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Defending the 2020 election against hacking: 5 questions answered

Defending the 2020 election against hacking: 5 questions answered

Journalist Bob Woodward reports in his new book, “Rage,” that the NSA and CIA have classified evidence that the Russian intelligence services placed malware in the election registration systems of at least two Florida counties in 2016, and that the malware was sophisticated and could erase voters. This appears to confirm earlier reports. Meanwhile, Russian intelligence agents and other foreign players are already at work interfering in the 2020 presidential election. Douglas W. Jones, Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Iowa and coauthor of the book “Broken Ballots: Will Your Vote Count?,” describes the vulnerabilities of the U.S. election system in light of this news. 1. Though Woodward reports there was no evidence the election registration system malware had bee...

A Look at Baldr, a New Type of Malware Circulating in Hacking Forums

Malware developers in underground hacking forums are reportedly pushing a new malware called Baldr. Popular mostly in Russian forums, Baldr received acclamation at the time of inception in January. Like other malware, it steals information through phishing and rapid attacks. However, unlike other malicious software, the new stealer does not spread over networks of infected computers, nor does it embed itself on a compromised system, as is the case for Trojans used for espionage. Baldr is a grab-and-go malware that is not designed to infiltrate networks over lengthy periods. It is designed to steal passwords, sensitive files, browser history and cookies, then it leaves the infected user device. Experts at cybersecurity firm Malwarebytes report that Baldr is likely not going away ...