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Voatz mobile voting app vulnerable, MIT researchers say

On the heels of the voting app debacle during the Iowa Democratic caucuses, researchers at MIT have found multiple security- and privacy-related vulnerabilities in an online voting app, Voatz, used in West Virginia during the 2018 midterm elections and on track to be used again for the 2020 contests, according to a security audit released…

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…

Justice Dept. to reduce sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone

Just a day after prosecutors recommended Trump confidante Roger Stone get a seven-to-nine-year sentence for charges stemming from Robert Mueller’s Russian probe, the Justice Department reportedly has intervened reduce what it views as “extreme, excessive and grossly disproportionate” recommendation, a department official said. Stone, who prosecutors condemned for a “direct and brazen attack on the…

Iranian internet attacked Saturday, knocked partially offline

An extensive, several-hour-long interruption to Iran’s telecom infrastructure and internet hit that took place on February 8 that was likely caused by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. The non-governmental organization Netblocks reported that at 11:45 a.m. local time Iranian internet connectivity from that country’s primary network operators was down by 25 percent eventually…

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…

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