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Florida county elections hit with ransomware before 2016 elections

Florida has had its share of election incidents – in 2000 results of the presidential election hung by a chad. But in 2016, weeks before the heated presidential tussle, it seems, miscreants launched a ransomware attack on the West Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Office. Elections Supervisor Wendy Sartory Link told The Palm Beach…

Blackburn blocks vote on trio of election security bills in Senate

Despite warnings from FBI Director Christopher Wray that Russia is actively interfering with the 2020 presidential election through information warfare, Senate Republicans rejected a trio of bills aimed at election security. Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., blocked each of the bills, claiming the legislation was an attempt by Democrats to rest control over elections “in the…

Israel comes under cyber attack

Netanyahu’s Likud Party election app leaked personal info on Israel’s 6.4M voters

If the technology failure at the heart of the Iowa caucus debacle seemed bad, consider that an app used by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party just exposed personal data on more than 6.4 million Israelis – in other words, the entirety of the country’s voter database.  Likely at fault, according to a report…

Obama admin not ‘well-postured,’ hampered by partisan politics in response to Russian election interference

If there’s a lesson to be learned from partisanship, it’s that it can thwart  government’s efforts to get to the bottom of and respond to a nation-state attack as it did in 2016 when heated politics thwarted the Obama administration’s response to Russia’s meddling in the presidential election, the Senate Intelligence Committee found.   “The…

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.…

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