13 Aug 2020

DHS Worried About Ransomware Attacks for 2020 Election

According to an intelligence report issued by the Department of Homeland Security, one of the top 2020 election security concerns is ransomware. A report entitled “Cybercriminals and Criminal Hackers Capable of Disrupting Election Infrastructure”, echos concerns CISA head Chris Krebs articulate at the Black Hat security conference in early August. According to the report, the weeks leading up to the election are likely to be the highest risk for ransomware attacks.

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18 Feb 2020

Microsoft to deploy ElectionGuard voting software for the first time tomorrow

On February 18, Microsoft will launch its ElectionGaurd software in Fulton, Wisconsin. This marks the first time voting machines used in any US election will be running Microsoft’s new software. The software will face its first real-world test as residents of Fulton vote to elect representatives for the Wisconsin Supreme

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07 Feb 2020

Election Security Initiatives are Falling Short According to New Government Report

The Government Accountability Office has warned that CISA planning is falling short of what is needed to secure the 2020 Presidential election.  Delays in developing strategic and operational plans and a lack of staff focused on election security initiatives makes it likely that election security mission aspirations will fall short.  Notably, GAO warns that “CISA will not be well-positioned to execute a nationwide strategy for securing election infrastructure prior to the start of 2020 election activities.”

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17 Oct 2019

Typosquatting Websites Proliferate in Run-up to US Elections

Researchers with Digital Shadows have found hundreds of “typosquatting” domains linked to the 2020 US Presidential elections. Typosquatting is the practice of registering domains that very closely resemble a popular website. These domains are likely to receive traffic from visitors who made a typing error while entering the domain they

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20 Sep 2019

Key Senate Panel Approves $250 Million for Election Security

The US Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved $250 million in funding for election security at the state level. Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy, the ranking member of the Appropriations Committee, stated that “funding election security grants is a matter of national security.” Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had initially

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15 Aug 2019

Fewer Than Half of States Take These Two Election Security Precautions

A new report by the Brennan Center for Justice shows that only 24 US states are implementing two vital measures to bolster election security before the 2020 presidential election. Security experts have said that in order to prevent election meddling by Russia and other hostile actors in 2020, states should

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17 Jun 2019

US Lawmakers Hear Testimony on Concerns of Deepfakes

Last week, four intelligence experts warned the US House Intelligence Committee in a testimony about the growing risks resulting from the development of increasingly sophisticated deepfakes, which are images or videos doctored by artificial intelligence (AI) that show individuals saying and doing things they never said or did. Committee chairman

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10 Jun 2019

Top voting machine maker reverses position on election security, promises paper ballots

ES&S, the top producer of voting machines used in the United States, has said that it will stop selling outdated paperless voting machines that are known to be vulnerable to cyberattacks. In March, four senior Democratic lawmakers had asked the company for an explanation of its continued sale of vulnerable,

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06 Jun 2019

Election Security Is Still Hurting at Every Level

A new study by the Stanford Cyber Policy Center concludes that election security in the United States is still far from where it needs to be in order to rule out efforts at tampering in the 2020 presidential election. One major issue is the continued use of outdated voting machines

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29 Mar 2019

DHS & FBI Report that Election Infrastructure in all 50 States Targeted During 2016

The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have issued a special report acknowledging that the election infrastructure in all 50 states was targeted during the 2016 election.

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