26 Oct 2020

Georgia Election Data Hit in Ransomware Attack

Hall County, Georgia, is now one of the first districts to suffer from a breach amidst the upcoming elections, targeted by an attack that exposed the county’s database of voter signatures. The county has claimed that the voting process remains unimpacted by the ransomware attack, the incident proves how important

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16 Oct 2020

Kyrgyzstan’s president says he’s quitting to avoid bloodshed

On Thursday, Kyrgyzstan’s President Sooronbai Jannbekov announced his resignation due to protests over a parliamentary election that was heavily disputed by the public. This represents the third time in just 15 years in which a Central Asian country leader has been ousted by a public uprising. Under the Kyrgyzstan constitution,

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12 Oct 2020

Scores detained during protests in Belarus

In Belarus, hundreds were arrested amid protests against the country’s now-notorious authoritarian leader, Alexander Lukashenko. For the 10th consecutive Sunday, tens of thousands of protestors gathered in the capital city of Minsk, demanding that the presidential elections be re-held due to rumors of the vote being rigged in favor of

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07 Oct 2020

Facebook bans QAnon conspiracy theory accounts across all platforms

Facebook has effectively banned all accounts linked to the harmful QAnon conspiracy theory group from all of its platforms, quoting violations of company policies and spreading disinformation. The conspiracy group will be removed from all Facebook Pages, Groups, and Instagram accounts. The massive crackdown began yesterday and is a significant

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06 Oct 2020

Post-election protests put Kyrgyzstan on brink of revolt

The results of the parliamentary election in Kyrgyzstan have sparked nation-wide outrage and protests, with demonstrators inciting violence and breaking into government headquarters early Tuesday. According to local media, protestors freed a former president from government custody. Authorities have not completely ruled out holding another vote to confirm or refute

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05 Oct 2020

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube race to contain disinformation about president’s diagnosis

Just minutes after President Trump announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19, misinformation began to spread across social media platforms. Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have been actively combatting disinformation campaigns related to the President’s diagnosis, including marking posts with warnings about fraudulent information. With Election Day just weeks away,

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02 Oct 2020

Emotet Emails Strike Thousands of DNC Volunteers

On Thursday, hundreds of US organizations received emails masquerading as the Democratic National Committee but secretly containing the Emotet malware in an attempted spear-phishing attack. The email claimed to be recruiting Democratic volunteers, with the subject line “Team Blue Take Action.” The operators behind Emotet malware keep up with current

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30 Sep 2020

FBI says hackers want to stoke doubt about the 2020 election

Misinformation campaigns have plagued the US Presidental Elections for years, and on Monday the FBI and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) warned the public about the potential of foreign-produced disinformation aiming to cast doubt about the legitimacy of the upcoming election. Foreign actors may be trying to spread false claims

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24 Sep 2020

FBI and CISA Alert: Foreign Actors and Cybercriminals Likely to Spread Disinformation Regarding 2020 Election Results

Earlier this week, the FBI and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued an announcement to alert the public to the potential threat of foreign interference in reporting 2020 election results and disinformation campaigns. According to the government agencies, foreign actors and cybercriminals may create or alter websites, and share

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11 Sep 2020

Microsoft confirms Chinese, Iranian, and Russian cyber-attacks on Biden and Trump campaigns

Yesterday, Microsoft confirmed that Chinese, Iranian, and Russian hackers attempted to breach email accounts associated with both the Biden and Trump election campaigns, confirming former suspicions over foreign interference in the US 2020 presidential elections. According to Microsoft, the majority of the attacks were immediately detected and blocked by security

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