Twitter puts verification fixes on hold as elections loom

Twitter has spent the past several months trying to fix its verification mess, but it looks like you’ll have to wait a while longer for a solution. New product lead Kayvon Beykpour has announced that Twitter is putting its verification reform efforts on hold to focus on “information quality” in the run-up to the US […]

Australia task force will protect elections against cyberattacks

Governments around the world are taking various steps to prevent foreign elements from meddling with their elections. For some of them, it’s to prevent foreign interference yet again — the US, for instance, might use paper ballot backups that will allow officials to double check results. Australia is taking things a step further, though, and […]

Britain’s leading pollster says Brexit voters could save Theresa May in the local elections

Getty Voters go to the polls across England today in a major test of Theresa May’s leadership. Leading pollster Sir John Curtice tells Business Insider that the prime minister could win a number of victories as Brexit supporters across England hand the Conservatives crucial gains. Labour, meanwhile, is set to make big gains in London […]

Iran: Cisco switch hackers left U.S. flag and message saying ‘Don’t mess with our elections’

(Reuters) — Hackers have attacked networks in a number of countries including data centers in Iran where they left the image of a U.S. flag on screens along with a warning: “Don’t mess with our elections”, the Iranian IT ministry said on Saturday. “The attack apparently affected 200,000 router switches across the world in a widespread […]

‘Don’t mess with our elections’: Hackers stuff US flag into Cisco security hole worldwide

Unknown hackers have exploited a loophole in the Cisco protocol to strike internet service providers worldwide, in a coordinated attack against data centers, leaving a US flag and a message reading “Don’t mess with our elections.” Iranian data centers became some of the latest victims of the global bot attack late on Friday. Disabling router […]

Russian 4th largest city scraps direct mayoral elections

The city of Ekaterinburg in Russia’s Urals has scrapped direct mayoral elections prompting mass protests. Now instead of a popular vote, the mayor in the fourth largest Russian city will be elected by the city council members. The lawmakers of Sverdlovsk region (where Ekaterinburg is located) voted by 42-4 to abolish direct elections on Tuesday.  […]

Facebook begins fact-checking photos and videos to better protect elections

As Facebook works to stem the flow of inaccurate and false news, the company is finding that it’s not enough just to flag links to fake news stories. On a conference call today with reporters, Facebook announced that it is ramping up its fact-checking efforts, most notably by introducing fact-checking procedures for photos and videos. […]