A coalition of tech firms – spearheaded by Microsoft – begun dismantling one of the world’s most dangerous botnets to preempt disruptive cyberattacks ahead of US presidential election. If the operation succeeds, it will disable a global network of botnets created by popular malicious software Trickbot. Microsoft purposely infected a computer with Trickbot to study its functioning and derive a solution to disrupt the software that started out as a banking Trojan.
Facebook has suspended three networks of fake accounts which could be used by Russia’s intelligence services to leak hacked docs as part of efforts to disrupt the upcoming US election. The company said the accounts were linked to Russian intelligence and were suspended for using fake identities and other “coordinated inauthentic behaviour”. The intent of these accounts was to hack and leak election related information.
Twitter announced heightened security measures for high-profile political accounts ahead of the 2020 US elections. Over the next few days, Twitter will be automatically turning on password reset protection for these accounts while recommending them to turn on 2FA and use strong passwords. It will also implement internal security safeguards including new methods of response to suspicious activities and fastening account recovery.