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Cyberattacks up prior to midterms, 81.5 million voter records threatened

Threat actors are ratcheting up their cyberattacks ahead of the 2018 midterms, exposing voter databases, operating influence campaigns and eroding voter confidence, according to research by Carbon Black. Ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, the security firm’s researchers found 20 different state voter databases containing more than 81.5 million voter records – including names, genders,…

State of security: Pennsylvania

Who’s In Charge: Secretary of State Robert Torres, Commissioner of Elections Jonathan Marks Pennsylvania intends to eliminate all electronic voting machines that fail to produce voter-verified paper audit trails (VVPATs) by the year 2020. While that’s an important step, it won’t do much good in the 2018 midterm elections, during which time 50 out of the Keystone State’s 67 counties will…

State of security: Alaska

Who’s in charge: Josie Bahnke, State Elections Director Alaska’s huge size and dispersed population help create some unique problems for the state when it comes to securing its electoral process. Maurice Turner, of the Center for Democracy & Technology, noted in his testimony in May 2018 before the Alaska House State Affairs Committee that overall…

State of security: Oregon

Who’s in Charge: Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, Interim Director of Elections Steve Trout The Pacific Northwest is big on preserving its forests, but if there were ever a good use of trees, it’s the millions of paper-based ballots that Oregon mails out before every election. Indeed, Oregon is a vote-by-mail state whose only electoral technology consists…

State of security: New York

Who’s in Charge: Board of Elections Co-Director Todd Valentine, Board of Elections Co-Director Robert A. Brehm It’s up to you, New York, New York, who you vote for. But as far as how you vote in the Empire State, DRE-based electronic voting, including absentee ones, are submitted via paper ballots. The votes are then counted using ballot…

State of security: Washington

Who’s in Charge: Secretary of State Kim Wyman, Director of Elections Lori Augino In March 2018, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee signed into law House Bill 2406, which aims to improve election security by mandating the adoption of recognized best auditing practices, requiring voting system vendors to disclose data breaches, and authorizing the secretary of state to…

State of security: Maryland

Who’s in charge:  Who is in charge: Secretary of State John C. Wobensmith Maryland was the force behind a recent bill introduced in October by its two Democratic senators, Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, called Protect Our Elections Act, which prohibits foreign nationals from owning or controlling companies that are involved in the U.S.…

State of Security: Texas

Who’s in Charge: Secretary of State Rolando Pablos As early voters made their ways to the polls in Texas, reports surfaced that some voting machines were changing ballot selections from Democratic contender to Beto O’Rourke to incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz, stoking concerns that they’d been compromised or some sort of nefarious actions were afoot. Not…

Facebook rejects 82 more fake accounts, groups and pages allegedly linked to Iran

Two months after Facebook removed 652 inauthentic pages, groups and accounts for spreading misinformation and stoking political discord in other nations, Facebook announced on Friday that it banished another 82 offenders for the same reason. Back in August, Facebook identified Iran and Russia as the chief culprits behind the fraudulent activity. This time around, Iran…

Texas voting machines switch O’Rourke-Cruz ballot selections in early voting

First reports that some voting machines were switching ballot selections from Beto O’Rourke to Sen. Ted Cruz during early voting in Texas raised concerns that the systems had been compromised, but election officials have assured Texans the ballot changes were a result of voters casting a straight-party ticket moving from one screen to the next…

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