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Facebook hosts election security meeting between tech companies, intel officials

Executives from leading technology and social media firms convened with U.S. intelligence representatives yesterday to discuss ongoing efforts to shield their platforms and users from election interference campaigns. According to Bloomberg and additional news outlets, Facebook used its Menlo Park, Calif. headquarters to host the meeting, which was attended by Google, Microsoft, Twitter and members…

Facebook publicly releases emails related to data scraping, Cambridge Analytica

Facebook late last week released a string of emails that discuss the social media giant’s internal conversation over the possibility that some Facebook contractors were violating the company’s terms of service when extracting data from profiles. The documents were released due to agreement between Facebook and the District of Columbia attorney general’s office. Facebook originally…

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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…

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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),…

Why is election security a partisan issue?

Frankly I never thought that securing the elections would be a partisan issue.  But then, why am I surprised?  Anything that touches Washington becomes a partisan issue.  Securing the elections, ensuring ballot machines can’t be hacked, and ensuring voter registration data isn’t altered or deleted should be a common goal for everyone in Washington.    Elections…

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…

Russia’s 2016 election interference was highly organized, but fixes for 2020 are possible: reports

The campaign by Russia’s Internet Research Agency to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election using fake Twitter accounts was even organized than many people realize, according to a new report from Symantec Corporation. But another new report from scholars at Stanford University prescribes more than 45 policy recommendations for how the U.S. can prevent…

Israel comes under cyber attack

Report: Israel examines hacker’s claim of voter registry breach

Israeli authorities are reportedly investigating a hacker’s claims on Twitter that he successfully breached the country’s voter registry in the days leading up to tomorrow’s 2019 legislative election. Nicknamed DarkCoder, the hacker contended in a Saturday tweet that he stole information on 6 million Israeli voters, even posting a picture displaying victims’ names identity numbers…

Search warrants in Russian hackers case reveal interaction between Stone, WikiLeaks

Search warrants executed in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian hackers have unearthed interactions between recently indicted Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone and WikiLeaks, which leaked emails stolen from the DemocraticNational Committee (DNC) and other Democratic-related organizations and operatives, according to a Friday court filing. Mueller told the court that Stone’s case is related…

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