Connect with us

Reel News

The Cybersecurity 202: Democratic election officials punch back on Trump mail voting claims

American Politics

The Cybersecurity 202: Democratic election officials punch back on Trump mail voting claims

with Tonya Riley Democratic election officials are punching back at President Trump’s unfounded claims that voting by mail leads to widespread fraud.  In a new digital ad, Democratic secretaries of state describe the president’s assault on mail voting as an effort to suppress minority votes and link it to a long history of racist voting…

The Cybersecurity 202: Democratic election officials punch back on Trump mail voting claims

with Tonya Riley

Democratic election officials are punching back at President Trump’s unfounded claims that ballot by mail results in widespread scams.

In a new digital advertisement, Democratic secretaries of state explain the president’s assault on mail voting as an effort to suppress minority votes and connect it to a long history of racist voting requirements such as poll taxes. The video also assaults Trump and Republicans for other actions that make it more difficult to vote, such as voter ID laws and purging the files of individuals who haven’t voted in numerous elections.

White supremacy has no location in our elections and no place in our nation,” the advertisement states. It vows Democratic secretaries of state will work to guarantee voting by mail is an alternative for everybody during the coronavirus pandemic.

The ad– launched at the very same time as a brand-new site promoting Democratic secretary of state prospects– marks a substantial rhetorical escalation from election authorities who’ve spent much of the pandemic countering the president’s unfounded claims with truths and figures that reveal fraud rates from ballot by mail are exceptionally low.

It likewise highlights the stakes as election officials have a hard time to maintain public faith in the security and reliability of the 2020 elections while Trump constantly weakens it

” We have actually been working for years to make elections more accessible and more secure and we must be working equally difficult to make elections safe throughout the covid 19 pandemic, [but] everything that Trump and Republican politician leaders are doing is the opposite of that,” California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, chairman of the Association of Democratic Secretaries of State, told me. “It’s galling and it’s frankly offending.”

Padilla fears Trump’s attacks will damage public faith in the election’s outcome without excellent factor.

That’s especially concerning because election officials have invested much of their time given that Russia’s 2016 election disturbance operation rushing to correct genuine and serious security vulnerabilities. Those consist of voting devices that lack paper records, voter databases that aren’t sufficiently protected against hacking and personnel without proper cybersecurity training.

Hand-marked absentee ballots, on the other hand, develop minimal security issues, according to the large majority of election security professionals.

” The citizens deserve to have not just easy access to the ballot box, however confidence in the electoral procedure,” Padilla stated. “ When Trump attacks vote by mail with his lies, it weakens confidence, not just in vote by mail however in the election more broadly Which’s a type of citizen suppression if people lose self-confidence at the same time and it drives down involvement.”

Election officials have also been hit with a multitude of new challenges because the pandemic struck making keeping reliability with citizens in November an uphill climb. Those consist of ballots not showing up on time, election devices not operating and hours-long voting lines.

So, Trump’s unwarranted claims are just making things worse

” Free and fair elections are the bedrock of our democracy,” Padilla stated. “Trump is working to undermine the confidence in election results that he might not like this November.”

California is house to one of the most extreme fights over mail ballot.

The Republican Politician National Committee is taking legal action against to reverse an order from Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) that counties must send out absentee ballots straight to signed up citizens there. That varies from other states broadening mail ballot throughout the pandemic by sending out registered voters tally demand types.

The RNC has stayed away from Trump’s broadsides versus mail voting, rather implicating Newsom of violating counties’ authority over elections with “an illegal and brazen power grab.”

Padilla told me there’s nothing incorrect with states choosing to send request types, however expressed confidence his state’s system is safe enough that such a move would be an “unnecessary extra step.”

Authorities there were also concerned a space in U.S. Postal Service funding could slow mail delivery and wished to make the process as basic as possible, he stated.


Mail-in tallies are placed in bins to be processed after coming to the Sacramento County Registrar of Voters in Sacramento. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

The Democratic counterpunch comes as Trump is increasing his attacks on mail voting.

The president tweeted three times about the process the other day, declaring without evidence it will lead to a “ RIGGED ELECTION” and foreign nations will print countless tallies He also tweeted individuals who oppose police violence need to likewise risk the pandemic to vote in person.

In fact, instances of possible mail fraud in states that vote almost entirely by mail accounted for just 0.0025 percent of ballots in 2016 and 2018– or about one out of every 39,000, a Washington Post analysis found.

It would likewise be nearly impossible for U.S. enemies to interfere in the election by printing phony mail-in ballots due to the fact that of a series of security checks consisting of unique bar codes that link the tally to the citizen and signature verifications, as Amy Gardner reports

Even the National Association of Secretaries of State, that includes both Republicans and Democrats and generally avoids correcting the president, stated it was “not familiar with any proof supporting the claims made by President Trump,” Voice of America’s Jeff Seldin reported “As constantly, we are open to reading more about the administration’s concerns,” the association stated.

The tweets came as officials gear up for main elections today in Virginia, New York and Kentucky In Kentucky officials are already worried about another fiasco in which mail ballots don’t arrive and a reduced number of in-person ballot websites are overwhelmed with citizens, Michelle Ye Hee Lee reports


President Donald Trump speaks throughout a roundtable discussion. (Alex Brandon/AP)

The president’s attack comes amid news that Vice President Pence voted by mail in Indiana’s 2020 primary.

Pence is simply the most recent leading Trump authorities– consisting of the president himself– to have actually voted by mail regardless of the administration’s attacks on the practice. Business Insider was the initially to report on Pence.

Aaron Blake did a roundup of other Trump administration and relative who voted by mail or tried to do so. They consist of Melania and Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, project manager Brad Parscale, Health and Person Provider Secretary Alex Azar and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

Chat space

Here’s more from NPR’s Miles Parks on how Trump’s unfounded claims are causing problems for election authorities:

A common theme I encounter as I talk to election officials, after the President tweets something misleading or incorrect about elections, is exhaustion

— Miles Parks (@MilesParks) June 22, 2020

It is simply SO much to handle … So when the president tweets things out that aren’t true, it’s these people who have to spend their days setting the record straight, fixing individuals.

With everything else they need to fret about; it’s another challenge stacked on top

— Miles Parks (@MilesParks) June 22, 2020

Welcome to The Cybersecurity 202, our must-read newsletter on cybersecurity policy news.

The keys

The European Union called out China for cyberattacks against medical facilities during coronavirus.

John Bolton

European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen likewise said that China’s dispersing of disinformation about the pandemic can not be tolerated.

She joins a growing chorus of world leaders rebuking China for the alleged hacking of health-care organizations during the pandemic.

” We have actually seen attacks We assembled the realities and the figures needed to know, von der Leyen said following a videoconference between E.U. leaders and Chinese president Xi Jinping, Laurens Cerulus at Politico reports

The remarks follow comparable warnings from U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who said that China is using cyberattacks and disinformation to divide the United States and Europe.

China has vehemently denied hacking health-care organizations.

A hacktivist group launched data from 200 police groups in evident retribution for authorities violence.

Michelle Ye Hee Lee

Cops clear out Lafayette Park across the street from the White Home after protesters attempted to take down the Andrew Jackson statue in the park. (Michael Reynolds/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

The document chest released by the group DDOSecrets consisted of more than 20 years’ worth of records. It might be the biggest leakage from police to date, cybersecurity blog writer Brian Krebs reports

The files, dubbed “Blue Leaks, include emails and training documents as well as details about how companies have reacted to current protests versus authorities brutality. The group leaked the documents on June 19 to accompany the Juneteenth vacation, which commemorates completion of slavery.

The details appears to have actually dripped from a Texas website design and hosting business that managed details sharing portals for a number of multistate police blend centers, Krebs reports.

The leak likewise consists of “highly sensitive info” including specific savings account numbers, individual details and mug shots DDOSecrets worked to scrub the declare delicate information about crime victims and unassociated celebrations, however intentionally included the monetary information so that it might be utilized with other data sets to recognize corruption, co-founder Emma Finest informed Andy Greenberg at Wired

However some law enforcement supporters said the info could do more to hurt investigations.

” With this volume of material, there are bound to be compromises of sensitive operations and perhaps even human sources or undercover cops, so I fear it will put lives at danger,” Stewart Baker, a previous top official at the National Security Company and Department of Homeland Security, told Krebs.

Apple will make it much easier to see what data apps are collecting.

The business’s next iOS upgrade will require developers to self-report what kinds of data their apps collect and identify information that could be used to track users throughout the Web. This will reveal up in a function the phonemaker compares to a nutrition label on packaged food, Geoffrey A. Fowler and Heather Kelly report

That’s one of a number of moves Apple is making to improve privacy across its devices.

The iPhone maker will likewise allow users to share approximate place information with apps instead of their specific location, the Verge reports Apple currently allows users to switch off area data, but this will allow them to utilize apps such as maps without giving up their precise location.

Users can anticipate the updates to present sometime this fall.

Federal government scan

Trump will suspend some foreign employee visas through the end of the year, sparking a tech reaction.


President Trump speaks during a rally in Tulsa on June20 (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

The block on H-1B visas, which permit extremely experienced workers to work legally in the United States, might have significant ramifications for tech giants consisting of Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Apple.

BSA The Software Alliance, a market trade group, stated it “highly advises the administration to consider the crucial function nonimmigrants play in the U.S. economy and refrain from restricting employment of highly-skilled foreign professionals.” BSA members include Microsoft and Oracle along with security firms such as Pattern Micro and Splunk.

More government news:

Prime Minister

Smart device apps suggested to track where individuals have taken a trip or whom they have actually been near are mainly buggy, little-used or not prepared for major rollouts, raising concerns as constraints lift and infections rise.

Wall Street Journal

Tonya Riley

The legislation consists of some suggestions from the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, but not the primary one.


Industry report

Google will begin labeling some misleading images in its image search.

Vice President

The Google and YouTube logo designs. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

The brand-new fact-checking function is an expansion of the labels Google currently uses on its primary search results and on YouTube, Rachel Lerman reports The label will appear as a little description on the picture. A bigger preview of the image will reveal a short summary and direct users to the fact-checking source.

International cyberspace

China apprehended 2 Canadian residents for political retribution, Trudeau states.


Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (Blair Gable/Reuters)

China apprehended the 2 residents just days after C anadian authorities arrested an executive of Chinese company Huawei at the request of the United States. ” It has actually been apparent from the beginning that this was a political choice made by the Chinese federal government, and we deplore it and have from the very beginning,” Justin Trudeau stated at an instruction Monday, Politico reports

More worldwide cybersecurity news:

voice of america

Meng’s case has wedged middle-power Canada into the larger clash between two heavyweights: China and the U.S.


Real Life. Real News. Real Voices

Help us tell more of the stories that matter


New Zealand authorities has taken properties worth NZ$140 million ($9068 million) connected to a Russian man thought of laundering billions of dollars in digital currency.



  • The Washington Post will host a discussion in between John Bolton and Robert Costa today at 1 p.m.
  • The Home Armed Providers committee will mark up the National Defense Permission Act for Fiscal Year 2021 on Monday and Tuesday.
  • The Aspen Tech Policy Hub will host an occasion on “Protecting Your Digital Reality” Wednesday at midday.
  • The Senate Commerce Committee will hold an oversight hearing to analyze the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday at 10 a.m.
  • The Energy and Commerce Committee will host a hearing on online disinformation on Wednesday at 11: 30 a.m. The hearing will cover disinformation associated to covid-19 and the recent racial discontent.
  • The Senate Homeland Security Committee will hold an oversight hearing to take a look at Customs and Border Defense Thursday at 9: 30 a.m.
  • The Senate Judiciary Committee will increase the EARN IT Act of 2020 on Thursday.
  • Carnegie’s Partnership for Countering Impact Operations and Twitter will host an event on impact operations on Twitter on July 9 at 1 p.m.

All events are virtual unless otherwise noted.

Secure log off

More from Apple’s brand-new items updates: a watch that will inform you when to remove those coronavirus germs.

Subscribe to Reel News

We hate SPAM and promise to keep your email address safe

Top News

To Top