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Super Tuesday security super quiet. EU's Rapid Alert System fights coronavirus misinformation. US offers Ukraine cyber aid.
Voting in yesterday’s Super Tuesday US presidential primaries was uneventful, from a security point of view. Any problems voters encountered, and problems were by no means endemic, were the result of ordinary friction, and not the effects of foreign interference, the Voice of America reports. And as NBC News observes, also largely absent was evidence of serious disinformation. CISA told Nextgov that they’d seen “no malicious activity” during the voting.
Not all, of course, went smoothly. The Washington Post has a summary of technical glitches, many associated with new technology, that voters found frustrating at the polls. And some of the rumor control gatekeepers seem to have picked up a case of the yips. Twitter, for example, briefly suspended Status Coup’s Jordan Chariton’s account when the progressive journalist retweeted former Vice President Biden’s slip of the tongue urging voters to turn out for “Super Thursday” (sic). The House-for-now of Dorsey sternly admonished Mr. Chariton that “You may not post content providing false information about voting or registering to vote.”
The Cyberspace Solarium, the US blue-ribbon cyber policy commission, previewed its recommendations yesterday. The commissioners promised, the Hill says, seventy-five specific recommendations for cyber strategy when they report later this month.
The European Union has used its Rapid Alert System, an approach to controlling disinformation by information-sharing and coordinated messaging, to respond to widely distributed fake news about COVID-19, Euractiv reports.
The US State Department has allocated $8 million in cybersecurity assistance to the government of Ukraine, according to the Hill.
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So, citizens, what are we to make of election security?
"I think what you - what everyone should know is that all of us within the government, whether it be the U.S. government, state, county, local, we are all doing our best. We need the American electorate to be as informed as possible. Right? And so I know that we live in an age, you know, of social media where we get to live in our bubbles. But I would ask all Americans, like, let's - let's all get out of our bubbles. Let's, you know, look at different viewpoints. Let's try to be informed with - I mean, I don't want to use air quotes but, like, trusted news sources. There are different news sources. And I think Americans are smart enough to be able to look at different news sources and then decide for themselves at the end the day. Listen to all of the different candidates who are talking. And they - they should vote with, you know, being informed on all of that information. Really, what I'm asking for is, the American public, like, go do your research. And then after that, you make the decision that you want to make on Election Day."
Sure, this may strike you as a civics lesson, but there was wisdom enough in civics class.
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In today's CyberWire Daily Podcast, out later this afternoon, we speak with our partners at the Johns Hopkins University's Information Security Institute, as Joe Carrigan discusses the FBI's successful investigation of Romanian criminals. Our guest is Chris Kubic from Fidelis Cybersecurity with lessons learned from securing the country’s biggest and deepest secrets.
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