WiFi for Voting Machines? Why Not, Says US Election Agency

The U.S. agency overseeing elections has “quietly weakened a key element of proposed security standards…” reports the Associated Press, “raising concern among voting-integrity experts that many such systems will remain vulnerable to hacking. “The Election Assistance Commission (EAC) is poised to approve its first new security standards in 15 years after an arduous process involving… Continue reading WiFi for Voting Machines? Why Not, Says US Election Agency

Google Hands Feds 1,500 Phone Locations In Unprecedented Geofence Search

According to Forbes, Google has sent 1,494 device identifiers to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to help them investigate arsons carried out across Milwaukee, Wisconsin, throughout 2018 and 2019. “The requests, outlined in two search warrants obtained by Forbes, demanded to know which specific Google customers were located in areas covering 29,387 square… Continue reading Google Hands Feds 1,500 Phone Locations In Unprecedented Geofence Search

Russian Police Raid NGINX Moscow Office

Today, Russian police have raided the Moscow offices of NGINX, Inc., a subsidiary of F5 Networks and the company behind the internet’s most popular web server technology. From a report: Equipment was seized and employees were detained for questioning. Moscow police executed the raid after last week the Rambler Group filed a copyright violation against NGINX… Continue reading Russian Police Raid NGINX Moscow Office

Vulnerability In Fully Patched Android Phones Under Active Attack By Bank Thieves

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A vulnerability in millions of fully patched Android phones is being actively exploited by malware that’s designed to drain the bank accounts of infected users, researchers said on Monday. The vulnerability allows malicious apps to masquerade as legitimate apps that targets have already installed and come to… Continue reading Vulnerability In Fully Patched Android Phones Under Active Attack By Bank Thieves

It’s Way Too Easy To Get a .gov Domain Name

Brian Krebs: Many readers probably believe they can trust links and emails coming from U.S. federal government domain names, or else assume there are at least more stringent verification requirements involved in obtaining a .gov domain versus a commercial one ending in .com or .org. But a recent experience suggests this trust may be severely… Continue reading It’s Way Too Easy To Get a .gov Domain Name

Democrats Propose Sweeping Online Privacy Laws

mspohr quotes a report from The Guardian: Top Democrats on Tuesday proposed tough new privacy laws to rein in the U.S.’s tech companies after a series of scandals that have shaken confidence in the companies and exposed the personal data of millions of consumers. The effort, led by Senator Maria Cantwell, the top Democrat on the Senate commerce,… Continue reading Democrats Propose Sweeping Online Privacy Laws