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Leaked NSA doc highlights deep flaws in U.S. election system

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A leaked intelligence document outlining alleged attempts by Russian military intelligence to hack into U.S. election systems is the latest evidence suggesting a broad and sophisticated foreign attack on the integrity of the nation’s elections. And it underscores the contention of security experts and computer scientists that the highly decentralized, often ramshackle U.S. election system remains profoundly vulnerable to trickery or sabotage. The document, purportedly produced by the U.S. National Security Agency, does not indicate whether actual vote-tampering occurred. But…

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Blake Dowling: The Russian (hackers) are coming

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We hear about the Russian mob and Russian hackers all the time, especially in politics and technology. The Russian mob is all over the dark web selling ransomware toolkits and fake credit cards. The Russians created ransomware, a threat that continues to wreak havoc all over the world in various forms. We can’t all be comedian Bert Kreischer and be friends with the Russian mob. Nice work, Machine. See the Showtime special about Bert in Russia if you dare. I…

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Blake Dowling: Consumers can avoid feeling the ‘email Bern’ by hackers

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz got to “Feel the Bern” in the form of a hostile crowd of Florida delegates at the Democratic National Committee. Why were these Bern Victims so fired up? The email scandal of course, which led to Schultz’s resignation. The pro-Clinton digital documentation that was revealed in this breach and scandal is a mess. There are several old school rules of thumb that my grandparent’s used to use which were “make sure to get it in writing” and…

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Twitter #PAC to blaze transparency trail in 2016, offer full disclosure on donations

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Federal law permits a significant lag time for political action committees in reporting specific candidate donations, often with waits as long as weeks or even months to say exactly who they gave cash. According to reporting by the Center for Public Integrity, Twitter’s emerging PAC, which is just beginning to make federal contributions, wants to cut disclosure time down to about 48 hours. That speed mirrors the immediacy of Twitter’s core product. “Timely disclosure is something we could do. We…

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Rand Paul hails NSA ruling as Marco Rubio argues for re-authorizing data collection

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While presidential candidates Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders were hailing the federal court ruling on Thursday that the National Security Agency‘s bulk collection of phone records isn’t authorized by the Patriot Act, Marco Rubio was on the floor of the Senate arguing for the controversial program to be reauthorized. “Here’s the truth: If this program had existed before 9/11, it is quite possible that we would have known that the 9/11 hijacker Khalid al-Mihdhar was living in San Diego and was making…

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