Congressional Committees: Election Infrastructure Security

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https://www.eac.gov/news/2019/02/15/eac ... c-comment/
EAC COMMISSIONERS UNANIMOUSLY VOTE TO PUBLISH VVSG 2.0 PRINCIPLES AND GUIDELINES FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, February 15, 2019

Vote marks first order of business since full slate of Commissioners restored
Silver Spring, Md. – Today, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s (EAC) four sitting Commissioners unanimously voted to publish the proposed Voluntary Voting System Guidelines 2.0 (VVSG) Principles and Guidelines in the Federal Register for a 90 day public comment period, after which comments and feedback on the proposed document will be compiled and presented to the Commissioners for discussion and consideration.

According to today’s vote, the proposed VVSG 2.0 Principles and Guidelines will be published in the Federal Register in accordance with sections 222(a)(1) and 222(d) of the Help America Vote Act of 2002. They will appear in the Federal Register for a period of 90 days. Separately, upon the completion of the VVSG 2.0’s accompanying Requirements developed by NIST and the EAC, those accompanying Requirements will also be subject to public review and comment, including distribution to the EAC’s Technical Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC), Standards Board and Board of Advisors. This review and comment period will take place prior to consideration and implementation by the Commission.

VVSG are a set of Principles, Guidelines and Requirements against which voting systems can be tested to determine if the systems meet required standards. Some factors examined under these tests include functionality, accessibility, accuracy, auditability and security capabilities. The Help America Vote Act of 2002 mandates that EAC develop and maintain these requirements as well as testing and certifying voting systems. On December 13, 2005, the EAC unanimously adopted the 2005 VVSG, which significantly increased security requirements for voting systems and expanded access, including opportunities for individuals with disabilities to vote privately and independently. The 2005 guidelines updated and augmented the 2002 Voting System Standards, as required by HAVA, to address advancements in election practices and computer technologies. These guidelines were again updated by the EAC’s Commissioners on March 31, 2015. These guidelines are voluntary. States may decide to adopt them entirely or in part prior to the effective date.

The structure of the new VVSG reflects modifications proposed by the election community, EAC, NIST and the TGDC, which is comprised of election officials, voting system manufacturers, disability experts, cyber security experts, technology experts, and other key election stakeholders. The new guidelines are a high level set of principles that will be supplemented by accompanying documents that detail specific requirements for how systems can meet the new guidelines and obtain certification. The supplemental documents will also detail assertions for how the accredited test laboratories will validate that a system complies with those requirements.
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Re: Congressional Committees: Election Infrastructure Security

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Post by Addie » Sat May 11, 2019 10:44 am

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FBI to brief House members on alleged Russian hacking of Florida county

(CNN) The FBI will brief Florida members of Congress next week about the claim that a Florida county was hacked by Russian intelligence in 2016, two sources familiar with the plan told CNN.

Previous reporting and government announcements have established that the GRU, Russian military intelligence, created an email phishing campaign aimed at Florida county election employees in the summer preceding the 2016 presidential election. But it wasn't until special counsel Robert Mueller's report was published that the public learned the FBI had investigated a particular county for actually being hacked.

"[T]he FBI believes that this operation enabled the GRU to gain access to the network of at least one Florida county government," the report claims.

The briefing will take place on May 16. The news was first reported by Politico.

During Russia's multi-pronged election interference campaign of 2016 the GRU targeted VR Systems, an electronic pollbook manufacturer that a number of Florida counties use to maintain their voter registration databases. The GRU hackers then sent out phishing emails from Gmail accounts with VR Systems in its name, and with a malicious file attached to more than 120 county election officials.

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Post by Addie » Fri May 17, 2019 12:05 pm

McClatchy
‘I don’t know who the hell they think they are’: Lawmakers livid with FBI on Florida hack

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None of Florida’s federal elected officials are able to disclose which two counties had their election systems penetrated by a 2016 Russian spear-phishing attack, and are livid that the FBI is withholding information when Florida voters are the victims.

Over the past day, Sen. Rick Scott and Florida’s 27 House members received classified briefings from the FBI. The FBI did not allow lawmakers to say which two Florida counties were breached, and were unable to provide lawmakers with the names of other Florida counties that were victims of attempted but unsuccessful breaches, even in a classified setting.

“I find that more than two years after the 2016 election, the public still doesn’t know the names of these counties and what the government is doing to prevent it from happening again,” said Central Florida Democratic Rep. Stephanie Murphy. “I think that is unacceptable. I believe that this lack of transparency is counterproductive. I’m concerned that it could erode public confidence in our election systems as well as our democracy.”

Scott, who blasted former Sen. Bill Nelson for his statement that Russians had “free rein to move about” in Florida’s election systems during their 2018 race against each other, said he tried to get the FBI to publicly disclose the two counties.

“You can’t violate the United States’ national security,” Scott said in an interview with the Miami Herald. “They believe this is ongoing, they’re focused on this to make sure they keep our elections safe.”

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Post by Addie » Fri May 17, 2019 12:09 pm

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Russian government hackers targeted small county in Florida panhandle in 2016

The voter registration database of a small county in the Florida panhandle was breached by Russian government hackers in 2016, according to two U.S. officials.

The Russian military spy agency, the GRU, was responsible for the penetration of Washington County’s database, according to the two officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive matter. The county has a population of about 25,000.

Carol F. Rudd, county elections supervisor, declined to comment on the breach but said it’s important for federal, state and local officials to be able to communicate confidentially. “If each agency gets suspicious of the other’s ability to follow the rules of confidentiality, then those tenuous lines of communication quickly break down,” she said in an email. “That would set our security capabilities back years and severely compromise our ability to protect our elections. THAT would be a big win for the Russians going into 2020.”

Then-Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner said he was “prohibited by law from commenting.” But “the citizens deserve and have a right to know important things with regard to their election security. Over time, it’ll come out.”

Congressional members from Florida are promising legislation to change the rules about breach notification related to election infrastructure after the FBI confirmed that voter databases in two Florida counties were hacked during the 2016 election and told lawmakers the information was classified. It is unclear which other Florida county was targeted.

The bipartisan effort is an attempt to force federal law enforcement agencies to disclose more information about cyberattacks as they occur.

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Post by RTH10260 » Fri May 17, 2019 1:24 pm

Addie wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 12:05 pm
McClatchy
‘I don’t know who the hell they think they are’: Lawmakers livid with FBI on Florida hack

WASHINGTON

None of Florida’s federal elected officials are able to disclose which two counties had their election systems penetrated by a 2016 Russian spear-phishing attack, and are livid that the FBI is withholding information when Florida voters are the victims.

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Comment: I think the FBI has a clue that other penetration efforts have happened, possibly by several groups, possibly not connected, and by telling which group succeeded they give away information over their observation methods. An absolutly transparent government where the bad guys can see into it is not the best of all solutions, some secrecy needs to be observed.

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Post by Slim Cognito » Fri May 17, 2019 4:41 pm

RTH10260 wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 1:24 pm
Addie wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 12:05 pm
McClatchy
‘I don’t know who the hell they think they are’: Lawmakers livid with FBI on Florida hack

WASHINGTON

None of Florida’s federal elected officials are able to disclose which two counties had their election systems penetrated by a 2016 Russian spear-phishing attack, and are livid that the FBI is withholding information when Florida voters are the victims.

:snippity:
Comment: I think the FBI has a clue that other penetration efforts have happened, possibly by several groups, possibly not connected, and by telling which group succeeded they give away information over their observation methods. An absolutly transparent government where the bad guys can see into it is not the best of all solutions, some secrecy needs to be observed.
As a Florida resident wearing her tinfoil hat - Now they say it was a dark red county in the Panhandle. Are they disclosing that because that was a county that, even if hacked by Russia, it didn't affect the outcome because it was going to go for trump anyhoo? I don't see any reason for Russia to hack a county like that if they were helping trump.

You might be able to convince me it was a test by Russia to see if/how they could get in, but I find it hard to believe they didn't mess things up a bit while in there, like removing a few dem voters just to see if anyone noticed.

Cuz the day it comes out that several counties were hacked and a lot of people in those counties say they were registered but were turned away on election day, (and I believe that day will come) all hell breaks loose over trump's legitimacy.
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Post by Addie » Thu May 30, 2019 10:00 am

Mother Jones May 16 - Pema Levy
The Senate Will Not Vote on Any Election Security Bills, GOP Senator Says Mitch McConnell is to blame.

The Senate will not vote on any legislation to protect US elections from foreign interference, a Republican committee chair said, despite the consensus of the intelligence community that Russia will once again seek to hack election systems and manipulate American voters in 2020.

The reason, said Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) on Wednesday, is that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has decided not to bring any election security bills to the floor for a vote. Blunt’s remark occurred during a hearing of the Rules and Administration Committee, which has oversight of election administration. When Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) asked Blunt, the chairman, whether he was planning mark-ups of any of the several election security bills pending before the committee, Blunt responded that it would be fruitless to advance legislation that McConnell would not allow to come up for a vote.

“I don’t see any likelihood that those bills would get to the floor if we marked them up,” Blunt said. After prodding from Durbin, Blunt explained, “I think the majority leader just is of the view that this debate reaches no conclusion.”

Blunt also acknowledged that it was McConnell who stopped the Rules Committee last year from advancing the Secure Elections Act, a bipartisan bill to protect elections from interference. The committee was poised to mark up that bill last August when the hearing was mysteriously canceled the same morning that it was set to begin.

The decision by Republicans not to consider election security bills is frustrating to Democrats who have been cranking out bills to stop foreign interference and increase security ahead of the 2020 elections. In addition to the Secure Elections Act, the Rules Committee has failed to take up the Protecting the Right to Independent and Democratic Elections (PRIDE) Act, the Protecting American Votes and Elections (PAVE) Act, and the bipartisan Honest Ads Act, which would give online political ads the same disclosure requirements as political ads on television and other media. All three bills were introduced last year and reintroduced this year after no action was taken in the previous Congress.

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Post by Addie » Sun Jun 02, 2019 12:31 pm

The Hill
Warner: 'Height of irresponsibility' that Congress hasn't improved election security

Sen. Mark Warner (Va.), the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said on Sunday that Congress’s failure to improve election security ahead of 2020 is the “height of irresponsibility.”

“America was attacked by a foreign power and chances are they and others will be back,” Warner said on CBS’s “Face The Nation." “It is the height of irresponsibility that Congress has not acted.”

Warner said Congress should back bipartisan election security legislation that ensures measures such as a paper ballot trail and add further “guardrails” to social media against election interference.

He also said that while special counsel Robert Mueller determined the contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian agents did not rise to the level of conspiracy, there should be more clear-cut definitions and standards set.

Warner said the Senate Intelligence Committee wants to see the counterintelligence evidence Mueller received as part of his investigation "to finish our job."

Warner also addressed the current Justice Department investigation into the origins of the Russia probe, saying “if the intelligence community had not acted” on available information, “it would have been irresponsible.”

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Post by Addie » Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:30 am

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Russia's manipulation of Twitter was far vaster than believed

Russia's infamous troll farm conducted a campaign on Twitter before the 2016 elections that was larger, more coordinated and more effective than previously known, research from cybersecurity firm Symantec out Wednesday concluded.

The Internet Research Agency campaign may not only have had more sway — reaching large numbers of real users — than previously thought, it also demonstrated ample patience and might have generated income for some of the phony accounts, Symantec found.

The company analyzed a massive data set Twitter released in October 2018 on nearly 3,900 accounts and 10 million tweets.

The research discovered that the average lag between account creation and first tweet was 177 days. The most retweeted account garnered 6 million retweets, and less than 2,000 of those came from within the IRA-linked network of accounts. The huge delay points to a lot of patient preparation, and the retweets indicate that a lot of unaffiliated Twitter users were amplifying the IRA's message.

While most of the accounts were automated, they frequently demonstrated evidence of manual manipulation, such as slight wording changes in an apparent bid to dodge detection, according to Symantec.

"While this propaganda campaign has often been referred to as the work of trolls, the release of the dataset makes it obvious that it was far more than that," the company wrote. "It was planned months in advance and the operators had the resources to create and manage a vast disinformation network."

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Post by Addie » Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:46 am

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House Intel to take first major deep dive into threat of 'deepfakes'

The House Intelligence Committee is gearing up to host one of the first congressional hearings specifically focused on examining the threat of so-called deepfake videos manipulated by artificial intelligence to appear strikingly real.

The hearing, slated for Thursday morning and featuring academics and other experts, comes amid warnings that such technology poses a major disinformation threat ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

“I think we all have to be much more skeptical consumers of what we see online,” House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) told The Hill. “By the time you can tell that it's a fake, the damage has already been done. So we want to try to inform the public about this so that if it does occur, when it does occur, they'll have some background about the product.”

Fear about disinformation threats follow the 2016 presidential election, when Russia created fake accounts on social media aimed at sowing divisions and stirring tensions.

As other actors seek to follow the Kremlin’s playbook, deepfake technology is growing more sophisticated and prevalent. It’s possible an average internet user by the 2020 election could create doctored videos so realistic forensic experts will have to verify whether the content is real.

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Post by Addie » Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:25 pm

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Republican blocks bill requiring campaigns to alert FBI to foreign assistance

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) blocked an effort by Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) to pass a bill via unanimous consent requiring campaigns to report any offers of foreign assistance to the FBI.
"We are all for free and fair and honest elections. ... These reporting requirements are overbroad. Presidential campaigns would have to worry about disclosure at a variety of levels. So many different levels. Consider this: vendors that work for a campaign, people that are supplying some kind of voter service to a campaign. ... It would apply to door knockers, it would apply to phone bankers, down to any person who shares their views with a candidate."
Warner then countered that Blackburn's reading of the legislation is "not accurate .., The only thing that would have to be reported is if the agent of a foreign government or national offered that something that was already prohibited."

The big picture: President Trump's comments on Wednesday that he would consider accepting intelligence on a political opponent from a foreign entity set off immediate outrage from Democrats, who see it as an invitation for foreign adversaries to interfere in future U.S. elections. Lawmakers in both the Senate and the House have renewed calls to pass election security measures, with some going as far as to call Trump's comments "anti-American" and grounds for impeachment.
Sen. Chuck Schumer, responding to Blackburn's objection, said on the Senate floor: "How disgraceful it is that our Republican friends cower before this president when they know that the things he does severely damage democracy."

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Post by Addie » Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:09 pm

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The Hill: FEC chair responds to Trump saying he'd accept foreign intel on opponent: 'It is illegal'

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Post by Foggy » Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:34 am

My god, Trump might do something illegal? :panic:
Hopefully, this will blossom into a snowball.

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Post by tek » Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:55 am

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Post by Addie » Fri Jun 14, 2019 3:29 pm

NBC News: Hill push to battle foreign election interference is stuck at McConnell roadblock

The Senate majority leader has not allowed a vote on any of the bipartisan measures to strengthen election systems and make it harder for hostile powers to manipulate social media.

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Post by tek » Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:06 pm

What the heck is the Senate doing day in and day out? Watching porn?

They sure don't seem to be working on any bills..
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Post by Chilidog » Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:20 pm

tek wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:06 pm
What the heck is the Senate doing day in and day out? Watching porn?

They sure don't seem to be working on any bills..
Kellen Winslow is a GOP Senator?

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