*** A joint alert from the FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency cautions Americans to expect disinformation about the results of the 2020 elections from foreign malefactors on the internet and social media. The alert notes that the increased use of mail-in ballots because of COVID-19 precautions could lead to the election results taking days or weeks to tally, giving adversaries a window to sow disinformation.
*** The Defense Department used $1 billion in funds designated for coronavirus medical supplies to pay defense contractors, the Washington Post reported. DOD has previously indicated that it would need about $10 billion to cover added contracting costs caused by the pandemic.
Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, reupped his opposition to giving the Defense Department more funds in a statement addressing the article, saying "the Pentagon's budget, which has continued to surge over time, is more than adequate to meet DOD's operational needs. It is alarming that they have not properly aligned their spending with strategic priorities and continue to ask for more."
*** The Department of State needs to involve other federal agencies in the creation of the new Bureau of Cyberspace Security and Emerging Technologies, according to a new Government Accountability Office report. The collaboration is needed to "avoid unnecessary fragmentation, overlap, and duplication of cyber diplomacy efforts" the report states.
Posted on Sep 23, 2020 at 2:06 AM