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After Trump tweets Defcon hacking video, voting security experts call BS

Enlarge Getty Images As President Trump continues to make unfounded claims of widespread election fraud, 59 of the world’s foremost experts on electronic voting are hitting back, saying that recent allegations of actual voting machine hacking “have been unsubstantiated or are technically incoherent.” Monday’s letter came after almost two weeks of baseless and unfounded claims […]


Facebook and other tech firms met with U.S. intelligence to discuss 2020 election security

(Reuters) — U.S. technology companies including Facebook, Alphabet’s Google, Microsoft and Twitter met with U.S. intelligence agencies on Wednesday to discuss security strategies ahead of the November 2020 election. The companies’ security teams met representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the Department of Homeland Security […]


Homeland Security Committee head seeks greater U.S. role in 5G standards

(Reuters) — A Republican lawmaker on Monday introduced legislation to boost the presence of U.S. firms in global industry standards bodies to combat China’s rising influence in next-generation 5G cellular network technology. The bill, from U.S. Representative Michael McCaul of Texas, presses the secretary of state to boost the “representation and leadership” of the United […]


Cobalt Robotics raises $35 million for security robots that patrol offices, warehouses, and parking lots

Cobalt Robotics, a three-year-old startup building indoor security robots designed to work alongside human guards, today revealed that it’s secured $ 35 million in series B financing led by global investment firm Coatue. The capital infusion builds on a $ 13 million series A round in March 2018, bringing the San Mateo, California-based company’s total […]

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U.S. Blacklists More Chinese Tech Companies Over National Security Concerns

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration added five Chinese entities to a United States blacklist on Friday, further restricting China’s access to American technology and stoking already high tensions as President Trump and President Xi Jinping of China prepare to meet in Japan next week. The Commerce Department announced that it would add four Chinese companies […]