The security of today's midterm elections in the US depend in part on the integrity of the electronic voting machines and the thwarting of foreign influence campaigns. As cyber attacks are expected, several government agencies have joined forces to combat influence efforts and help state and local officials secure the election.
A new SEO poisoning campaign has been discovered that is targeting keywords associated with the U.S. midterm elections. Users who are enticed to visit these pages will then be redirected to a variety of scam sites, adult sites, and sites pushing unwanted software.
Ahead of the upcoming U.S. midterm elections, Twitter has issued new information on how it will protection the integrity of the elections and handle perceived election interference on their network.
Microsoft has launched a pilot program aimed at providing cybersecurity protection for political campaigns and election authorities. The pilot program —named AccountGuard— was launched at the end of July, Bleeping Computer has learned, and was set in motion for the 2018 US midterm elections.
Facebook announced today that it removed 32 Facebook and Instagram accounts and pages for exhibiting behavior consistent a political influence campaign, which Facebook said it previously saw during the 2016 US Presidential Election.
Speaking at the Aspen Security Forum today, Microsoft said it already blocked the first attempts of a Russian threat actor at hacking into the campaigns of three congressional candidates participating in the 2018 midterm elections.