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Russian cyberops are targeting COVID-19 vaccine R&D, intelligence agencies warn

Russian cyberops are targeting COVID-19 vaccine R&D, intelligence agencies warn Western intelligence agencies say they’ve found evidence that Russian cyber espionage is targeting efforts to develop a coronavirus vaccine in a number of countries. In an advisory report, the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said the Russia-linked cyber espionage group commonly […]

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Senate report says Russian election interference ‘invariably’ supported Trump, recommends national PSA

Senate report says Russian election interference ‘invariably’ supported Trump, recommends national PSA A bipartisan Senate investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election released today definitively implicates the country in online operations designed specifically to get then-candidate Donald Trump elected. The tactics used were “overtly and almost invariably supportive” of his campaign […]

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What history could tell Mark Zuckerberg

What history could tell Mark Zuckerberg Perhaps Mark Zuckerberg obsessed over the wrong bit of history. Or else didn’t study his preferred slice of classical antiquity carefully enough, faced, as he now is, with an existential crisis of ‘fake news’ simultaneously undermining trust in his own empire and in democracy itself. A recent New […]

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How Russia’s online influence campaign engaged with millions for years

How Russia’s online influence campaign engaged with millions for years Russian efforts to influence U.S. politics and sway public opinion were consistent and, as far as engaging with target audiences, largely successful, according to a report from Oxford’s Computational Propaganda Project published today. Based on data provided to Congress by Facebook, Instagram, […]

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Facebook connects Russia to 100+ accounts it removed ahead of mid-terms

Facebook connects Russia to 100+ accounts it removed ahead of mid-terms The 115 accounts Facebook took down yesterday for inauthentic behavior ahead of the mid-term elections may indeed have been linked to the Russia-based Internet Research Agency, according to a new statement from the company. It says that a site claiming association […]

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How to watch Facebook and Twitter’s big hearings with Congress

How to watch Facebook and Twitter’s big hearings with Congress On Wednesday, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey will appear before Congress in the latest high profile hearings for tech on Capitol Hill. The main event will take place at 9:30 a.m. ET, as the pair of tech execs […]

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Valimail offers US election boards, campaigns and voting vendors its email anti-spoofing service for free

Valimail offers US election boards, campaigns and voting vendors its email anti-spoofing service for free Valimail, an enterprise email security firm, announced that it will offer its email protections for free to relevant government workers and campaigns through the 2018 midterms. That offer covers state election boards, voting system vendors and major […]

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Activists push back on Facebook’s decision to remove a DC protest event

Activists push back on Facebook’s decision to remove a DC protest event A number of activists and organizers in the Washington DC area are disputing Facebook’s decision to remove a counter-protest event against a rally organized by Jason Kessler, the white nationalist figure who planned the deadly 2017 rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Facebook […]

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Russian hackers already targeted a Missouri senator up for reelection in 2018

Russian hackers already targeted a Missouri senator up for reelection in 2018 A Democratic senator seeking reelection this fall appears to be the first identifiable target of Russian hacking in the 2018 midterm race. In a new story on the Daily Beast, Andrew Desiderio and Kevin Poulsen reported that Democratic Missouri Senator […]

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Cloudflare recruits state and local governments for free election site security program

Cloudflare recruits state and local governments for free election site security program After launching a free program to protect election systems last December, Cloudflare has an update on how things are going. The program, known as the Athenian Project, provides Cloudflare’s services for free to state and local government websites that administer […]

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