The death of a bill in Congress this week that would have bolstered election security systems puts more pressure on states to prevent cyberattacks from Russia that former special counsel Robert Mueller warned against this week. But many states are paralyzed by their own inaction. State and local election officials want to replace aging or outdated equipment before the 2020 election, but many have said they lack the money to do so. In some states, recent legislative sessions produced little progress. The issue took on greater urgency this week in Washington as Mueller bluntly told lawmakers about Russian meddling in American elections: "They're doing it as we sit here." Democrats passed a $775 million spending measure to funnel more money to states for election security, but Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell blocked the bill. The Kentucky senator said the federal government is already doing enough to shore up voting systems and there's no need to spend an additional sum of money … [Read more...] about Congressional inaction on vote security puts onus on states
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Jun 04, 10:12 AM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Technology By IBTimes Staff Reporter 06/04/19 AT 9:50 AM In the era of technology and digitalization, cyber security threats are becoming more and more complex. Threats have evolved from simple computer attacks to complex strategies aimed at every device that is connected to a network, including printers, cars, home appliances, and basically every smart device such as - no surprise here - your iPhone.Do I need an Antivirus for my iPhone? Some argue that it’s not necessary to have an antivirus for iPhone devices due to their built-in security measures. However, considering the increase in third-party app stores and hackers figuring out more clever ways to access your phone, along with fact that more and more people are storing sensitive information such as credit card details on their devices, and the real threat of identity theft, the need for extra protection is … [Read more...] about Do iPhones Need Antivirus and Which Ones Are Best?
The bill known around the Minnesota Capitol as HAVA has become the cynics’ go-to metaphor for the 2019 Minnesota Legislature. What began the year as an example of the kind bill that the divided House and Senate could agree upon quickly, a so-called early win, is now the symbol of disagreement. More accurately, a symbol of inexplicable disagreement, at least on the surface. HAVA stands for the Help America Vote Act, a Congressional act first adopted after the Bush-Gore recount debacle of 2000 and renewed after revelations of Russian interference in the 2016 election. The federal law allocated $380 million to the states to beef up their election cyber security. Most states didn’t need legislative approval to spend the money — but Minnesota isn’t one of those states. Most states that did need approval have gotten it from their respective legislatures — but Minnesota isn’t one of those places either. A few states’ voting systems are known to have … [Read more...] about HAVA, Russian hackers and provisional ballots: How an ‘early win’ became a legislative quagmire
Rihanna is one of the most influential artists of this generation. She is the most successful artist in the history of Billboard’s Pop Songs Chart. The 31-year-old has also made her mark as a humanitarian and entrepreneur. Here’s a complete timeline of Rihanna’s biggest achievements and most iconic moments. At just 31 years old, Rihanna has already achieved icon status. Over the course of her relatively short career, Rihanna has positioned herself as one of the most influential artists of this generation. She is the most successful artist in the history of Billboard’s Pop Songs Chart – not to mention her already-lasting mark as a humanitarian and entrepreneur. Here’s a complete timeline of Rihanna’s biggest achievements and most iconic moments. As a child in Barbados, Rihanna reportedly used music to escape from “anxieties of a violent home life.” Rihanna – born Robyn Rihanna Fenty on February 20, 1988 – was … [Read more...] about The fabulous life of Rihanna, from her Barbados roots to 33 Grammy noms, and Fenty Beauty’s game-changing role in makeup
By Cat Zakrzewski The Washington Post Thu., Jan. 24, 2019 People who live in heartland states such as Kentucky and Indiana are most at risk in the United States of losing their jobs to robots or other artificial intelligence, according to a new report published Thursday from the Brookings Institution. U.S. President Donald Trump carried many of these states in the 2016 election with promises to improve job opportunities for these “forgotten” Americans he said were left behind as other parts of the country recovered from the 2008 financial crisis. But the think tank found an impending wave of artificial intelligence could disrupt jobs even more in these states. Repetitive tasks that involve processing information, performing physical activities or operating machinery will be the first to be replaced by artificial intelligence — which could hit manufacturing jobs hard. “The next 30 years and the transition from the computer era into the AI era … [Read more...] about Workers in heartland states most at risk of losing jobs to AI, new study finds