23 Jan 2019

European Parliament Elections in May: Europe’s most hackable election

While individual European countries have held elections in recent years since the Russian campaign on the US election in 2016, the EU is gearing up for its first election since 2014. According to one European expert, “since then [2016], we have tested national systems for the security environment as we

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26 Nov 2018

Taiwan election: China is big winner as Tsai Ing-wen’s DPP party loses

China has been named as the winner in Taiwan’s recent local elections where the ruling Democratic Progressive Party lost to the opposition party that typically favors closer economic ties with mainland China. Tensions have escalated and calmed over various issues in the past years, and the ruling party had been

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13 Nov 2018

Competing Libyan governments arrive for Italy summit after December election shelved

Nearly 8 eights since NATO-supported rebels overthrew Gadaffi, Libya is roughly split into two political entities. The western portion of the country holds the seat of a government with international recognition but little control over territory, while the east is largely controlled by various armed groups, a rival government, and

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07 Nov 2018

DHS Cyber Unit Fields False Alarms But No Hacks on Election Day

“Despite a few scares, there is no evidence of any cyberattacks against election infrastructure Tuesday, DHS officials said. As expected, federal officials spent much of the day chasing down anomalies that appeared to have a cyber angle, though all turned out to be typical malfunctions or accidents. For example, in

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07 Nov 2018

Midterms Security Watch: Quiet Election Day early sign of cyber policy success

“For months, top U.S. officials have warned that foreign countries, specifically Russia and China, have the capability to hack the American midterm elections. Fifth Domain is live-blogging election security updates before, during and after the Nov. 6 vote, following the efforts of the Department of Homeland Security and others to

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01 Nov 2018

Military Cyber Teams On Standby For Elections

“The Homeland Security and Defense Departments don’t expect a significant cyber attack on next week’s elections. But both agencies are eager to avoid a repeat of 2016, so just in case, military Cyber Protection Teams are on standby and able to respond ‘within hours,’ a senior Pentagon official told reporters.

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25 Oct 2018

European elections ‘face growing threat of manipulation’

“EU governments cannot treat the next year’s European parliamentary elections as ‘business as usual’ given the growing risk of foreign and corporate manipulation, according to the European commission. The scandal over the misuse of Facebook data by Cambridge Analytica and the growing evidence of illegal interference in elections were described

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24 Oct 2018

Facebook shuts accounts of marketing group in Brazil election

Facebook has announced the shutdown of 68 pages and 43 accounts run by a Brazilian marketing group contracted by right-wing candidate and frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro for violating its misrepresentation and spam policies. Facebook underscored that the decision was driven by “the behavior of these actors…rather than on the type of

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24 Oct 2018

Facebook’s WhatsApp flooded with fake news in Brazil election

Two-thirds of Brazil’s voters use WhatsApp, a messaging service owned by Facebook that is often the primary means of communication. And, in the run-up to the extremely polarizing October 28 election between right-winger Jair Bolsonaro and leftist Fernando Haddad, it has become a tool for legitimate campaign information, as well

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16 Oct 2018

DHS Downplays Report That Data Thieves Are Selling Millions of Voters’ Data

“Various data on up to 35 million U.S. voters as many as 19 states is for sale online, according to a new report from a pair of cyber security research firms. But the Department of Homeland Security says that’s nothing new: much of the data is either public or available

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