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.
Four US senators, members of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, sent a letter on Wednesday to Election Systems and Software (ES&S), the largest voting machine vendor in the US, asking for clarifications on why the vendor is trying to discourage independent security reviews of its products.
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed two lawsuits on Monday against Facebook and Google on the grounds of breaking local campaign finance laws.
On Tuesday the web site used to display the voting results for the Knox County, Tennessee mayoral primary was taken offline by a distributed denial-of-service attack. This prevented voters from being able to access the site and view the results of the primary.
Facebook has confirmed over the weekend reports that an app made by a team of academics had collected vasts amounts of user data, who then shared this information with Cambridge Analytica —a commercial data analytics firm that allegedly used this info to target US voters in the 2016 Presidential election.
Facebook announced yesterday they would let users see what Facebook pages and Instagram accounts they followed that are linked to supposed Russian propaganda efforts.
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed official charges against a 25-year-old woman, Reality Leigh Winner, of Augusta, Georgia, for leaking classified material to the press.
Spanish police arrested a Russian hacker in Barcelona on the behest of US authorities on suspicion of meddling in last year's US presidential election process.
The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has upgraded the US voting and election infrastructure as a subsector of the nation's critical infrastructure.
A Russian-speaking hacker has breached the servers of the US Election Assistance Commission (EAC) and is now selling access to these accounts.
The number of people who dropped F-bombs on Twitter increased more than 3.5 times compared to the average of daily mentions, following news that Donald Trump had won the US presidency. Similarly, the number of people that reacted using "WTF" also more than doubled the same day.
Canada's immigration website has gone down on the night of the US Presidential Election after early poll results started coming in, showing Republican candidate Donald Trump holding a small lead, which slowly grew as the evening progressed.
Three days before the US Presidential Election takes place, California-based security firm Cylance showed the world how easy is to hack one of the many voting machine models that will be deployed at voting stations across the US on Election Day.