The election is over, however not with out a hitch or two. Some voters in Georgia and Ohio needed to use paper ballots after hand sanitizer leaked into voting machines — an sudden casualty of the pandemic. And a slew of robocalls throughout numerous swing states urged voters to “keep protected and keep house,” in an effort to disenfranchise voters from going to the polls. With report voter turnout, there’s little proof to indicate it labored.
However we noticed nothing like the hack-and-leak operations like we did 4 years in the past, which delivered an “October shock” that derailed the election for Hillary Clinton, regardless of profitable the favored vote by three million votes.
Authorities officers and cybersecurity firms stated there have been no vital or damaging cyberattacks throughout Election Day. One Homeland Safety official known as it “one other Tuesday on the web,” however conceded there was nonetheless trigger for concern within the election aftermath.
With the majority of the votes counted, authorities officers pointed to the threat of “foreign influence” campaigns — or misinformation — that will attempt to forged doubt on the election outcomes. In actuality, a lot of the false and misleading claims ended up coming from contained in the White Home because the Trump administration tried to cling onto energy. After being caught out 4 years in the past, the social media giants put into place measures and policies that restricted the unfold of false information — together with Trump’s repeated attempts to assert victory.
Fears that the 2020 election may flip right into a nationwide, and even a global safety matter didn’t come to fruition. The U.S. is in a greater place than it was 4 years in the past by merely studying the teachings from Russia’s efforts to intervene with the election. Think about the place we could possibly be in one other 4?
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Grayshift, the maker of cellphone unlocking tech, raises a Sequence A spherical
Grayshift, the secretive startup behind the U.S. authorities’s favourite cellphone unlocking know-how, has raised $47 million in contemporary funding. The Series A round was led by PeakEquity Companions, and — as first reported by Forbes — is a large spherical for a little-known cellphone forensics agency.
Grayshift exploded onto the cellular forensics scene in 2018, months after the corporate started quietly promoting its proprietary GrayKey know-how to federal companies for about $15,000 every. The FBI and different companies use their bought GrayKey units to interrupt into encrypted telephones with out needing the passcode.