Despite a Thursday deadline that would have forced China-based ByteDance to shut down its TikTok video-sharing app in the U.S., the Commerce Department will allow the company to continue its American operations for now as various court cases continue.
After weeks of rising anxiety, Election Day proceeded in the U.S. with no public indications of interference. But experts say misinformation campaigns are still likely, and there's plenty of time for malicious activity as the vote tallying proceeds.
After a federal judge blocked an order that would have banned ByteDance-owned TikTok from operating within the U.S., the Commerce Department vowed to continue to defend the Trump administration's executive order. Additional court hearings over the order are scheduled for later this year.
FBI agent Elvis Chan has dedicated the past four years to ensuring U.S. election security. With the Nov. 3 election less than a week away, he opens up on concerns about Russian, Chinese and Iranian interference and threats he'll be watching before and after the vote.
Online disinformation campaigns by nation-state actors are the biggest cyberthreat to the U.S. election as hackers attempt to influence final vote tallies as a way to undermine confidence, according to a Digital Shadows report. Russian hackers are most active, followed by Iran and China.
U.S. intelligence officials say a Russia-backed hacking group has compromised some state and local government computer systems since at least September and exfiltrated data. So far, however, the attackers do not appear to have attempted to otherwise interfere with or disrupt those networks.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes the U.S. indictment against Russian hackers who were allegedly behind NotPetya. Also featured: A discussion of nation-state adversaries and how they operate; an update on Instagram privacy investigation.
The White House are Twitter are both debunking claims by a Dutch ethical hacker that he accessed President Donald Trump's Twitter account earlier this month by guessing the password, enabling him to obtain full privileges and capture screenshots.
Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner has launched an investigation into whether Facebook's Instagram service improperly displayed the email addresses and phone numbers of minors on its platform. Facebook, Instagram's owner, could face a GDPR fine if it's found to have violated privacy requirements.
A report by New York state investigators calls for Twitter and other social media companies to implement greater cybersecurity measures and advocates greater federal regulatory oversight of social media companies to help prevent the misuse of their platforms.
A federal judge Sunday granted TikTok's request for a temporary injunction to block the Trump administration's order that would have banned the Chinese social media app from the U.S. The order came hours before the ban was scheduled to go into effect.
TikTok and WeChat both received reprieves over the weekend that helped avert U.S. blocks of their social media apps. President Donald Trump says he has given his "blessing" to a deal that would see Oracle and Walmart take a stake in TikTok's U.S. operations. Separately, a federal judge suspended a WeChat ban.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes whether a leaked database compiled by a Chinese company should be a cause for serious concern. Also featured are discussions on vulnerability disclosure challenges and risks posed by using social media apps for payments.
Potentially capping a fraught political showdown, China's TikTok, which is owned by Beijing-based ByteDance, has chosen Oracle to be its U.S. "technology partner," rejecting a bid by Microsoft. But Chinese state media suggests reports of a deal might be premature.
A leaked database compiled by a Chinese company has suddenly become the focus of news media reports warning that it could be used as an espionage instrument by Beijing. But on closer examination, the alleged "social media warfare database" looks like public information largely scraped from social media sites.