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Biometrics and AI firm team up for first U.S. biometric database amidst criticism

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Biometrics firm SureID and AI-startup firm Robbie.AI are teaming up to launch the first U.S. biometric database. SureID has a nationwide network of fingerprint enrollment kiosks while Robbie.AI uses technology to authenticate using AI-based facial recognition and behavioral prediction that could be combined to create a nationwide biometric databased for consumer focused initiatives, according to…

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Recently patched Adobe ColdFusion bug exploited by Chinese APT

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A suspected Chines APT group exploited the recently patched ColdFusion vulnerability in the wild by compromising a vulnerable ColdFusion server after directly uploading a China Chopper webshell. The targeted servers hadn’t been updated with the patch released just two weeks earlier. Volexity researchers observed the active exploitation of the newly patched CVE-2018-15961 flaw, a critical…

Report: NIST to use IBM’s Watson AI system to score vulnerabilities

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The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) reportedly plans to replace its method of scoring publicly disclosed vulnerabilities with a new automated process leveraging IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence system. The agency expects Watson to supplant its current Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) process for most bugs by October 2019, according to a report…

Secret Service warns of USPS ‘Informed Delivery’ scam

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The U.S. Secret Service is warning of cybercriminals using the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) “Informed Delivery” feature to commit various identity theft and credit card fraud schemes. The features sends a scanned image of incoming mail to the recipients email address before it arrives later that day. An internal alert obtained by KrebsOnSecurity and sent by…

State of security: Kansas

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Who’s in charge: Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach Kansas plans to spend $4.6 million on election security grants over the next five years which will be spent on modernizing voting equipment, safeguarding voter rolls and auditing election results. In September, The U.S. Election Assistance Commission released the Kansas plan for its share of the…

Report: ‘Trump’ most common spam term during run-up to elections

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The president himself may not be up for election in 2018, yet “Trump” is the most common term used in election-themed spam campaigns, according to a new report from Proofpoint.  Starting Sept. 27, Proofpoint researchers searched its spam filters for subject lines and email bodies containing various political terms, candidates and power players. In a…

State of security: Minnesota

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Who’s in charge: Secretary of State Steve Simon Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon said the state’s reliance on paper ballots is a cornerstone of ballot security and vote totals are reviewed by city, county, and state election officials several times before an election is ultimately certified by the state canvassing board. The electrical systems…

State of Security: Nevada

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Who’s in charge: Secretary of State Barbara K. Cegavske Nevada uses a centralized statewide voter registration system which is maintained by the Office of the Secretary of State and Nevada’s local election officials. The state’s voting systems include the equipment used to create ballots, cast and count votes, and display election results, is a “standalone…

State of security: Iowa

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Who’s in charge: Secretary of State Paul Pate, Director of Elections Dawn Williams Iowa uses nothing but paper ballots for all forms of voting, and then tabulates the votes with ballot marking technology or optical scanners. The auditing process has come under some criticism for a variety of perceived flaws, including its scope, which is limited to a…

State of security: West Virginia

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Who’s in charge: Secretary of State Mac Warner, Manager of Elections Donald Kersey West Virginia is attempting something unprecedented in this year’s 2018 elections: It will reportedly become the first state to allow residents and military members stationed abroad to vote in a general election using a mobile app. Overseas absentee voters will use this app, which is…

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