Election Cybersecurity Round-Up: October 8 – October 13, 2021

The Experts Corner

What do Americans really think about misinformation?
Marie Harf / USC Election Cybersecurity Initiative / Oct. 13,, 2021

USC in the News

Vermont officials attend cybersecurity workshop
Keith Whitcomb Jr. / Rutland Herald / Oct. 8, 2021

New England states talk cybersecurity at USC workshop
Sten Spinella / GovTech / Oct. 8, 2021

New England officials convene with academics to talk election cybersecurity
Sten Spinella / The Union Leader / Oct. 8, 2021

New England officials convene with academics to talk election cybersecurity
Sten Spinella / Yahoo News / Oct. 7, 2021

New England officials convene with academics to talk election cybersecurity
Opera News / Oct. 8, 2021

Election Cybersecurity

Prominent voting hardware company seeks to block docs from release in Santa Clara County court
Gabriel Greschler / The Mercury News / Oct. 9, 2021

Missoula County weighs shift from precinct ballot tabulation to central count
Martin Kidston / KPAX / Oct. 8, 2021

Administrator of elections talks about voting security
Bethany Porter / Southern Standard / Oct. 9, 2021

Cybersecurity / Technology

Biden signs bill to strengthen K-12 school cybersecurity
Maggie Miller / The Hill / Oct. 8, 2021

Woman allegedly hacked flight school, cleared planes with maintenance issues to fly
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE / Oct. 12, 2021

2022 global digital trust insights survey
PWC / Oct. 2021

Cyberattacks concerning to most in US: Pearson/AP-NORC poll
Alan Suderman / The Associated Press / Oct. 11, 2021

Microsoft said it mitigated a 2.4 Tbps DDoS attack
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record / Oct. 11, 2021

U.S. and Russian candidates both want to lead the U.N.’s telecom arm
Aaron Schaffer / The Washington Post / Oct. 12, 2021

Iran-linked hackers targeted maritime and defense contractors, compromised Office 365 accounts
Tonya Riley / CyberScoop / Oct. 11, 2021

Olympus probes apparent cyberattack, its second in less than a month
AJ Vicens / CyberScoop / Oct. 12, 2021

White House kicks off international ransomware meeting amid global barrage
Tim Starks / CyberScoop / Oct. 13, 2021

Russia left out of White House’s 30-country ransomware summit
Zachary Basu / Axios / Oct. 13, 2021

Justice Department to fine contractors for not reporting cyber incidents
James Rundle and Kim S. Nash / The Wall Street Journal / Oct. 7, 2021

Railroads say they don’t need cybersecurity mandates
Aaron Schaffer / The Washington Post / Oct. 7, 2021

Democrats urge federal agencies to address use of cryptocurrencies for ransomware payments
Maggie Miller / The Hill / Oct. 8, 2021

Romance scammers exploit Apple’s developer program to spread fake cryptocurrency apps
Tonya Riley / CyberScoop / Oct. 13, 2021

Cartels and crypto (Opinion)
Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-Texas) and Samantha F. Ravich / The Hill / Oct. 8, 2021

Google announces new efforts to protect journalists and high-risk users from cyberattacks
Jonathan Greig / ZDNet / Oct. 8, 2021

Google creates cybersecurity team to help respond to attacks
Jacob Knutson / Axios / Oct. 12, 2021

Hackers are waging a guerrilla war on tech companies, revealing secrets and raising fears of collateral damage
Drew Harwell / The Washington Post / Oct. 7, 2021

Majority of Americans concerned about cyberattacks on critical groups: poll
Maggie Miller / The Hill / Oct. 11, 2021

Lawmakers see path to rein in tech, but it isn’t smooth
Cecilia Kang / The New York Times / Oct. 9, 2021

Sen. Amy Klobuchar says we’re behind other countries on Big Tech regulation
Michel Martin / NPR All Things Considered / Oct. 10, 2021

Facebook whistleblower’s testimony spurs calls for regulation
Scott Simon and Shannon Bond / NPR Weekend Edition Saturday / Oct. 9, 2021

After whistle-blower goes public, Facebook tries calming employees
Mike Isaac et al. / The New York Times / Oct. 10, 2021

Facebook executive warns against getting rid of algorithm, defends safety measures
Ivana Saric / Axois / Oct. 10, 2021

Snapchat young candidate project gets buzz
Alexi McCammond / Axios / Oct. 10, 2021

Cybersecurity / Technology — International

With the China Mission Center, the CIA refocuses on the changing world stage
Rachel Martin and Greg Myre / NPR Morning Edition / Oct. 8, 2021

Former Pentagon official says China has won artificial intelligence battle
Monique Beals / The Hill / Oct. 11, 2021

China’s tech antitrust campaign snares Meituan, a food-delivery giant
Raymond Zhong / The New York Times / Oct. 8, 2021

Apple warns of cybercrime risks if EU forces it to allow others’ software
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters / Oct. 13, 2021

Irish regulator proposes 36 mln euro Facebook privacy fine – document
Padraic Halpin / Reuters / Oct. 13, 2021

Disinformation / Misinformation

Misinformation abounds as House panel questions election audit
Laura Olson / News Tribune / Oct. 8, 2021

Americans agree misinformation is a problem, poll shows
Amanda Seitz and Hannah Fingerhut / The Associated Press / Oct. 8, 2021

Journalists must collaborate to fight disinformation, Nobel winner Ressa says
Scott Simon / NPR Weekend Edition Saturday / Oct. 9, 2021

Barbers are enlisted to tout the benefits of being vaccinated against COVID
Ximena Conde / NPR Morning Edition / Oct. 8, 2021

‘A safe space’: Black pastors promote vaccinations from the pulpit
Liam Stack / The New York Times / Oct. 9, 2021

Celebrities’ anti-vaccine comments spark debate online
Femi Oke / WBUR / Oct. 8, 2021

Drawing a line from Cold War brainwashing to the misinformation age
Dina Temple-Raston / The Washington Post / Oct. 8, 2021

China is exploiting search engines to push propaganda about origins of covid-19, study finds
Cristiano Lima / The Washington Post / Oct. 5, 2021

Elections During and After the Pandemic

Election workers in Georgia are fired for shredding voter registration forms
Michael Wines / The New York Times / Oct. 11, 2021

Democrats edge toward dumping Iowa’s caucuses as the first presidential vote
Michael Scherer / The Washington Post / Oct. 9, 2021

Ariz. Republicans tell Congress: Maricopa County held ‘free, fair and accurate election’ that Biden won
Eugene Scott / The Washington Post / Oct. 7, 2021

‘When will the madness end?’ – Michigan Auditor General requests some counties review 2020 election results again
Grant Hermes and Dane Kelly / WDIV 4 / Oct. 10, 2021

Norridgewock officials plan COVID-19 vaccination clinic in conjunction with Election Day polls
Taylor Abbott / Central Maine / Oct. 8, 2021

MT GOP push for special election panel has been building for months
Sam Wilson / Independent Record / Oct. 8, 2021

N.J. election 2021: Ballot drop-boxes continue to be popular. Where to find yours.
Steven Rodas / NJ.com / Oct. 10, 2021

GOP wants personal voter data to root out fraud. Pa. already uses a more secure system.
Danielle Ohl / Spotlight PA / Oct. 11, 2021

Virginia’s top election official responds as gubernatorial candidates debate audits
Jackie DeFusco / ABC 8 News / Oct. 8, 2021

Pennsylvania- Local officials ready for election season
Robert Inglis / The Daily Item / Oct. 9, 2021

Georgia election official takes the fight to Trump
Marc Caputo / POLITICO / Oct. 10, 2021

After attempts to oust her, elections administrator quits
Kathy Cruz / Hood County News / Oct. 8, 2021

Indiana AG Rokita opposes strengthened Voting Rights Act in Senate testimony
Brandon Smith / WBAA / Oct. 8, 2021

Potential candidates always test political waters in Iowa. Trump’s trip is different
Clay Masters / NPR Weekend Edition Saturday / Oct. 9, 2021

As the GOP prepares for midterms, they welcome Trump with open arms
A Martínez / NPR Morning Edition / Oct. 11, 2021

DeJoy’s 10-Year postal plan threatens mail-in ballots, States say
Erik Larson / Bloomberg / Oct. 8, 2021

Krebs says efforts to undermine elections could put U.S. in a “death spiral” (Video)
Zoe Poindexter / CBS Face the Nation / Oct. 10, 2021

Trump ‘without question’ trying to overhaul election system, warns his ex-cybersecurity head
Fatma Khaled / Newsweek / Oct. 10, 2021

In debate over Conquistadors 500 years ago, Spanish Right sees an opportunity
Nicholas Casey / The New York Times / Oct. 9, 2021

‘What have we done with democracy?’ A decade on, Arab Spring gains wither
Vivian Yee / The New York Times / Oct. 10, 2021

Iraqis’ frustration over broken promises keeps voter turnout low
Jane Arraf / The New York Times / Oct. 10, 2021

Populist leader of Czech Republic narrowly defeated in election
Andrew Higgins / The New York Times / Oct. 9, 2021

Facing criminal inquiry, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz resigns
Melissa Eddy / The New York Times / Oct. 9, 2021

Austrian political scandal leaves Europe’s Conservatives in need of new path
Katrin Bennhold / The New York Times / Oct. 10, 2021

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