05 Nov 2020

Malspam Campaign Milks Election Uncertainty

A new campaign targeting US presidential election uncertainty has been uncovered by cybersecurity professionals. Threat actors have leveraged public mistrust in the election process, releasing a malspam campaign that spreads the Qbot Trojan. The day after the election, a wave of spam emails was released with headlines claiming to have

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26 Oct 2020

Treasury Sanctions Iranian Entities for Attempted Election Interference

On October 22, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) determined to impose sanctions on five distinct Iranian entities known to have attempted to conduct election interference on the US and its voters. These attempts include spreading disinformation and executing malign influence campaigns aimed to mislead

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22 Oct 2020

Voter Websites In California And Florida Could Be Vulnerable To Hacks, Report Finds

In July, the Department of Homeland Security allegedly received a report from two cybersecurity firms detailing a vulnerability in the online voter registration systems used by counties in California and Florida. The researchers warned that hackers could leverage an old flaw that allowed them to change voter registration files four

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02 Oct 2020

U.S. patchwork of state, county election computer networks still vulnerable to cyberattacks

A minor incident in 2016 in which Riverside, California, voters were turned away at the polls due to hackers changing their voter registration information during the primaries has lead cybersecurity professionals to uncover the underlying issue, that voting machines are still susceptible to cyberattacks. Further investigation concluded that it was

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24 Sep 2020

Software vendor Tyler Technologies tells U.S. local government clients it was hacked

Tyler Technologies, a software vendor whose products are used by US states and local governments to conduct elections and share election data, announced on Wednesday that its internal systems had been compromised by an unknown third party. Tyler’s software and platforms are used by elections officials to display voting results,

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06 Aug 2020

State Department offers $10 million for info on hackers targeting U.S. elections

The State Department announced today that they are offering a reward of up to $10 million for information that would lead to identifying or locating foreign operatives attempting to interfere in the US 2020 Presidential elections. The State Department’s move is likely due to interference in the 2016 elections, in

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01 Apr 2020

Sensitive Voter Data Exposed by App Used in US Elections

According to cybersecurity company UpGaurd, sensitive information about US voters was left exposed as a result of a data breach by the application Campaign Sidekick, which functions as a voter contact and canvassing app. Campaign Sidekick is used by the Republican party in election campaigns. UpGaurd found that an unprotected

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18 Oct 2019

Trump Campaign Website Left Open to Email Server Hijack

A new investigation by Comparitech found that 768 different websites, including one that is part of US President Donald Trump’s official re-election campaign, were running “debugging sessions” of website development tool Laravel, and 10 to 20% of those sites were leaking sensitive back-end data as a result. Web developers can

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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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