October 2016

Mid-October has seen the US government officially accusing Russia of interfering in the presidential election, claiming that “only Russia’s senior-most officials” could have authorised an attack like the one against the Democratic National Convention, which came close to derailing the Clinton primary campaign, after revelations of illicit plotting by supposedly neutral Democratic officials against her […]

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Following the hack of the Democratic National Committee, many in Congress and elsewhere have called on the United States to retaliate against Russia, the country the Obama administration says is the perpetrator. The administration is reported to be seriously contemplating a response. While doing so may be satisfying and worthwhile, whether and how to respond […]

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Wait and see However, some companies may choose to wait and see whether the employee is deliberately acting maliciously and whether others are involved. It is not just their own staff that companies need to monitor – they must also ensure external contractors are monitored. Vulnerability consultant Chris Clemson gives an example: “A Manchester-based internet […]

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AP BY: Bill Gertz Follow @BillGertz October 31, 2016 5:00 am Unanswered questions are what officials call gaps—a lack of information or intelligence that render judgments incomplete. FBI Director James Comey last week took the extraordinary step of re-opening the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server in a bid to close some of […]

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Outdated election tech The problem is compounded by another sobering fact: The current U.S. voting infrastructure is a compilation of older, unsophisticated technology blended with newer digital electronics that often don’t work well together. This system requires patching — much like an operating system that constantly needs updating to prevent newly discovered vulnerabilities from being […]

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