Securing Elections

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  1. mood

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    Ohio becomes first state to release vulnerability policy for election-related websites
    August 7, 2020
    https://www.cyberscoop.com/ohio-vulnerabiility-disclosure-2020-election/
     
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    Gov't election security struggles to reach some counties
    August 17, 2020
    https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/gov-t-election-security-struggles-reach-some-counties-n1236973
     
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    "Hackers test defenses of Trump campaign websites ahead of U.S. election...

    LONDON (Reuters) - Hackers have stepped up efforts to knock Trump campaign and business websites offline ahead of the U.S. election, in what [Cloudflare] a security firm working for the campaign said could be preparation for a larger digital assault, according to emails seen by Reuters...

    Cloudflare’s security team did not comment on the identity of the hackers...

    The increasing number and sophistication of attempts suggested the attackers were “probing” the website defenses to establish what would be needed to take them fully offline, the security assessment said..."

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...-s-election-security-staff-warn-idUSKBN25S4SF
     
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    State voter registration systems have not been hacked, officials say
    September 1, 2020
    https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/securi...s-have-not-been-hacked-officials-say-n1239028
     
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    "Facebook takes down Russian operation that recruited U.S. journalists, amid rising concerns about election misinformation

    The Russian group that interfered in the 2016 presidential election is at it again, using a network of fake accounts and a website set up to look like a left-wing news site, Facebook said on Tuesday. The Russians hired real Americans to write for the website. The fake site, called PeaceData, also used personas with computer-generated images to create what looked like a legitimate news organization.

    The disinformation campaign by the group, known as the Internet Research Agency, is the first public evidence that the agency is attempting to repeat its efforts from four years ago and push voters away from the Democratic presidential candidate....

    Facebook said it was warned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the Russian effort.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/01/technology/facebook-russia-disinformation-election.html
     
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    "Facebook will block new political advertising the week before Election Day

    Facebook plans to block new advertising the week before the presidential election — the first time the company has taken action to limit political advertising in the United States, the company said Thursday...

    The company also said that it would label posts by any candidate or campaign that tries to declare victory before the final results are in, directing people to the official results from Reuters. It will do the same for any posts that try to delegitimize the outcome of the election — for example, a claim that voting by mail could lead to fraud. It has also started to limit users’ ability to forward articles on its Messenger platform to large groups of people..."

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/09/03/facebook-political-ads/
     
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    "Russian state hackers suspected in targeting Biden campaign firm...

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp recently alerted one of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s main election campaign advisory firms [SKDK] that it had been targeted by suspected Russian state-backed hackers...

    A person familiar with SKDK’s response to the attempts said the hackers failed to gain access to the firm’s networks. 'They are well-defended, so there has been no breach,' the person said..."

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...BN2610I4?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter
     
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    CISA Insights: Email-Based Attacks on Elections-Related Entities
     
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    "The military is providing an unexpected and powerful line of defense against Russian interference...

    The U.S. Cyber Command is quietly pushing ahead with the effort it began two years ago to “defend forward” against Russian influence operations — which means getting inside Russian cybernetworks to detect and disrupt attacks...

    Cyber Command has expanded the “hunt forward” strategy that 'disrupted a concerted effort to undermine the midterm elections' in 2018.' They pledged: 'Together with its partners, Cyber Command is doing all of this and more for the 2020 elections.'

    Cyber Command’s operations against Russia in recent months have been 'very aggressive and very effective,' said one defense official — to the point that they’ve disoriented some Russian operations planners. Thanks to these efforts, it will be 'virtually impossible' for the Russians or anyone else to penetrate voting systems in the roughly 8,000 jurisdictions around the country, the defense official said..."

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opin...t-4-0_opinion-card-c-right:homepage/story-ans
     
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    "Ransomware Attacks Take On New Urgency Ahead of Vote...

    A Texas company that sells software that cities and states use to display results on election night was hit by ransomware last week...the attack on Tyler Technologies, which continued on Friday night with efforts by outsiders to log into its clients’ systems around the country, was particularly rattling less than 40 days before the election...

    While Tyler does not actually tally votes, it is used by election officials to aggregate and report them in at least 20 places around the country — making it exactly the kind of soft target that the Department of Homeland Security, the F.B.I. and United States Cyber Command worry could be struck by anyone trying to sow chaos and uncertainty on election night...

    ...the fear haunting federal officials for a year now: that in the days leading up to the election, or in its aftermath, ransomware groups will try to freeze voter registration data, election poll books or the computer systems of the secretaries of the state who certify election results..."

    Long Read:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/27/technology/2020-election-security-threats.html
     
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    "US Cyber Command has sought to disrupt the world's largest botnet, hoping to reduce its potential impact on the election

    In recent weeks, the U.S. military has mounted an operation to temporarily disrupt what is described as the world's largest botnet - one used also to drop ransomware, which officials say is one of the top threats to the 2020 election.

    U.S. Cyber Command's campaign against the Trickbot botnet, an army of at least 1 million hijacked computers run by Russian-speaking criminals, is not expected to permanently dismantle the network,... But it is one way to distract them at least for a while as they seek to restore operations.

    The effort is part of what Gen. Paul Nakasone, the head of Cyber Command, calls "persistent engagement," or the imposition of cumulative costs on an adversary by keeping them constantly engaged..."

    https://www.chron.com/news/article/Cyber-Command-has-sought-to-disrupt-the-world-s-15635373.php
     
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    "Microsoft disrupts Russian criminal botnet it fears could seek to sow confusion in the presidential election

    The software giant won a court order to seize servers used by the Trickbot botnet, a network of infected computers that Microsoft says might have been used to lock up voter-registration systems...

    SEATTLE — Microsoft has taken legal steps to dismantle one of the world’s largest botnets, an effort it says is aimed at thwarting criminal hackers who might seek to snarl up state and local computer systems used to maintain voter rolls or report on election results. The company obtained an order from a federal judge in the Eastern District of Virginia last week that gave Microsoft control of the Trickbot botnet..."

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/10/12/microsoft-trickbot-ransomware/
     
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    620 applicants file joint case against IT firm which exposed voter data
    Joint lawsuit filed in civil courts against C-Planet IT Solutions
    October 12, 2020

    https://timesofmalta.com/articles/v...se-against-it-firm-which-exposed-voter.824158
     
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