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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YouTube is sharing more ‘authoritative’ election info with voters

By 2020 election, authoritative information, bipartisan policy center, election, engadget, gear, mail-in voting, misinformation, News, vote by mail, voting, youtube

YouTube already has a few election protection measures in place, like removing videos that encourage election meddling and banning claims that could mislead voters. Today, YouTube announced that it’s paying special attention to mail-in voting …

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Recommended Reading: Microsoft’s Panos Panay on the Surface Duo

By california, cameras, cyberattack, election, Elections, engadget, gear, Microsoft, misinformation, News, panos panay, photography, politics, presidential election, ransomware, recommended reading, recreading, smartphone cameras, surface duo, US, wildfires

Exclusive Q&A: Panos Panay on how the Surface Duo transforms Microsoft againRaymond Wong, InputYou’ve likely read our review by now, but Input caught up with Microsoft’s chief product officer to discuss the company’s new folding device…

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Pinterest users won’t see ads when they search for election-related content

By election, engadget, gear, Internet, misinformation, News, pins, Pinterest, pinterest today, political ads, social media

Ahead of November 3rd, Pinterest is implementing new policies to limit the amount and spread of misleading information related to the upcoming US presidential election. To start, when you search for topics like how to vote in two months times, you’ll…

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Many of Georgia’s new voting machines aren’t working on primary day

By 2020 election, 2020election, atlanta, election, election security, electionsecurity, engadget, gear, georgia, News, politics, primary, voting machines, votingmachines

It’s primary day in five states and while things seem to be going relatively smoothly in Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina and West Virginia, voters and election workers in Georgia are reporting problems with new voting machines. Workers at some p…

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Elizabeth Warren campaign open sources its organizing tools

By campaign, election, election2020, Elections, elizabeth warren, engadget, gear, Internet, Mobile, open source, personal computing, personalcomputing, politics, Software

The impact of Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign might be felt well after it ended. The Warren for President team is open-sourcing some of its key get-out-the-vote projects to help other politicians and cause supporters with their own efforts….

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HBO’s ‘Kill Chain’ doc highlights the flaws in US election machines

By 2016 election, 2016election, 2020 election, 2020election, election, election interference, election security, electioninterference, electionsecurity, engadget, gear, harri hursti, harrihursti, politics, voting machines, votingmachines

While COVID-19 might be putting just about everything else on hold, we’re still marching towards a presidential election later this year. After the high-profile interference of 2016, election security and foreign meddling are still critical issues, b…

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Facebook labels manipulated video of Biden ‘endorsing’ Trump as ‘partly false’

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Twitter isn’t the only one flagging a manipulated Trump video to warn users. Facebook has labeled a video of presidential hopeful Joe Biden appearing to endorse Trump as “partly false information,” citing independent fact-checking from Lead Stories….

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The Iowa app debacle is a bad omen for modernizing our elections

By acronym, caucus, editorial, election, election2020, engadget, Internet, iowa, iowa caucus, iowa democratic party, Mobile, politics, primary, shadow, shadow inc, tomorrow, video

The American electoral system is a weird arcane thing. And primary politics even more so. Honestly, I could spend the next 2,000 words trying to explain the caucus process and, chances are, I’d still only be scratching the surface. So, I’ve got…

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Google offers free Titan security keys to help secure political campaigns

By brianna wu, campaign, ddc, defending digital campaigns, election, engadget, gear, google, hackers, politics, Security, Security Keys, titan, tomorrow, yubikey

While Facebook stands firm on its decision not to ban false political ads, Google is moving in the other direction. After banning political ad targeting last year, the company has announced new plans to help tighten security within campaigns. …

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Senate: Obama Admin. wasn’t prepared to handle Russian interference

By 2016 election, election, election interference, engadget, gear, interference, mark warner, obama, obama administration, politics, report, richard burr, russia, Security, select committee on intelligence, senate

Today, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released a report (PDF) detailing the Obama administration’s response to Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election. The report says the Obama administration was not well-prepared to handle the unprecede…

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Apple News will co-host a presidential debate for the first time in February

By 2020 election, apple, Apple News, debate, democrats, dnc, election, election2020, Elections, engadget, entertainment, gear, Internet, Mobile, politics

Apple isn’t just offering in-depth election news — for 2020, it’ll have a degree of participation in the process. Apple News will co-host its first political debate on February 7th, when it partners with ABC and WMUR-TV for the eighth Democratic deb…

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Bernie Sanders proposes $150 billion for public broadband improvements

By 2020 election, bernie sanders, broadband, digital divide, election, election2020, engadget, fcc, gear, Internet, lifeline, net neutrality, policy, politics, Regulation, rural broadband, rural internet, verizon

Bernie Sanders has unveiled his plan for US broadband if he wins the 2020 presidential election, and it won’t surprise you to hear that his strategy would focus on making high-speed internet as widely accessible as possible. He intends to earmark $15…

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WhatsApp banned over 400,000 accounts during Brazil’s election

By brazil, chat, election, engadget, facebook, fake news, gear, Internet, jair bolsonaro, Messaging, misinformation, Mobile, politics, Whatsapp

There’s little doubt that Facebook had to deal with a ton of fake news during Brazil’s 2018 election, but now it’s clearer just how much was on its plate. A document submitted to an investigation of misinformation during the presidential election ha…

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Iowa asked researchers to break into a courthouse, then it arrested them

By arrested, coalfire, courthouse, criminal charges, cybersecurity, dallas courthouse, election, engadget, gear, government, iowa, penetration testing, politics, Security, security researcher, vulnerabilities

Ransomware attacks have cost cities like Atlanta and Baltimore millions of dollars and made it clear that state and municipal governments need to protect themselves against cyberthreats. With that in mind, the state of Iowa hired cybersecurity…

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Facebook’s 2020 election ‘protections’ still allow for lying politicians

By 0, 2020 election, ad library, Business, cybersecurity, election, engadget, facebook, facebook protect, Internet, misinformation, Pages, policy, politics, rules, Security, tomorrow, transparency

Today, Facebook outlined new measures to stop abuse and interference in the 2020 election. They include safeguards meant to make Facebook more secure and transparent, but they make one glaring omission. The new policies don’t change Facebook’s rules…

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Researchers easily breached voting machines for the 2020 election

By 2020 election, cybersecurity, election, election security, encryption, engadget, gear, hack, hackers, machines, mitch mcconnell, Passwords, politics, polls, Security, tomorrow, US, voting machines

The voting machines that the US will use in the 2020 election are still vulnerable to hacks. A group of ethical hackers tested a bunch of those voting machines and election systems (most of which they bought on eBay). They were able to crack i…

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You’ll be able to contribute to 2020 presidential campaigns via Alexa

By 2020 election, 2020election, alexa, Amazon, amazon alexa, amazonalexa, campaign contributions, campaigncontributions, election, engadget, gear, politics, presidential election, presidentialelection, voice assistant, voiceassistant

With debates underway and just a few months until the first primaries, 2020 presidential election campaigns are in full swing, and you’ll soon have another way to donate to your favorite candidate. Campaigns can sign up to receive contributions via A…

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US officials brace for ransomware attacks against election systems

By cisa, cyberattack, election, election2020, Elections, engadget, gear, Homeland Security, Internet, politics, ransomware, russia, Security

It’s no secret that many American officials are worried about hacks targeting the 2020 election, but there’s one fear this time around that wasn’t present in 2016: ransomware. Reuters has learned that Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity Infrastructure…

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The EU’s election interference alert system isn’t working properly

By election, election interference, Elections, engadget, eu, Europe, european union, facebook, gear, Internet, politics, rapid alert system, russia, Twitter

The European Union was quick to report online interference in its recent elections, but the system designed to catch that interference apparently needs some improvement. The New York Times has learned through records and interviews that the EU’s Rap…

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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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Facebook opens ‘war room’ to fight meddling in EU election

By dublin, election, engadget, eu, Europe, european union, facebook, fake news, gear, instagram, Internet, misinformation, politics, Social network, social networking

Facebook is now using "war room" to fight election interference for most of Europe. The social network has debuted a 40-person team devoted to tracking and fighting misinformation campaigns ahead of the European Union election on M…

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