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election 2020

Feds blame Russia, Iran for election misinformation and threatening emails

By christopher wray, dhs, dni, election 2020, election security, email spoofing, engadget, FBI, gear, Iran, john ratcliffe, News, russia

At a press conference on Wednesday evening, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe told reporters that two foreign actors, Iran and Russia, have been identified as taking actions to interfere in the US elections. Ratcliffe claimed th…

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Facebook turned down 2.2 million ads meant to interfere with US voting

By 2020 elections, ads, advertising, election, election 2020, engadget, facebook, gear, Internet, News, nick clegg, politics, social media, Social network, social networking

Facebook really, really wants you to know it’s cracking down on attempts to interfere with voting in the 2020 US election. Global affairs VP Nick Clegg told Le Journal du Dimanche in an interview (via The Guardian and AFP) that Facebook had re…

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Chinese hackers impersonated McAfee to attack election campaign staffers

By antivirus, apt31, China, DDOS, election, election 2020, engadget, gear, hacks, Internet, malware, mcafee, News, north korea, Phishing, Security, youtube

Google warned in June that state-sponsored hackers were targeting 2020 US election campaigns, and now it’s outlining some of the methods those perpetrators used. APT31, a group linked to China, impersonated McAfee (the antivirus software, not …

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Microsoft helped disrupt the infamous Trickbot botnet

By black lotus labs, botnet, cyber command, election, election 2020, Elections, engadget, eset, fs-isac, gear, Internet, lumen, malware, Microsoft, News, ransomware, russia, ryuk, Security, symantec, trickbot

It’s not just the US government racing to disrupt the Trickbot botnet ahead of elections. Microsoft has revealed that it and multiple partners (including ESET, Lumen’s Black Lotus Labs, NTT, Symantec and FS-ISAC) have taken steps to disrupt Tr…

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Facebook plans to clarify when pro-Bloomberg posts come from staffers

By ads, bloomberg, campaign, election 2020, engadget, facebook, gear, Internet, mike bloomberg, PAID, political, politics, Posts, social media, staff, transparency

Thanks to Mike Bloomberg, Facebook wants to make it more obvious when paid campaign staffers share posts promoting candidates, CNBC reports. This is a direct response to Bloomberg paying organizers to post on social media, but it could apply t…

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Recommended Reading: The lasting effect of the Iowa Caucuses

By 2020 election, editorial, election 2020, engadget, entertainment, film, gear, Internet, iowa, iowa caucuses, marvel, marvel cinematic universe, mcu, movies, music, Music Streaming, podcasts, recommended reading, recommendedreading, recreading, spotify, the ringer

Iowa might have screwed up the whole nomination process
Nate Silver,
FiveThirtyEight

By now you probably know the story. The Iowa Democratic Party decided to use an app to report results from its caucuses this week. These events were the fi…

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Beto O’Rourke wants to hold internet companies liable for hate speech

By 8chan, beto o'rourke, communications decency act, el paso, election 2020, engadget, free speech, gear, hate, hate speech, Internet, politics, president, safe harbor

If some politicians have their way, internet companies might be held responsible for hate that exists on their platform. Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke has proposed amending the Communication Decency Act’s Section 230, which protects internet…

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Kamala Harris sees Facebook as a ‘utility’ that might need breaking up

By election, election 2020, election2020, Elections, engadget, facebook, gear, Internet, kamala harris, politics, Regulation, Social network, social networking

Senator Elizabeth Warren isn’t the only major presidential candidate eyeing the possibility of breaking up Facebook. Fellow Senator Kamala Harris stated in a CNN interview that she believed the US should “seriously take a look” at splitting the soci…

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