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Sponsors of Russia's meddling bots are funding another website

Vladimir Putin smiles at Trump, who looks at him over his podium.
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Russians have launched a new website that could be used to run influence campaigns in U.S. elections again, per the AP.

Between the lines: Although the editor of the new site, USAReally, says it’s not about influencing the midterms and that his journalists don’t use bots, the funding comes from the same sponsors who were behind the Russian troll factory that meddled in the 2016 U.S. election, and whose 13 members were indicted for that activity earlier this year.

Top election software maker admits it allowed some remote access

Backs of poll white poll booths are shown diagonally with American flags on them, with word "Vote"
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Election Systems and Software (ES&S) admitted to installing remote access software on election management systems sold to “a small number of customers between 2000 and 2006,” which could open it up to manipulation by a hacker. The admission came in a letter to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) obtained by Axios and first detailed by Kim Zetter in Motherboard.

Why it matters: Remote access meant those systems, which, among other tasks, have tabulated votes from voting machines, could have hypothetically been manipulated by a hacker.

Global warming poses "devastating" threat to the internet, study says

A flooded street after a storm at Turner Road in Scituate, Mass.
A flooded street after a coastal storm at Turner Road in Scituate, Mass. Credit: David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Parts of the infrastructure that forms the backbone of the Internet — from fiber optic cables to colocation facilities — is at risk of being flooded and knocked offline during the next few decades as a result of climate change-related sea level rise, according to a new study.

Why this matters: The study, by researchers at the University of Wisconsin and University of Oregon, concludes that sea level rise is not a far-off problem for the end of the century, but rather a "devastating" risk that the U.S. telecommunications industry faces in as little as the next 15 years.