Election Cybersecurity Round-Up: October 5 – October 7, 2021

Articles Related to Election Cybersecurity

The Experts Corner

Rich platforms, poor democracy

Marie Harf / USC Election Cybersecurity Initiative / Oct. 7, 2021

 

USC in the News

New England officials convene with academics to talk election cybersecurity

Sten Spinella / The Day / Oct. 7, 2021

 

Election Cybersecurity

Macomb County hiring contractor to look at election machine

The Associated Press / Oct. 5, 2021

Peters praises accuracy of Dominion voting machines

Charles Ashby / The Daily Sentinel / Oct. 7, 2021

 

Cybersecurity / Technology

Russian hackers haven’t backed off, administration official acknowledges

Aaron Schaffer / The Washington Post / Oct. 6, 2021

Google blames suspected Russian hacking group for targeting 14,000 Gmail users

Tonya Riley / CyberScoop / Oct. 7, 2021

CIA creates working group on China as threats keep rising

Nomaan Merchant / The Associated Press / Oct. 7, 2021

TSA to impose cybersecurity mandates on major rail and subway systems

Ellen Nakashima / The Washington Post / Oct. 6, 2021

TSA to issue regulations to secure rail, aviation groups against cyber threats

Maggie Miller / The Hill / Oct. 6, 2021

Emergent ransomware gang FIN12 strikes hospitals, moves quickly against big targets

Tim Starks / CyberScoop / Oct. 7, 2021

Telegraph newspaper bares 10TB of subscriber data and server logs to world+dog

Gareth Corfield / The Register / Oct. 5, 2021

Hackers demand ransom from Johnson Memorial Health

Jennie Runevitch / WTHR / Oct. 5, 2021

NSA director expects to be facing ransomware attacks ‘every single day’ in five years

Maggie Miller / The Hill / Oct. 5, 2021

US poised to sue contractors who don’t report cyber breaches

Eric Tucker / The Associated Press / Oct. 7, 2021

Lawmakers advocate for establishment of standalone House and Senate cyber panels

Maggie Miller / The Hill / Oct. 6, 2021

Lawmakers introduce bill to identify and protect critical groups from cyber threats

Maggie Miller / The Hill / Oct. 5, 2021

Arizona launches command center to combat cyberattacks

The Associated Press / Oct. 4, 2021

Audit: Cybersecurity weak for many Kansas school districts

The Associated Press / Oct. 5, 2021

Truckee outlines response to July cybersecurity attack

The Associated Press / Oct. 5, 2021

A ‘potentially disastrous’ data breach hits Twitch, the livestreaming site.

Kellen Browning / The New York Times / Oct. 6, 2021

The Twitch hack is worse for streamers than for twitch

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Vice News / Oct. 6, 2021

Enter the ‘splinternet’: How competing visions for the internet could shape cyberspace

WBUR / Oct. 4, 2021

Key takeaways from Facebook’s whistle-blower hearing

Sheera Frenkel / The New York Times / Oct. 5, 2021

I designed algorithms at Facebook. Here’s how to regulate them.

Roddy Lindsay / The New York Times / Oct. 6, 2021

Facebook exec: We do not prioritize engagement over safety

Barbara Ortutay / The Associated Press / Oct. 7, 2021

Why Facebook and Instagram went down for hours on Monday

Jonathan Franklin and Bill Chappell / NPR / Oct. 5, 2021

Facebook blames networking issues, not a cyberattack, for long downtime

Jeff Stone / CyberScoop / Oct. 5, 2021

Facebook’s apps went down. The world saw how much it runs on them.

Raymond Zhong and Adam Satariano / The New York Times / Oct. 5, 2021

More than social media: The WhatsApp outage affected small businesses worldwide

NPR All Things Considered / Oct. 6, 2021

Instagram and teens: How to keep your kids safe

Barbara Ortutay and Amanda Seitz / The Associated Press / Oct. 7, 2021

Snapchat is adding a feature to help young users run for political office

Juana Summers / NPR Morning Edition / Oct. 5, 2021

 

Cybersecurity / Technology — International

International coalition arrests ‘prolific’ hackers involved in ransomware attacks

Maggie Miller / The Hill / Oct. 4, 2021

Suspected Chinese hackers masqueraded as Indian government to send COVID-19 phishing emails

Tim Starks / CyberScoop / Oct. 5, 2021

Singapore passes ‘most powerful’ foreign interference law amid fears of ever-shrinking space for dissent

Rachel Pannett / The Washington Post / Oct. 5, 2021

Bbritian to carry out ‘offensive’ cyber attacks from new 5bn digital warfare centre

Edward Malnick / The Telegraph / Oct. 2, 2021

Spies used Android malware to try collecting intelligence from a Togolese activist, Amnesty says

Tonya Riley / CyberScoop / Oct. 6, 2021

Microsoft: Russia behind 58% of detected state-backed hacks

Frank Bajak / The Associated Press / Oct. 7, 2021

Russian-speaking hacking group scaling up ransomware attacks on hospitals

Maggie Miller / The Hill / Oct. 7, 2021

Russian court orders bailiffs to enforce fine on Facebook

The Associated Press / Oct. 7, 2021

Sheikh set Israeli spyware on ex-wife in custody battle, court says

Megan Specia and Ben Hubbard / The New York Times / Oct. 6, 2021

Australia wants Facebook held liable for anonymous comments

Rod McGuirk / The Associated Press / Oct. 7, 2021

 

Disinformation / Misinformation

Trump continues to lie, says ‘real insurrection’ happened when he lost election

Alana Wise / NPR / Oct. 6, 2021

Trump loses effort to keep suit over YouTube ban in Florida

Erik Larson / Bloomberg / Oct. 7, 2021

Legislator leaves panel leadership over false COVID claims

Kathy McCormack / The Associated Press / Oct. 6, 2021

Ron Johnson takes 2 covid conspiracy theories from fever swamps to Fox News prime time

Aaron Blake / The Washington Post / Oct. 5, 2021

NAACP calls for meeting with Zuckerberg after hate speech revelations on Facebook

Cameron Jenkins / The Hill / Oct. 6, 2021

Google, Youtube to demonetize climate denial content

Chris Mills Rodrigo / The Hill / Oct. 7, 2021

 

Elections During and After the Pandemic

Youngkin continues call for ‘audit’ of election machines in Virginia

Zach Montellaro / POLITICO / Oct. 5, 2021

Watch live: Arizona officials testify before House panel on election audit

The Hill / Oct. 7, 2021

Cyber Ninjas CEO declines to testify before Congress about Arizona election audit

Ben Giles / KJZZ / Oct. 6, 2021

New Hampshire showed how to audit an election properly

Sarah Salem / The Washington Post / Oct. 5, 2021

Scott County Auditor hosts three community presentations for new voting rules

Samson Kimani / KWQC / Oct. 6, 2021

County hears election fraud concern

Vickie Moss / The Iola Register / Oct. 6, 2021

Group pushing 2020 election recount reaches Omaha

Brian Mastre / WOWT / Oct. 6, 2021

Wisconsin’s largest cities targeted in 2020 election probe

Scott Bauer / The Associated Press / Oct. 6, 2021

Former Supreme Court Justice Gableman, head of Republican review of Wisconsin election, says he does not understand how elections work

Patrick Marley and Natalie Eilbert / Green Bay Press Gazette / Oct. 6, 2021

Why Democrats see 3 Governor’s races as a sea wall for fair elections

Reid J. Epstein and Nick Corasaniti / The New York Times / Oct. 6, 2021

Texas legislation would allow partisan actors to request election audits

Andrew Schneider and Paul Debenedetto / NPR Houston Public Media / Oct. 6, 2021

Renewed Texas GOP efforts to target voter fraud could be more ‘performance’ than substance

Jill Ament and Caroline Covington / Texas Standard / Oct. 6, 2021

N.J. poll workers get a pay raise in hopes of getting more people to sign up

P. Kenneth Burns / WHYY / Oct. 6, 2021

Ballot blunders: How to fix the NYC Board of Elections

Courtney Gross / Spectrum News 1 / Oct. 6, 2021

Voters, advocates ask to stand with PA against election investigation

Chris Ullery / The Intelligencer / Oct. 6, 2021

Experts fear Pa. senators’ statements, unsupported by evidence, in 2020 election ‘audit’

Jonathan Lai and Andrew Seidman / The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette / Oct. 6, 2021

Court: McCrory backers can be sued for defaming 2016 voters

Bryan Anderson / The Associated Press / Oct. 5, 2021

Report details Trump’s all-out bid to undo election results

Mary Clare Jalonick / The Associated Press / Oct. 7, 2021

Pandora Papers a worry for Czech PM Babis ahead of election

Karel Janicek / The Associated Press / Oct. 6, 2021

Poland’s top court rules its constitution trumps some E.U. Laws

Andrew Higgins and Monika Pronczuk / The New York Times / Oct. 7, 2021

Rome mayor loses re-election bid, a defeat for Five Star Movement

Elisabetta Povoledo / The New York Times / Oct. 4, 2021

Philippine dictator son’s presidential run triggers protests

Aaron Favila and Jim Gomez / The Associated Press / Oct. 6, 2021

Spokesman says Libya lawmakers reschedule parliament vote

The Associated Press / Oct. 6, 2021

In Iraqi elections, guns and money still dominate politics

Jane Arraf / The New York Times / Oct. 7, 2021

Sunday’s vote in Iraq clouded by a disillusioned electorate

Samya Kullab / The Associated Press / Oct. 6, 2021

 

Edited by Jung-hwa Kang, Compiled by Carina Robles and Jillian Kwong