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Pakistan candidate killed in suicide bombing, adding to concerns over security in upcoming general elections

“The first one, a suicide bomb attack, killed four people” writes Antonio Olivo for washingtonpost.com. A candidate in this week’s general elections was killed Sunday in a suicide bomb attack while on his way to a campaign event in northwest Pakistan, adding to concerns over public safety in an election in which at least 160 people have died this month in political attacks.The nation has been on edge over Wednesday’s elections that will decide Pakistan’s new prime minister after a string of similar suicide bombings this month against political candidates. Source:…

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Microsoft stops a Russian attempt at hacking 2018 midterm elections

“Less than a week after the United States government charged 12 Russian officers for hacking in the 2016 presidential election, Microsoft is accusing the same Russian intelligence agency of using a phishing scheme to hack at least three additional candidates in the 2018 midterm election” writes Mark Coppock for digitaltrends.com. Similar to the discovery of Russian-linked hacking on the 2018 elections, Microsoft’s security team found that spoofed domains were used in the 2016 election hacks. Source: digitaltrends.com Share This:

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WhatsApp to bring fake news verification model ahead of 2019 elections in India

“WhatsApp and the Election Commission of India are coming together to tackle the problem of misinformation and fake news ahead of the 2019 General Elections in India” reports firstpost.com. To verify the authenticity of the news or messages, it will use the same model as that was used during the elections in Mexico by WhatsApp.According to a BBC report, this election was flooded by bots, trolls, and fake accounts to sway the electoral vote. Source: firstpost.com Share This:

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Twitter flags 9.9 million posts a week in run-up to fall elections

“Twitter, the president’s favorite form of electronic communication, is flagging 9.9 million accounts a week for suspicious activity as social media firms work to prevent misuse of their platforms before midterm elections in November” writes John Locher for washingtonexaminer.com. “This committee needs to proceed with hearings involving the question of Russian intrusion and stealing of the 2016 election,” said Rep.When none of them were able to answer the question, he accused them of coming to the session solely to buttress the political fortunes of committee Democrats, whom he said Russia…

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Republicans target elections with more deficit-boosting tax cuts

“Asked if he would support making permanent individual tax cuts, Corker said, “No.”” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. In any case, prospects for passage of another round of tax cuts are low, with the fall legislative session already crammed full of other issues.The plan, coming on the heels of deep tax cuts already approved in December, underscores both the Republican Party’s steadfast confidence in tax cuts as a winning political tool and its recent shift away from fiscal policy conservatism.Representative Richard Neal of Massachusetts, the top Democrat on the…

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PHILADELPHIA — The U.S. homeland security secretary said on Saturday there are no signs that Russia is targeting this year’s midterm elections with the same “scale or scope” it targeted the 2016 presidential election.

“But coming amid fresh allegations into Russia’s attempts to sway the 2016 election, the sessions on election security have a higher level of urgency and interest” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Nielsen said her agency will help state and local election officials prepare their systems for cyberattacks from Russia or elsewhere.PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The U.S. homeland security secretary said on Saturday there are no signs that Russia is targeting this year’s midterm elections with the same “scale or scope” it targeted the 2016 presidential election.The election officials talked about technical details of blocking…

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Midterm elections could test GOP’s patience with Trump’s trade war

“House Republicans have so far shown patience as President Trump prosecutes his trade war, but some say that patience could wear thin as the midterm elections approach” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who sponsored the nonbinding Senate language opposing Trump’s trade policy, believes pressure will build when House lawmakers head home to their districts in August.”There’s a lot of patience for this administration when it comes to trade in middle America, and I saw that,” Davis said. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Russian firm used in Maryland election systems…

“The board also said no Maryland election official has used or is using services provided by the vendor referenced in the indictment” writes Brian Witte for yahoo.com. In a statement, Maryland’s elections board said it was not the state election office mentioned in the federal indictment.State officials said ByteGrid hosts the statewide voter registration, candidacy, and election management system; the online voter registration system; online ballot delivery system; and unofficial election night results website. Source: yahoo.com Share This:

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Would Asking People to Hack America’s Election Systems Make Them More Safe?

“One way to supplement much-needed security checks of election systems would be to replicate the security practices of tech-savvy companies” writes Clare Malone for fivethirtyeight.com. There are four months until the midterm elections, and the security of state election systems remains a concern.And while Congress has increased the funds available to states to improve their election systems, many are still jumping through bureaucratic hoops to actually access the money.Until that changes, well-meaning hackers are sure to be more hesitant to come forward with fixes, leaving election systems at the mercy…

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