Illinois wasn’t the only hacked state elections board

From: CapitolFax.com

* We talked about the Illinois hack last month, but Michael Isikoff has more

The FBI has uncovered evidence that foreign hackers penetrated two state election databases in recent weeks, prompting the bureau to warn election officials across the country to take new steps to enhance the security of their computer systems, according to federal and state law enforcement officials.

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An existing solution to the government’s cyber problems

From: FederalNewsRadio.com | 1500 AM

By Jason Miller

The cyber situation “is not getting demonstrably better over time and will have a debilitating long-term effect on both the economic and national security interests of the United States.”

Ron Ross, NIST

“Every (indeed every) technical approach to the cybersecurity crisis, to date, has come up short due to the failure to understand” the concept of security must be baked in, not bolted on.

Bob Bigman, former CIA CISO


Stunning and depressing words from two cybersecurity leaders in the federal community, both of whom presented Aug. 23 to the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity.

NHMC Joins Public Knowledge and Consumer Groups in Bringing Attention to the FCC the Danger of DSRC

From: National Hispanic Media Coalition

On August 24th, Public Knowledge joined six consumer groups to file comments to the Federal Communications Commission regarding the danger and safety concern over Dedicated Short-Range Communication (DSRC) that the automobile industry will utilize into their vehicles starting next month.

The issue with DSRC in vehicles is that it puts consumer safety and privacy in danger. Consumers may also be more vulnerable to cyberattacks.

In a letter sent to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, the privacy policy of DSRC is compared to an application, like Facebook, and that increases the chances of hacking and cyberattacks.

Experts: Org chart and budget, not technology, is key to federal cybersecurity

From: FedScoop

Boring work in the back offices is what’s needed — not another shiny new piece of security technology.

By Shaun Waterman

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“Structurally, from a budgeting perspective, we’re not set up for for success [in federal cyber security],” said Thomas McDermott, the acting deputy assistant secretary for cybersecurity policy at the Department of Homeland Security.

“The way the federal budgeting process works, with one-year money, it makes it much harder to spend [on] long-term upgrading infrastructure, as opposed to continuing to patch old and frankly often indefensible IT systems,” he said.

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Getting Internet Privacy Right

Editor’s Note: This is not the only FCC proposal which threatens to harm consumer privacy and electronic security, see here.

From: Morning Consult

Shane Tews 

Steve Jobs once observed “there are unintended consequences to everything” – a statement that definitely applies to the internet, which Jobs himself helped usher in. It’s the most powerful and far reaching communication technology ever invented, but it also demands that consumers and companies be vigilant in protecting online privacy. And here’s where the Federal Communications Commission seems determined to upend the country’s few pro-consumer success stories and endanger an entire ecosystem of protections, protocols and policies that will in turn further destabilize America’s leadership position with the rest of the world.