden campaign staff &…

House Intel Committee releases closed-door testimonies from Russia election interference probe

The House Intelligence Committee released long-promised closed-door testimonies, including those of members of President Trump’s family and inner circle, from its probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. “The testimony that the committee is releasing today serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing threat that Russian interference poses to our democratic process…

Texas judge OKs expanded mail-in voting during COVID-19 pandemic

A week after troubling images emerged of voters sporting face masks and trying to maintain social distancing as they stood in long lines during the Wisconsin primary, a Texas court ruled that the state’s registered voters would qualify to vote via mail during the pandemic. After the ACLU and the Texas Civil Rights Project brought…

Every presidential campaign website executes suspicious third-party code

An analysis of 11 presidential campaign websites performed last September and again in December found multiple instances of potentially risky third-party code, unwanted code execution and unauthorized data tracking. According to a new report from The Media Trust, 81 percent of executing code on these websites was not internally developed, but rather from external third-party…

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…

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…

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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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