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It wasn't the high-profile announcement everyone is waiting for, but Joe Biden has added another member to his campaign. The Secret Service undergoes a re-organization. And how disinformation researchers actually do their job. This is CyberScoop for Friday, July 10.

Biden staffs up on cybersecurity

Four months from Election Day, the Biden campaign has hired Chris DeRusha, who served as an Obama administration White House cybersecurity adviser, as its CISO. DeRusha was most recently a security official for the State of Michigan, and he will have his work cut out for him. U.S. officials have repeatedly warned that Russia, China and other foreign governments will try to interfere in the election. The Biden campaign has also brought on software engineer Jacky Chang as CTO. Sean Lyngaas has more context.

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If only someone could have seen this coming...

Zoom is rushing to address a previously unknown bug in the company’s software just revealed by researchers. The vulnerability, which applies to systems running Windows 7 and older software, could allow a hacker to remotely commandeer a computer. It’s the latest security challenge for Zoom, and news of the issue comes after Luta Security, a vulnerability management firm, said it would "disengage" from Zoom amid ongoing questions about how the videoconferencing company protects its users. Sean has more.

Musical chairs at Secret Service

The Secret Service is combining its Electronic Crimes Task Forces and Financial Crimes Task Forces into one unified network, the agency said. The move comes amid a recognition that cybercrime and financial crime are inextricably linked. It also comes months after the Secret Service launched an effort to modernize its investigations into financially-motivated cybercriminal activity, as CyberScoop first reported. The reorganization is happening as the Secret Service faces a possible migration to the Treasury Department. Shannon Vavra has more.

If it walks like a bot and talks like a bot, you still need proof

Content alone, even if there's a lot of it, doesn't prove that a social media account is connected to a foreign influence operation, researchers said during a virtual summit hosted by Twitter and the Carnegie Partnership for Countering Influence Operations. Specialists from Graphika, Stanford University and the Digital Forensics Research Lab urged investigators to sway on the side of caution when examining possible propaganda. The messaging in tweets or Facebook posts, for instance, should be combined with web registration data, IP addresses and phone numbers whenever possible. It's all part of an effort to avoid creating even more confusion when trying to expose shadowy public relations. "We've got a blending of organic activism and operations and a blending of political motives," said Kate Starbird, of the University of Washington. "It's only getting harder." We've covered it before.

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