Oct 31, 2018

U.S. states missing on-site election risk assessments

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21 states in the U.S. have completed or are scheduled to complete on-site risk and vulnerability assessments of their election systems through the Department of Homeland Security, first reported by ABC News, and since confirmed to Axios by a DHS official.

The big picture: 36 states have completed remote cyber hygiene scans through DHS, the official said, and several states have also chosen to use private sector tools to scan for vulnerabilities in election systems as opposed to tapping into federal resources. All 50 states are participating in sharing election-related threats through the election infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EI-ISAC).

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Catch up on today's biggest news:

  1. Scoop: New White House personnel chief tells Cabinet liaisons to target Never Trumpers
  2. Trump misrepresents 2020 Russia briefing as Democratic "misinformation"
  3. Bernie Sanders takes aim at Bloomberg: "Trump will chew him up and spit him out"
  4. Nearly half of Republicans support pardoning Roger Stone
  5. Scoop: Lyft acquires cartop advertising startup Halo Cars

Sanders takes aim at Bloomberg: "Trump will chew him up and spit him out"

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Bernie Sanders told CBS "60 Minutes" that he was surprised by Mike Bloomberg's lackluster performance at Wednesday's Democratic debate.

What he's saying: "If that's what happened in a Democratic debate, you know, I think it's quite likely that Trump will chew him up and spit him out."

Scoop: Lyft acquires cartop advertising startup Halo Cars

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Lyft has acquired Halo Cars, a small startup that lets ride-hailing drivers earn money via ad displays mounted atop their cars. Lyft confirmed the deal but declined to share any details.

Why it matters: Ride-hailing companies are increasingly eyeing additional ways to generate revenue, and Lyft rival Uber has been quietly testing a partnership with New York-based Cargo that gives it a cut of the advertising revenue, as I previously reported.