Facebook says it has shut down 32 pages and accounts that it claims were "engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior" apparently designed to influence U.S. politics. But the social network stopped short of attributing the "bad actors" to Russia.
This edition of the ISMG Security Report features Elvis Chan, a supervisory special agent at the FBI, discussing ongoing efforts to thwart Russian interference in the U.S. midterm election this fall, and Alberto Yepez of ForgePoint Capital addressing cryptocurrency security issues.
Facebook has promised to bring machine learning to bear on the problem of hate speech and information warfare via its platform. But insiders have been urging the company to pursue a major cultural change, including prioritizing not doing anything "creepy" over the quest for short-term gain.
With the topic of election security buzzing, Elvis Chan of the FBI has two primary concerns about the upcoming midterm elections: The cybersecurity of the election systems and protecting people from the influence of foreign adversaries such as Russia.
This edition of the ISMG Security Report includes an analysis by Executive Editor Matthew J. Schwartz on President Donald Trump's changing views on election meddling, plus an update on voter data being accidently exposed by a robocalling company.
President Donald Trump has stated that he believes the Russian government attempted to interfere in U.S. elections. But at times, he appears to have also suggested that the interference may be attributable to other countries instead.
Asked in a press conference if he would denounce Russia for interfering in U.S. elections, President Trump responded with a conspiracy theory about a missing DNC server. Some security experts say Trump's response was nonsense and flies in the face of good digital forensics and incident response practice.
The U.S. Justice Department's indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers for attempting to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election reveals new details about attackers' tactics - and failures - including using cryptocurrencies in an attempt to hide their tracks.
Twelve Russian intelligence officers have been indicted, as a result of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation, for allegedly conspiring to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, including by hacking the Democratic National Committee.
In the wake of news that 12 additional Russians have been indicted for conspiring to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, a key question emerges: What will President Trump say when he meets Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin? Carbon Black's Tom Kellermann offers analysis.
Aaron Sherman, who recently made the transition from serving as an FBI agent investigating cybercrime and nation-state threats to working at Braintrace on ways to improve detection and response efforts, shares insights on the career change.
Much more must be done to shore up the U.K.'s national infrastructure. "It's partly austerity, and it's partly what's happening in the global economy, but we've really seen an underinvestment, specifically in the critical national infrastructure," says LogRhythm's Ross Brewer.
Security experts warn that hackers could one day make use of machine learning and AI to make their attacks more effective. Thankfully, says Cybereason's Ross Rustici, that doesn't appear to have happened yet, although network-penetration attacks are getting more automated than ever.
Facebook has responded to more than 2,000 questions posed by U.S. Senate and House committees with 747 pages of answers, which reveal that Facebook was still been providing special access to user data to dozens of companies, six months after it says it had stopped doing so in 2015.