Securing Elections

Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by Minimalist, Apr 21, 2018.

  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
     
  5. hawki

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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
     
  6. hawki

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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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