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Did we mention that an election is coming? The Wisconsin GOP has a problem. And there's more on the Ryuk outbreaks at hospitals. This is CyberScoop for Friday, October 30, 2020.

So much noise, so little time

Voters are bombarded with misinformation prior to Election Day in the form of social media posts, text messages, robocalls and tweets from President Trump and his campaign staffers. There also have been threatening emails traced to Iran, and recent reports of how a Russian agent sought to sway political opinion in the U.S. The good news is that academics have specific advice to sift through the noise. Triple check any sensational claims, they say, and be wary of claims of widespread voter fraud. Americans should also be ready to wait for election results, and avoid amplifying any sensational claims that seem to come from a “friend of a friend.” And remember: Every election security story is an infosec story. Shannon Vavra has a quick guide for the next week.

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Wisconsin GOP says it was hit by apparent BEC

Attackers digitally pilfered $2.3 million from the Republican Party of Wisconsin, according to its chairman, Andrew Hitt. He said the party first discovered the hack on Oct. 22 and that the FBI is investigating. The attack, as described, resembles a business email compromise (BEC) scam, with cybercriminals doctoring invoices in the name of party vendors. The money was dedicated to reelecting President Donald Trump in a crucial swing state. Tim Starks reports.

Ryuk has the health sector on high alert

There’s been a lot of hacking during the pandemic, but this is different: A day after U.S. federal agencies warned of an “imminent” ransomware threat to hospitals, hospital executives are being briefed on threat while the FBI is appealing for more victim data. Meanwhile, more hospitals in the U.S. are reporting IT network disruptions because of Ryuk. The criminal group responsible is ruthless and swift to lock up computers once inside a network. Sean Lyngaas reports.

Always look closely at the photo

If you see any campaign-related documents from a firm called Typhoon Investigations, it's a good idea to immediately question their veracity. An NBC News report Thursday evening explained all the bogus things about Typhoon, which has been peddling a conspiracy theory involving Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's son and activities in China. Part of the analysis involves a photo of "Martin Aspen," a fake security analyst associated with a 64-page document alleging the conspiracy. Among the details that analysts noticed: "Aspen's left iris juts out and appears to form a second pupil, a somewhat frequent error with computer-generated faces." Read more.

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