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Coronavirus Has Upended Election Security Training with Just Months Before November
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Coronavirus Has Upended Election Security Training with Just Months Before November

The University of Southern California Election Security Initiative is scrambling to virtually train campaign and election officials across the U.S. before the November...

U.K. Parliament Votes to Continue Democracy by Zoom
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U.K. Parliament Votes to Continue Democracy by Zoom

U.K. lawmakers on Tuesday unanimously voted to hold a "virtual Parliament" to maintain the machinery of democracy via the Zoom videoconferencing platform.

Facebook, Twitter Suspend Russian-Linked Operation Targeting African Americans on Social Media
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Facebook, Twitter Suspend Russian-Linked Operation Targeting African Americans on Social Media

Facebook and Twitter suspended a Russian-linked campaign designed to inflame racial tensions among African Americans in the U.S.

How the Cloud Has Opened Doors for Hackers
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How the Cloud Has Opened Doors for Hackers

Corporate transfers of operations to the cloud have elevated the threat of hacking.

In Nevada, Last-Minute Scramble to Make Voting Tech Work
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In Nevada, Last-Minute Scramble to Make Voting Tech Work

Nevada's Democratic Party hopes to avoid the fiasco seen in Iowa when it holds its caucuses Saturday with an in-house electronic voting system that it had to assemble...

Voting Machines Touted as Secure Option Are Actually Vulnerable to Hacking, Study Finds
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Voting Machines Touted as Secure Option Are Actually Vulnerable to Hacking, Study Finds

Researchers found that ballot-marking devices, which will be used in at least 18% of U.S. districts in November’s presidential election, lack sufficient safeguards...

Colleges Are Turning Students' Phones Into Surveillance Machines
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Colleges Are Turning Students' Phones Into Surveillance Machines

Dozens of colleges across the United States are using short-range phone sensors and campuswide Wi-Fi networks to monitor students' academic performance, analyze...

Facebook's Ad Tools Subsidize Partisanship; Campaigns May Not Even Know It.
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Facebook's Ad Tools Subsidize Partisanship; Campaigns May Not Even Know It.

Researchers found that the technologies Facebook uses to sort the relevancy of advertising may be more responsible for the polarization of U.S. politics than previously...

Researchers Uncover Russian-Style Information Operation Ahead of U.K. Elections
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Researchers Uncover Russian-Style Information Operation Ahead of U.K. Elections

Graphika, a cyber-intelligence firm, discovered a campaign on Reddit and Twitter to disseminate leaked trade documents ahead of elections in the U.K.

Lawmakers Warn About Threat of Political Deepfakes by Creating One
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Lawmakers Warn About Threat of Political Deepfakes by Creating One

Two U.S. congressmen created an artificial intelligence-doctored political video to demonstrate the threat such disinformation presents.

How State Election Officials Are Contributing to Weak Security in 2020
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How State Election Officials Are Contributing to Weak Security in 2020

A study by cybersecurity company NormShield found U.S. state election offices are failing to implement digital safeguards, increasing the 2020 elections' susceptibility...

An AI First: Voice-Mimicking Software Reportedly Used in a Major Theft
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An AI First: Voice-Mimicking Software Reportedly Used in a Major Theft

A French insurance company said one of its clients had been victimized by thieves using voice-mimicking software to imitate a company executive and dupe an employee...

Hackers Told to Break into U.S. Voting Machines Didn't Have Much Trouble
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Hackers Told to Break into U.S. Voting Machines Didn't Have Much Trouble

Hackers at this year's Def Con hacker conference successfully exploited weaknesses in U.S. voting systems, demonstrating that many machines could be hijacked and...

FBI, ICE Find State Driver's License Photos a Gold Mine for Facial-Recognition Searches
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FBI, ICE Find State Driver's License Photos a Gold Mine for Facial-Recognition Searches

U.S. federal investigators using facial-recognition technology to search millions of Americans' state driver's license photos, without their knowledge or permission...

Even Voting Machine Company Pushes for Election Security Legislation
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Even Voting Machine Company Pushes for Election Security Legislation

Voting machine vendor Election Systems & Software has called on Congress to pass legislation requiring paper trails for all votes to protect against hacking.

Tech Giant Brings Software to a Gun Fight
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Tech Giant Brings Software to a Gun Fight

Salesforce.com is pressuring sporting-goods retailers and other customers to stop selling a range of firearms, or be prohibited from using its products.

Apple, Google, WhatsApp Condemn British Spy Agency Proposal to Access Encrypted Messages
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Apple, Google, WhatsApp Condemn British Spy Agency Proposal to Access Encrypted Messages

Leading technology organizations have criticized an intelligence proposal by the U.K. Government Communications Headquarters to let law enforcement to spy on encrypted...

Android App to Tackle Cybersecurity in the Developing World
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Android App to Tackle Cybersecurity in the Developing World

Android is offering a free app to boost security for smartphone users in the developing world.

In Australia, Hacked Lime Scooters Spew Racism, Profanity
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In Australia, Hacked Lime Scooters Spew Racism, Profanity

Vandals hacked the audio files of scooters in Australia, to make them generate profanities and racist speech.

How WhatsApp, FaceTime and Other Encryption Apps Shaped the Outcome of the Mueller Report
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How WhatsApp, FaceTime and Other Encryption Apps Shaped the Outcome of the Mueller Report

Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III detailed multiple contacts among Russian operatives and associates of President Trump in the report made public Thursday....
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