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May 6, 2019
Frank Bajak / Associated Press

Frank Bajak / Associated Press  
Microsoft Aims to Improve Voting Security Through ‘ElectionGuard’ Kit, Addresses Vote Tampering, Verification and Auditing

Microsoft unveiled a new effort, “ElectionGuard,” that is designed to protect democratic elections through secure, verifiable voting. ElectionGuard is a free open-source software development kit (SDK) from Microsoft’s Defending Democracy Program, an initiative announced earlier this year to protect campaigns from hacking, increase political ad transparency and other election-related measures. The software giant said that ElectionGuard to protect against vote tampering and to improve the voting process through verification, security, and auditability, among other components. Microsoft also announced a cut-rate Office 365 application suite for political parties and campaigns for what it charges nonprofits.

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May 21, 2019
Joe McDonald and Frank Bajak / Associated Press

Joe McDonald and Frank Bajak / Associated Press  
U.S. Government Grants Huawei 90-Day Reprieve From U.S. Technology Licensing Requirements

The U.S. government amended last week’s order restricting all technology sales to embattled and now-banned Chinese telecom tech provider Huawei, granting it a temporary, 90-day exemption from U.S. licensing requirements for any technology needed to maintain and support existing networking equipment and smartphones. Still in place are requirements that government licenses be obtained for any sales to Huawei unrelated to existing equipment. The Commerce Department said the grace period would allow rural U.S. telecom operators that depend on Huawei equipment for “critical services” time to make other arrangements.

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RCR Wireless News: US government temporarily eases Huawei restrictions
The Tech Report: Huawei U.S. ban gets a deadline extension to keep networks afloat Huawei Ban Lifted Temporarily, But Does This Mean Upcoming Smartphones Will Have Android And Google Play Services?
WRAL Tech Wire: US delays restrictions on tech sales to China’s Huawei
NS Tech: Huawei secures “temporary general licence” to buy US tech
The Daily Swig: Huawei given stay of execution from US trade blacklist
Latin American Herald Tribune: US Ban on Huawei to Have Big Impact on Europe, Americas, Little on US, China
Daily Mail : Google will work with Huawei for the next 90 days after US eases restrictions
Silicon Republic: US gives Huawei and suppliers 90 days’ breathing space
The Atlantic: The Huawei Drama Is a Gift to US Tech Companies
Security – Computing: US government gives Huawei 90-day licence to continue operating in the US
The Verge : Huawei vs. Trump: all the news about the Chinese phone maker’s messy relationship with the US
IT Pro : US relaxes trade restrictions on Huawei, founder ‘uninterested’
Infosecurity Magazine: Washington Issues Temporary License to Huawei
Techdirt: Google Joins The Evidence-Optional Assault On Huawei
TIME: Huawei Founder Believes New U.S. Order Will Have No Impact on Sales
Tech Insider: Huawei is reportedly ramping up its app store efforts in what could be another sign it was prepared for a breakup with Google’s Android
Pocket-lint: Huawei alternative OS: Without Google what is Huawei’s plan B? Huawei Gets 90-Day Reprieve on Ban US Loosens Some Huawei Restrictions

January 17, 2020
Frank Bajak / Associated Press

Frank Bajak / Associated Press  
Security Expert Says He Found Evidence Georgia’s Election Server Was Hacked Before 2016 Election, Server Logs Wiped Clean in Mid-2017

A Georgia election server contains evidence that it was possibly hacked before the 2016 presidential election and the 2018 vote that gave Georgia Governor Brian Kemp a narrow victory over Democratic opponent Stacey Abrams, according to an affidavit filed in Atlanta federal court by election security expert Logan Lamb. Lamb said the server was left exposed to the open internet for at least six months, a problem he discovered in August 2016. The server was wiped clean in mid-2017 with no notice, just days after election integrity activists filed a lawsuit seeking an overhaul of what they called the state’s unreliable and negligently run election system. Lamb believes the server was initially hacked in 2014. Lamb found evidence that election-related files were deleted from the server on March 2, 2017, just after a colleague of his alerted KSU officials that the election server remained vulnerable to hackers.