Tag: Russia

Before Senate Facebook, Twitter Defend Efforts to Stop Fake News

Facebook and Twitter executives defended recent efforts to stop the use of their platforms by Russia, Iran and other countries to influence U.S. elections.

As Election Threats Mount, Voting Machine Hacks are a Distraction

Beating up on direct record electronic (DRE) voting machines has been popular sport in security circles for more than a decade. But is it a distraction from other, more present and dangerous threats to the integrity of elections? A growing body of evidence says “yes.”

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Episode 105: Is Trolling a Human Rights Abuse? Also: the Do’s and Dont’s of Ransomware Negotiation

In this week’s podcast: a report out last week from The Institute for the Future makes clear that state sponsored trolling has gone global and is now a go-to tool for repressive regimes worldwide, constituting a new form of human rights abuse. Ben Nimmo of The Atlantic Council joins us to discuss. Also: ransomware is one of the most effective forms of online crime. Despite that, many organizations have no formal plan for responding to a ransomware attack: we talk with Thomas Hofmann of the firm Flashpoint*, which has launched a new service to help firms prepare for and respond to ransomware.

U.S. official: Don’t bring laptops or mobile devices to the World Cup in Russia

If you’re going to the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia and you’re thinking of taking your laptop or mobile device to the matches, just don’t do it, warned the top U.S. counterintelligence official.

U.S. sanctions Russian companies, individuals over cyber attacks

Acting on an executive order, the U.S. government imposed sanctions on five companies and three individuals for their collaboration with the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) in state-sponsored cyber-attack activity.