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It's all about information right now: Who has it, who's trying to manipulate it, and what people are doing to catch untruths before they spread. Beyond the election, the feds just confiscated $1 billion (!) in bitcoin related to the defunct Silk Road dark web market. This is CyberScoop for Friday, Nov. 6, 2020.

Another kind of trickling down

When a group of pro-Trump protesters surrounded an election center in Arizona in the wee hours of Thursday morning, demonstrators chanted slogans echoing manufactured narratives amplified by right-wing social media users that the 2020 U.S. presidential election was somehow being stolen from President Donald Trump. There’s no evidence that’s the case — but the incident appears to be emblematic of how election disinformation propagated on social media can result in real-world action. The situation is raising questions about whether social media companies are doing enough to stop what researchers have described as an inevitable tidal wave of conspiracies expected in the coming days and weeks. Dive in with Shannon Vavra.

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How a pandemic prepped election officials for misinformation

More examples of how transparency can be the best antidote to hysteria: After months of explaining how elections would work during a pandemic, state and local officials are projecting confidence to the public by being open about their work. They are live-streaming the ballot-counting process and using social media to tamp down rumors. “A lot of those feeds, they’re very zen and they’re very calm, if not downright boring. And that's a good thing,” says one expert. Sean Lyngaas explains.

The *other* news in Georgia

The Georgia Democratic Party is suing Gov. Brian Kemp and one of the governor’s top aides over accusations Kemp made in 2018 that Democrats had “hacked” the state’s voter registration database. Kemp was Georgia's secretary of state at the time. Kemp “baselessly” alleged that the party was “under investigation for possible cyber crimes,” the suit says, just days before an election in which Kemp was the Republican nominee for governor, while also serving as the state’s top election official. The lawsuit also names his spokesperson at the time, Candice Broce, who now serves as chief operating officer in the governor’s office. StateScoop's Benjamin Freed has more.

The answer to a billion-dollar question

A hacker who had hijacked $1 billion in bitcoin from the Silk Road dark web market turned it over to the Department of Justice in what DOJ said was a record cryptocurrency seizure. Silk Road, a market for illegal drugs and other illicit goods, closed in 2013 and its founder was imprisoned in 2015. But a stuffed bitcoin wallet had for years since been a source of speculation, until watchers noticed a massive transfer earlier this week. Turns out it was DOJ that took it. Tim Starks tallies the DOJ haul.


How Microsoft is future-proofing against cyber risk

Microsoft is helping enterprise and government organizations prepare for long-term remote work and strong data protection by implementing zero trust concepts, says Ann Johnson, Corporate Vice President of Security, Compliance and Identity Business Development. Read more from Ann Johnson.

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