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Senate Intel Committee gives Homeland Security its election security wish list

In a press conference today, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence presented its urgent recommendations for protecting election systems as the U.S. moves toward midterm elections later this year. “Currently we have an election upon us, and the past tells us that the future will probably hold another set of threats if we are not prepared,” Senator Kamala Harris said. The bipartisan committee offered a set of measures to defend domestic election infrastructure against hostile foreign nations. Before launching into the findings from its committee-wide examination of current practices, written up in an accompanying report , the group emphasized that states are “firmly in the lead” in conducting elections, although the federal government should work closely to provide funds and information. Although there are many factors that can mitigate the risk to U.S. elections, election equipment itself, particularly internet-connected systems, remains a core concern in the report: States should rapidly replace outdated and vulnerable voting systems. At a minimum, any machine purchased going forward should have a voter-verified paper trail and no WiFi capability. If use of paper ballots becomes more widespread, election officials should re-examine current practices for securing the chain of custody of all paper ballots and verify no opportunities exist for the introduction of fraudulent votes. Because financial need varies from state to state, the committee recommended legislation that would create a grant program through which states could apply for election security funds, including the funding needed to conduct system audits. “States should use grant funds to improve cybersecurity by hiring additional Information Technology staff, updating software, and contracting vendors to provide cybersecurity services, among other steps,” the report states. The rest of the report focused on how to bolster U.S. election infrastructure and practice against foreign attacks. Now that the potential vulnerability of U.S. election systems is widely known, Russia may not be the only adversary looking to poke holes in U.S

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The U.S. secretary of state was fired. On Twitter.

 President Donald Trump just fired his embattled secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, via Twitter this morning, replacing him with former Tea Party Congressman and current Central Intelligence Agency chief Mike Pompeo. Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the… Read More

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Google takes AMP beyond basic posts with its new story format – TechCrunch

Search Engine Land Google takes AMP beyond basic posts with its new story format TechCrunch This new format allows publishers to build image-, video- and animation-heavy stories for mobile that you can easily swipe through. “It's a mobile -focused format for creating visually rich stories,” as Google's product manager for the AMP project Rudy ... Google gets in on mobile 'story craze' with new AMP Stories format Search Engine Land The “Stories” format is coming to Google search next The Verge all 5 news articles »

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 845: Everything You Need To Know – Ubergizmo

Ubergizmo Qualcomm Snapdragon 845: Everything You Need To Know Ubergizmo Like clockwork, Qualcomm has announced its Snapdragon 845 system on chip (SoC) and high-end Snapdragon platform which will power numerous high-end smartphones and possibly always-connected laptops throughout 2018. As always, a major architecture change ... and more »

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