Washington Post: Newly revealed USPS documents show an agency struggling to manage Trump, Amazon and the pandemic. “The wide-ranging headaches that so troubled the USPS in April ultimately foreshadowed a summer of upheaval, thrusting the once-venerated agency into a political maelstrom months before a presidential election. Newly disclosed details of these struggles are laid bare in nearly 10,000 pages of emails, legal memos, presentations and other documents obtained by The Washington Post from American Oversight, a watchdog group that requested them under the Freedom of Information Act.”
ProPublica: Poorly Protected Postal Workers Are Catching COVID-19 by the Thousands. It’s One More Threat to Voting by Mail.. “More than 50,000 workers have taken time off for virus-related reasons, slowing mail delivery. The Postal Service doesn’t test employees or check their temperatures, and its contact tracing is erratic.”
The Mail: Introducing The Mail, a Newsletter and Zine About the USPS. “A lot of people have been talking about the United States Postal Service lately, including us. It is a key link in a safe and fair election this November. It delivers bills, medication, packages, and other vital mail during a time when we need affordable, reliable delivery more than ever. It is also in a financial crisis, has a new boss who is changing all the rules, and its future is in jeopardy. The United States Postal Service is both critical infrastructure for a functioning democracy and society, and a potential election attack vector. That’s why Motherboard is launching The Mail, a weekly pop-up newsletter about the United States Postal Service, written by me, Aaron Gordon, senior staff writer at Motherboard, that will run from now until the end of November on Substack. Every week through the election, I will bring you a new story about the USPS that will give you the context you need to understand the news deluge about this agency.”
South Florida Sun Sentinel: Postal Service tweaking mail notification program that identity thieves hacked. “While police search for a gang of identity thieves that has been plundering mailboxes in Miramar, the U.S. Postal Service is tweaking a new program that the thieves took advantage of. The Informed Delivery program lets consumers know, via email and online, what mail is being delivered to their home and when.”
Krebs on Security: USPS Site Exposed Data on 60 Million Users. “U.S. Postal Service just fixed a security weakness that allowed anyone who has an account at usps.com to view account details for some 60 million other users, and in some cases to modify account details on their behalf.” And *how* long was that security hole open again?