Florida Effort to Block Election Hacking Gets Extra $2M

Florida’s county elections departments will retain $2.3 million in unspent grant money aimed at stopping cyber-attacks on the state’s voting system, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday. DeSantis announced the unspent money is left over from a $19 million federal grant given last year to combat potential attacks on the Florida’s voting system and was supposed to be returned to the state. It will be combined with $2.8 million in…

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Mirai Offspring “Echobot” Uses 26 Different Exploits

A recently discovered variant of the Mirai Internet of Things (IoT) malware uses a total of 26 different exploits for the infection phase, Akamai reports.  Targeting improperly secured IoT devices, Mirai was first spotted in 2016 and had its source code published online in October that year. Numerous variants of the threat have emerged since, with the most recent of them targeting more processor architectures and aiming to infect…

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Android Apps Target Bitcoin, By-Passing 2FA

Last week researchers reported on apps abusing the Android push notifications feature to deliver spam. Now other researchers have described apps using a similar but more advanced approach to by-pass two-factor authentication. Lukas Stefanko, a malware analyst with ESET, has reported on apps that impersonate the Turkish cryptocurrency exchange, BtcTurk, and phish for login credentials to the service. Rather than the more obvious route of intercepting the SMS messages delivering…

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