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Report: Russian-sponsored hackers could have modified U.S. voter data, but didn’t

Russian state-sponsored cyber actors “conducted an unprecedented level of activity against state election infrastructure in the run-up to the 2016 U.S. elections,” the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence concludes in the first volume of its report on Russia’s efforts to interference in America’s most recent presidential election. Released yesterday, volume one focuses specifically on…

Mueller’s testimony clear: Russian election meddling ongoing

Despite Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s slow, halting cadence, and apparent difficulty hearing or understanding some questions put to him by members of the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, the former FBI director delivered a clear message – Russia engaged in a sweeping campaign to me the 2016 U.S. election and those efforts will intensify in 2020…

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Sen. Hyde-Smith blocks 3 security bills on same day Mueller warns of Russian meddling

On the same day that former U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller publicly testified that Russia is actively taking measures to interfere with America’s 2020 elections, Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., blocked the passage of three bills designed to boost the security of elections or the federal government. Yesterday, the senator rejected two separate bills (1, 2),…

Democrats press McConnell to bring election security bills to vote

On the eve of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees, congressional Democrats pressed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to bring election security legislation to a vote. “Leader McConnell has not brought one election security bill to the floor,” Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., co-chairman of the Senate Intelligence…

Coats taps 2018 midterms crisis manager for new election threats exec position

Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Dan Coats Friday named Shelby Pierson, the agency’s election security crisis manager during the 2018 midterms, to the newly created Intelligence Community (IC) Election Threats Executive (ETE) position. Saying the intelligence community needed to build on its success in protecting the 2018 elections by aligning its resources, Coats in a statement…

Microsoft demos vote verification tool, warns of ongoing foreign meddling

Microsoft Corporation yesterday began publicly demonstrating its free and open-source secure electronic voting solution, ElectionGuard, warning that such innovations are necessary as adversarial nations continue to target the American people and U.S. businesses. In a blog post announcing the demo, Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Customer Security and Trust Tom Burt said that in the…

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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…

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