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06/03/2020
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Cybersecurity pros discuss ways they've experienced and confronted racism in the industry. Attacks aim for advocacy organizations. And coronavirus is still a problem for election security. This is CyberScoop for Wednesday, June 3.

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What happens when the security discipline that you work in seems distant from what's happening on the streets? Like millions of people across the U.S. this week, cybersecurity professionals are asking themselves what they can do to resist racism and social injustice. The daily grind of reverse-engineering malware or running port scans feels meaningless when police are teargassing peaceful protesters and neighborhoods are in flames. For some, the events have evoked painful memories of their own experiences with racism. Others are in listening mode while they acknowledge their privilege. Sean Lyngaas, Greg Otto and Shannon Vavra spoke to the community.


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Web attacks against advocacy groups up by 1,000%

Distributed denial-of-service attacks against advocacy organizations increased by 1,120% since a Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd by kneeling on his neck, sparking demonstrations throughout the U.S. DDoS attacks occur when anonymous web users flood a site with fabricate traffic in an attempt to knock it offline, thus silencing its web presence until the site recovers. In new figures, Cloudflare said it blocked more than 135 billion malicious web requests against advocacy sites, compared to less than 30 million blocked requests against U.S. government websites, such as police and military organizations. Jeff Stone explains.


Coronavirus spells trouble for election security pros

Although the rate of new infections appears to have slowed down in recent weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic remains the greatest challenge to ensuring that the 2020 presidential election runs accurately and securely, election security experts say. Election officials still need much more funding and support to make all the preparations for an election that will likely have to be conducted largely via mail, especially in states that have historically low rates of postal ballots, said Wendy Weiser of New York University’s Brennan Center for Law and Justice. "“Attacks on voter registration databases could have an even more devastating effect this year given how crucial these systems are to absentee voting," she said. StateScoop's Benjamin Freed breaks it down.


Zoom flub makes an LAPD meeting even messier

After days of nationwide protests against police brutality following death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was killed while in custody of the Minneapolis Police Department, the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners held an all-day video call on Tuesday that LAPD Chief Michel Moore called “unorganized.” The Zoom meeting was initially capped at just 500 participants. For more than 45 minutes after it started, though, the meeting remained inaccessible to all but the first 500 people to register. Nearly an hour into the meeting, Zoom emergency-upgraded the city’s license to allow all participants to join and comments from irate members of the public resumed. Ryan Johnston has it at StateScoop.


CrowdStrike revenue jumps amid work-from-home orders

CrowdStrike reported a total revenue of $178.1 million during the first quarter of fiscal year 2021, a massive uptick that coincided with ongoing concerns about the strength of the global economy during the coronavirus pandemic. In its quarterly earnings report released Tuesday, the Sunnyvale-based company said its $178.1 million in revenue marked an 85% increase over the $96.1 million during the same period last year. Much of that revenue came from product subscriptions, with executives suggesting that the sudden move to telecommuting boosted CrowdStrike’s presence in the market. Jeff has the numbers.


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