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YouTube stresses deepfake ban

Ahead of the Iowa caucuses – and the chaos that ensued after an app failed – YouTube reminded its community that deepfake videos – and other misleading videos aimed at voters that pose “serious risk of egregious harm” – are banned and will be removed. Viewers won’t see birtherism videos or any other footage that…

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FBI warns of DDoS attack on state-level voter registration website

Rate limiting on DNS servers protected a state-level voter registration and information website from a monthlong DDoS attack that prompted the FBI to issue a Private Industry Notification (PIN). “The FBI received reporting indicating a state-level voter registration and voter information website received anomalous Domain Name System (DNS) server requests consistent with a Pseudo Random…

Iowa Dems say reporting inconsistencies, not hack, caused delays in caucus results

The Iowa Democratic Party late Monday night said reporting discrepancies, not a hack, were responsible for delays in reporting results from the Iowa caucus.  “This is simply a reporting issue, the app did not go down and this is not a hack or an intrusion,” Mandy McClure, communications director for the Iowa Democractic Party, said in a statement.  ”The…

FBI policy promises states timely notification of election-related attacks

A new internal policy at the FBI will ensure “timely federal notification” to state and local election officials when a cyber intrusion affect the election infrastructure, the bureau said. “Understanding that mitigation of such incidents often hinges on timely notification, the FBI has established a new internal policy outlining how the FBI will notify state…

Facebook deepfakes ban falls short, lawmakers say

House lawmakers Wednesday grilled Facebook’s vice president of global policy management, Monika Bickert, over the company’s ban of “deepfakes,” saying that the policy fell short. “Big Tech failed to respond to the grave threats posed by deepfakes, as evidenced by Facebook scrambling to announce a new policy that strikes me as wholly inadequate,” said Rep.…

DHS finds no tampering of Durham County election devices

The Department of Homeland Security’s CISA Hunt and Incident Response Team (HIRT) found no direct malicious activity affecting the ePollbook laptops used in certain Durham County, N.C., precincts during the 2016 election. HIRT was asked by the Durham County Board of Elections to examine the ePollbook laptops after several reported inaccurate data to poll workers.…

2020 Predictions: Election Security

David Richardson, senior director of product management, Lookout 2020 Election Hacking Will Focus on Mobile – As cyber attacks have evolved to target mobile devices because of their nature and form factor, so will cyber attacks in the 2020 Presidential Election. Spear phishing campaigns are moving beyond the traditional email-based phishing attacks we saw in…

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Senate passes $1.4 trillion spending bill, includes $25 million for election security

The Senate today passed the sweeping $1.4 trillion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020, which includes a number of security measures and appropriates $425 million in funding for election security, though it stopped short of requiring post-election audits for states not using paper ballots and safeguards against foreign interference in U.S. elections.…

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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