Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Vulnerabilities / Threats

Craigslist Founder Funds Security Toolkit for Journalists, Elections

The free tools will be developed by the Global Cyber Alliance to monitor election infrastructure and processes in the runup to the 2020 Presidential election.

A gift from Craigslist's founder Craig Newmark is funding the development of cybersecurity toolkits for journalists and elections offices ahead of the 2020 US elections. The toolkits, which will be developed by the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA), are intended to "protect journalists and media outlets from cyber-attacks that are designed to either manipulate public opinion or expose sources, enable election boards or other bodies to leverage the latest in cybersecurity protections to preserve election integrity and help ensure that all votes are accurately recorded and counted, and secure nonprofit community organizations that work to uphold the right to vote," according to the announcement of the gift.

"Our country is under attack by some really bad actors and we need to help protect the people who keep our democracy safe. That includes journalists and that includes people who run our elections," says Newmark, founder of Craigslist and of Craig Newmark Philanthropies, which  is providing a gift of $1.068 million to the GCA for developing toolkits. Asked why he sees journalists as worthy of the type of defense he's funding for election offices, Newmark says, "in high school US history I learned that a trustworthy press is the immune system of democracy. The press helps keeps us safe by telling us what's going on."

Philip Reitinger, president and CEO of the GCA says that his organization will be able to use expertise from developing the small business toolkit to develop separate toolkits for journalists, elections offices, and the NGOs that monitor elections. "We're going to use the same approach with regard to elections officials and media journalists but they'll be distinct things. The capabilities in our toolkit will be tailored for the particular audience," he says. "Our goal is to take the resources that Craig Newmark has given us, and customize and direct a set of unique capabilities for each of these audiences that will help them solve their problem."

Each toolkit will contain operational tools, clear guidance, and recommendations, and will be built following guidelines set out in the Center for Internet Security's (CIS) top Critical Controls. The toolkits will be available at no charge from the GCA.

"Americans need to work together to protect the country and among other things that means better support for journalists and better support for the people who make our elections run. This is serious," says Newmark.

"I think people have lost sight of the importance of media and journalists in the free exercise of the basic functioning of democracy," says Reitinger, "So I think it's really critical that we all work together to to move cybersecurity forward so we can have trustworthy elections."

Related content:

 

 

 Join Dark Reading LIVE for two cybersecurity summits at Interop 2019. Learn from the industry's most knowledgeable IT security experts. Check out the Interop agenda here.

Curtis Franklin Jr. is Senior Editor at Dark Reading. In this role he focuses on product and technology coverage for the publication. In addition he works on audio and video programming for Dark Reading and contributes to activities at Interop ITX, Black Hat, INsecurity, and ... View Full Bio
 

Recommended Reading:

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Oldest First  |  Newest First  |  Threaded View
COVID-19: Latest Security News & Commentary
Dark Reading Staff 8/3/2020
Pen Testers Who Got Arrested Doing Their Jobs Tell All
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark Reading,  8/5/2020
Exploiting Google Cloud Platform With Ease
Dark Reading Staff 8/6/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Current Issue
Special Report: Computing's New Normal, a Dark Reading Perspective
This special report examines how IT security organizations have adapted to the "new normal" of computing and what the long-term effects will be. Read it and get a unique set of perspectives on issues ranging from new threats & vulnerabilities as a result of remote working to how enterprise security strategy will be affected long term.
Flash Poll
The Changing Face of Threat Intelligence
The Changing Face of Threat Intelligence
This special report takes a look at how enterprises are using threat intelligence, as well as emerging best practices for integrating threat intel into security operations and incident response. Download it today!
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-15138
PUBLISHED: 2020-08-07
Prism is vulnerable to Cross-Site Scripting. The easing preview of the Previewers plugin has an XSS vulnerability that allows attackers to execute arbitrary code in Safari and Internet Explorer. This impacts all Safari and Internet Explorer users of Prism >=v1.1.0 that use the _Previewers_ plugin...
CVE-2020-9490
PUBLISHED: 2020-08-07
Apache HTTP Server versions 2.4.20 to 2.4.43. A specially crafted value for the 'Cache-Digest' header in a HTTP/2 request would result in a crash when the server actually tries to HTTP/2 PUSH a resource afterwards. Configuring the HTTP/2 feature via "H2Push off" will mitigate this vulnerab...
CVE-2020-11852
PUBLISHED: 2020-08-07
DKIM key management page vulnerability on Micro Focus Secure Messaging Gateway (SMG). Affecting all SMG Appliance running releases prior to July 2020. The vulnerability could allow a logged in user with rights to generate DKIM key information to inject system commands into the call to the DKIM syste...
CVE-2020-11984
PUBLISHED: 2020-08-07
Apache HTTP server 2.4.32 to 2.4.44 mod_proxy_uwsgi info disclosure and possible RCE
CVE-2020-11985
PUBLISHED: 2020-08-07
IP address spoofing when proxying using mod_remoteip and mod_rewrite For configurations using proxying with mod_remoteip and certain mod_rewrite rules, an attacker could spoof their IP address for logging and PHP scripts. Note this issue was fixed in Apache HTTP Server 2.4.24 but was retrospectively...