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04/13/2020
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Start the week with the second part of our series on the possible pitfalls of internet voting. Two financial traders settle allegations that they used hacked material to make hundreds of thousands of dollars. And a software company is using coronavirus to try to sell employee-tracking technology. This is CyberScoop for Monday. April 13.

There is still a lot of work to do

When an app needs to be trusted to protect the confidentiality of a person’s political preference, normal security procedures won't suffice. In order to truly make online voting possible, a monumental shift in security and policy will need to take place. Security experts say both are lacking in the current push for online voting: apps that have high-severity vulnerabilities and election standards that are anything but agreed upon. In the second part of our series with Risky Business, security experts highlight the work they've done and how it serves to lay the groundwork for possibly allowing elections to be conducted over the internet in the distant future. Read more here.


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Employee-monitoring firm sees opportunity in coronavirus

TransparentBusiness is back. The software company caused alarm among state security officials last year by hawking software that tracks government employees as they work from home, promising to ensure that workers are keeping busy. The company lobbied for bills that would require IT contractors to install monitoring software that collects a screenshot every three minutes and logs all keystrokes and cursor movements, and stores that information for at least seven years. The effort mostly failed over privacy concerns. Now, though, as much of the country moves to remote work amid mandatory stay-at-home orders, TransparentBusiness sees an opportunity. Benjamin Freed has the story at StateScoop.


Two financial traders settle with SEC

The SEC announced Thursday its settled charges against David Kwon and Igor Sabodakha in connection with a wider scheme to hack an SEC database, then use stolen data to inform financial trades. The breach at the SEC, and the insider trades that followed, illuminated for much of the public how cybercrime had emerged a new way to boost traditional forms of global financial crime. Kwon and Sabodakha were charged last year alongside seven others for allegedly infiltrating the EDGAR database, where public companies upload financial disclosure forms and future announcements for shareholders. Jeff Stone has more details.


Credit card fraud is way up

Online credit card skimming increased by 26% in March, as much of the world's brick-and-mortar stores closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Scammers have seized on the e-commerce surge, with much of the activity (74.4%) occurring in the U.S., according to recent figures from the security vendor Malwarebytes. Exactly who is stealing so much payment card data remains unclear, though it's a safe bet that some attackers using so-called Magecart-style tactics, in which they insert a small amount of code into a website to sweep up card numbers. Read all about it.


San Francisco's airport reports a data breach

San Francisco International Airport last week revealed that hackers had compromised two websites in March to steal users’ login credentials. The attackers appear to have accessed users’ credentials for their personal devices, the airport said. The compromised sites included one that provides travelers with updates on COVID-19, and another with information on SFO construction projects. Airport websites offer hackers an exorbitant amount of users to target. SFO is the second busiest airport in California. Here's the announcement.


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