Report: Ransomware Disables Georgia County Election Database (News18)

News18: Report: Ransomware Disables Georgia County Election Database. “A ransomware attack that hobbled a Georgia county government in early October reportedly disabled a database used to verify voter signatures in the authentication of absentee ballots. It is the first reported case of a ransomware attack affecting an election-related system in the 2020 cycle.”

Voatz of no confidence: MIT boffins eviscerate US election app, claim fiends could exploit flaws to derail democracy (The Register)

The Register: Voatz of no confidence: MIT boffins eviscerate US election app, claim fiends could exploit flaws to derail democracy. “Only a week after the mobile app meltdown in Iowa’s Democratic Caucus, computer scientists at MIT have revealed their analysis of the Voatz app used in West Virginia’s 2018 midterm election. They claim the Android app is vulnerable to attacks that could undermine election integrity in the US state.”

TechCrunch: Watchdog says DHS still hasn’t got a 2020 election security plan

TechCrunch: Watchdog says DHS still hasn’t got a 2020 election security plan. “Homeland Security’s cybersecurity advisory unit ‘has not yet completed’ its plans to secure the 2020 presidential election, a government watchdog has said. The report, published on Thursday by the Government Accountability Office, said the unit, CISA, is ‘not well-positioned to execute a nationwide strategy for securing election infrastructure prior to the start of the 2020 election cycle.'”

Route Fifty: FBI to Alert States About Local Election System Hacks

Route Fifty: FBI to Alert States About Local Election System Hacks. “The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced Thursday it will begin informing state election officials when local election systems are hacked, a policy change intended to improve cybersecurity coordination and address concerns state leaders have raised about transparency.”

CNET: Facebook, Twitter to attend disinformation event at federal elections office

CNET: Facebook, Twitter to attend disinformation event at federal elections office. “Facebook and Twitter plan to attend an event this month at the Federal Election Commission’s office in Washington, DC, about digital disinformation, the companies said Thursday.”

Brian Krebs: The Unsexy Threat to Election Security

Brian Krebs: The Unsexy Threat to Election Security. “Much has been written about the need to further secure our elections, from ensuring the integrity of voting machines to combating fake news. But according to a report quietly issued by a California grand jury this week, more attention needs to be paid to securing social media and email accounts used by election officials at the state and local level.”