Stories by Joe Uchill

DOJ files charges against Russian national for election interference

A collected images posted on social media to influence the 2016 election
A collection of Russian social media memes. Images: DOJ

The Department of Justice filed charges Friday against a Russian national named Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova for crimes related to interference in the 2016 presidential election through the 2018 midterms.

Why it matters: This is the Justice Department's first criminal case relating to alleged Russian interference in the 2018 midterm elections.

Many government agencies miss email security deadline

Email inbox
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A year ago, the Department of Homeland Security gave nearly all civil federal agencies 12 months to adopt an email security standard that prevents email fraud. In data as recent as Monday, 2 sets of researchers show that between a quarter and a half of those agencies' web domains failed to meet the Tuesday deadline.

Why it matters: Email was not designed to check whether a message claiming to be from an email address actually came from that address, and that's a big gap. Just imagine how much chaos an attacker could cause by sending fraudulent emails messages from "evacuation-warnings@EPA.gov." When properly set up, DMARC plugs that security hole.

The risks of the new U.S. cyber strategy

Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

The new cybersecurity strategy unveiled last month by the Department of Defense emphasizes agility, strength, and the ability to disrupt cyberattacks by hacking the attackers. In the coming months, we'll start to learn whether that makes the U.S. more secure, the world more chaotic, or both.

The big picture: The new strategy undoes Obama-era rules that required intra-agency discussions before cyber interventions and lowers the threshold for what warrants a response from U.S. hackers.