/ Security News /

Fair elections are the lifelines of democracy, but in recent years election hacking has become a hot topic worldwide. Whether it’s American voting machines during the 2016 presidential election or India’s EVMs during 2014 general elections, the integrity, transparency, and security of electronic voting machines remained questionable, leaving a wound in the minds of many …

By adhering to cybersecurity best practices, election organizations—including state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) governments—can improve the security of their election systems. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Hunt and Incident Response Team (HIRT) developed the best practices in this tip from lessons learned through engagements with SLTT governments, election stakeholders, and others. Organizations …

/ Security News /

Microsoft claims to have uncovered another new Russian hacking attempts targeting United States’ Senate and conservative think tanks ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. The tech giant said Tuesday that the APT28 hacking group—also known as Strontium, Fancy Bear, Sofacy, Sednit, and Pawn Storm, which is believed to be tied to the Russian government—created at …

/ Security News /

Microsoft said it detected and helped the US government to block Russian hacking attempts against at least three congressional candidates this year, a Microsoft executive revealed speaking at the Aspen Security Forum today. Although the company refused to name the targets but said, the three candidates were “people who, because of their positions, might have …

/ Security Assessments News /

To understand why many computer scientists and voting rights advocates don’t trust the security of many US election systems, consider the experience of Georgia-based researcher Logan Lamb. Last August, after the FBI reported hackers were probing voter registration systems in more than a dozen states, Lamb decided to assess the security of voting systems in …

/ Security Assessments News /

Enlarge / President Barack Obama reportedly called Russian President Vladimir Putin in October 2016 on the “cyber hotline” to warn about the ongoing hacking of US election officials’ systems. Citing sources “with direct knowledge of the US investigation” into Russia’s information operations campaign during the 2016 US presidential election campaign, Bloomberg News’ Michael Riley and …

/ Security Assessments News /

Enlarge / Eric Trump, son of then-presidential nominee Donald Trump, looks at wife Lara Yunaska’s voting booth. An NSA report indicates Russia may have attempted to plant malware on the computers of election officials in the days before voting. A Top Secret NSA analyst’s report published by The Intercept suggests that, in August 2016, the …

Enlarge / Russian President Vladmir Putin in Saint Petersburg today for the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, acknowledged today that Russian hackers may have interfered in the US election. Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin acknowledged today that “patriotically minded” Russian hackers may have been responsible for the breach of the network of the Democratic National …

Enlarge / Facebook Security gave details last week on how the company is fighting nation-state and other groups’ efforts to use the social network to amplify false news and for covert propaganda efforts. Getty Images/ NurPhoto Facebook Security has revealed more of how the company has begun to combat the spread of propaganda and “fake …

/ Security News /

A Russian computer hacker and alleged spam kingpin was arrested in Barcelona, Spain, on Friday reportedly over suspicion of being involved in hacking attacks linked to alleged interference in last year’s United States presidential election process. 36-year-old Pyotr Levashov from St. Petersburg was detained by police in Barcelona after US authorities issued an international arrest …