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Senator Claims Hackers Entered Florida Poll Systems

The Florida Secretary of State’s office in Tallahassee said it had been unable to learn which county it was

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A US Senator from Florida has claimed there was an intrusion into Florida’s elections systems by hackers in 2016.

According to a report in The New York Times late Friday, Senator Marco Rubio claimed that “Russian hackers not only accessed a Florida voting system, but were ‘in a position’ to change voter roll data”.

Rubio said he was constrained by his position on the Senate Intelligence Committee, but the redacted version of the Mueller Report released on April 18 stated that the FBI believes “at least one Florida county” was infiltrated with malicious software by Russian intelligence agents.

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The hackers use spear phishing, meaning that they pose as partner universities to the target. Pixabay

Rubio’s statement contradicts the Florida Secretary of State’s office which maintained last week that its elections systems weren’t hacked.

The Florida Secretary of State’s office in Tallahassee said it had been unable to learn which county it was.

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“The department reached out to the FBI and they declined to share that information with us,” Sarah Revell, a department spokeswoman, was quoted as saying.

“No county has come forward.” (IANS)

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Tech Giant Microsoft to Pay Hackers for Bug Bounty Programme

Microsoft recently launched Chromium-based Edge beta for Windows 10, 7, 8/8.1 and macOS

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A man walks past a Microsoft sign set up for the Microsoft BUILD conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, April 28, 2015. VOA

Microsoft has launched a Bug Bounty Programme for Chromium Edge where the company is inviting cybersecurity experts across the world to identify vulnerabilities in the Chromium Edge browser, with rewards ranging from $1,000 to $30,000.

The company is offering rewards in various tiers. Spoofing and tampering reports would earn anywhere between $1,000 and $6,000. Information disclosure and remote code execution will be awarded between $1,000 and $10,000 and elevation of privilege will rake in between $5,000 to $15,000, Digital Trends reported on Sunday.

As per the report, $30,000 will be given in exchange for finding a combination of an Elevation of Privilege flaw and a Windows Defender Application Guard container escape.

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“We are excited to expand our bounty programmes today to include the next version of Microsoft Edge and continue to grow and strengthen our partnership with the security research community.

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“We welcome researchers to seek out and disclose any high-impact vulnerabilities they may find in the next version of Microsoft Edge, based on Chromium, and offer rewards up to the US $30,000 for eligible vulnerabilities in Dev and Beta channels,” Jarek Stanley, senior program manager at Microsoft, said in a post.

Microsoft recently launched Chromium-based Edge beta for Windows 10, 7, 8/8.1 and macOS. (IANS)