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Don't mess with the Voting Village. Mudge has a new job. And hopefully "Zoombombing" will be harder to do. This is CyberScoop for Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020.

Election security experts reject Trump’s claims

President Donald Trump’s recent repurposing of videos from DEF CON’s Voting Village — which is meant to be a collaborative place for researchers to fix things — may have been the last straw for many election security experts watching the president make baseless claims about fraud. On Monday, 59 of those experts said Trump’s claims were “technically incoherent” and “unsubstantiated.” Joseph Lorenzo Hall, one of the letter’s signatories, told CyberScoop: “It’s been hard to see legitimate security research weaponized like this.” Sean Lyngaas has more.


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Twitter turns to Mudge

Twitter on Monday announced it had appointed Peiter “Mudge” Zatko as head of security. Zatko’s CV is stacked with important security gigs, from DARPA to Google to the L0pht crew who sounded the internet-security alarm to Congress in the '90s. Zatko joins Twitter as the platform faces a flood of disinformation in the aftermath of the election, and as it continues to learn from an embarrassing July security breach. Sean reports on the hacker's daunting task.


Three new tools for fending off 'Zoombombers'

Zoom announced three new ways the company and users can battle back against "Zoombombing" invasions. One is an internal tool where the company scans social media for publicly posted meeting info, then emails account holders if they're deemed highly vulnerable. Another gives a tool to hosts to pause meetings and report intruders, and a third expands the ability to report Zoombombers to meeting participants, not just hosts. Zoom has been under pressure from federal and state government officials to get a handle on the phenomenon of unwelcome participants posting offensive material in Zoom meetings. Read more from Tim Starks.


Sneaky recon on roster of AWS users is possible

More than 20 APIs associated with 16 Amazon Web Services products can be abused to give up basic information about users and their roles, according to new research from cybersecurity giant Palo Alto Networks. The weakness doesn't expose data stored in the cloud, but it could allow an adversary to figure out exactly who has access to an AWS service and what their role is. And it's possible to exploit the situation without anyone knowing, Palo Alto Networks says. Joe Warminsky walks through the research.


More lessons from CyberTalks 2020

This year’s virtual CyberTalks featured a full lineup of influential cybersecurity leaders, including VIPs across government, technology and the financial sector. Thousands of people watched as they discussed election security, threat intelligence, ransomware and emerging threats, the Pentagon’s digital future and much more.

Watch here.


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