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Facebook says it gave ‘identical support’ to Trump and Clinton campaigns – TechCrunch

Facebook says it gave ‘identical support’ to Trump and Clinton campaigns – TechCrunch Facebook’s hundreds of pages of follow-ups to Senators make for decidedly uninteresting reading. Give lawyers a couple months and they will always find a way to respond non-substantively to the most penetrating questions. One section may at …

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Synack is the latest cybersecurity company to offer state elections its services for free – TechCrunch

Synack is the latest cybersecurity company to offer state elections its services for free – TechCrunch The cybersecurity firm Synack will offer its penetration testing services to states for free in an effort to secure election systems for the 2018 midterms. Synack, founded by two former NSA analysts, is best …

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What we can learn from the 3,500 Russian Facebook ads meant to stir up U.S. politics – TechCrunch

What we can learn from the 3,500 Russian Facebook ads meant to stir up U.S. politics – TechCrunch On Thursday, Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee released a massive new trove of Russian government-funded Facebook political ads targeted at American voters. While we’d seen a cross section of the ads …

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Centrify gives states a deal on identity management software to secure midterm elections – TechCrunch

Centrify gives states a deal on identity management software to secure midterm elections – TechCrunch To secure U.S. election systems from the very real threat of targeted cyberattacks, states might need to reframe their security practices to look more like they would in a tightly-controlled corporate environment. To that end, …

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To protect election systems from hacking, states are getting cozier with Homeland Security – TechCrunch

It might be a snow day in Washington, but the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on election system security continued as planned. During Wednesday’s hearing, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and her predecessor Jeh Johnson appeared with a panel of state election officials to hash out the recommendations issued by the …

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Zuck and Sandberg go M.I.A. as Congress summons Facebook leadership by name – TechCrunch

The bad thing about making your face synonymous with with the company you run: When you go M.I.A., everyone tends to notice. The callout posts began over the weekend. Normal Facebook users don’t always track the tech press outrage cycle, but a flurry of reporting on Facebook’s mishandling of the …

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Senate Intel Committee gives Homeland Security its election security wish list – TechCrunch

In a press conference today, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence presented its urgent recommendations for protecting election systems as the U.S. moves toward midterm elections later this year. “Currently we have an election upon us, and the past tells us that the future will probably hold another set of …

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Facebook’s latest privacy debacle stirs up more regulatory interest from lawmakers – TechCrunch

Facebook’s late Friday disclosure that a data analytics company with ties to the Trump campaign improperly obtained — and then failed to destroy — the private data of 50 million users is generating more unwanted attention from politicians, some of whom were already beating the drums of regulation in the …

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Special counsel Robert Mueller indicts Russian bot farms for election meddling

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has just handed down a set of indictments, charging 13 Russian citizens and three Russian organizations with interference in the U.S. presidential election in efforts dating back to 2014. The indictment names the Internet Research Agency, a bot farm and disinformation operation based out of St. …

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Facebook and Twitter face a short deadline on Russian bot #ReleaseTheMemo reports for Congress

Two leading Democrats in Congress are calling for new disclosures from Facebook and Twitter about Russian disinformation campaigns on their platforms. In a letter, Rep. Adam Schiff and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, minority leads on the House Intel and Senate Judiciary committees respectively, called for the two tech companies to release …

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