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Social media and misinformation: It’s a game of whack-a-mole

Social media companies are fighting an expensive and increasingly complex battle against Russian trolls who are using catchy memes, bots and fake accounts to influence elections and sow discord in …


Can a sitting president be indicted while in office?

For the first time, prosecutors have tied President Donald Trump to a federal crime, accusing him of directing illegal hush-money payments to women during his presidential campaign in 2016.


Google tightens political ad rules ahead of Europe elections

Google said Thursday it’s expanding stricter political advertising requirements to the European Union as part of efforts to curb misinformation and increase transparency ahead of the bloc’s elections next year.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 19, 2018

Russian woman charged with U.S. election interference

The U.S. accused a Russian woman Friday of conspiring in a sweeping effort to sway American public opinion through social media in the first federal case alleging foreign interference in …


Russian meddling abroad: Does Vladimir Putin pull all the strings?

As alleged Russian plots, conspiracies and crimes unfold against the West, prosecutors and pundits routinely blame Vladimir Putin or a circle of Kremlin insiders said to be acting on direct …


As Trump threatens election meddlers, Russia says ‘so what?’

President Donald Trump is finally making moves against foreign election meddling – and Russia says it couldn’t care less.


Facebook, Twitter pledge to defend against foreign intrusion

Facebook and Twitter executives assured Congress on Wednesday that they are aggressively working to root out foreign attempts to sow discord in America, and they pledged to better protect their …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018

DNC says it thwarted hacking attempt on its voter database

The Democratic National Committee says it has thwarted an attempt to hack its database that houses information on tens of millions of voters across the country.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 2, 2018

White House asserts ‘vast’ effort to protect elections

Responding to wide-ranging criticism that it lacked a clear national strategy to protect U.S. elections, the Trump administration put on a show of force Thursday and said the president had …


UPDATED: Sat., June 2, 2018

Report: Trump lawyers’ letter to Mueller challenges subpoena

President Donald Trump’s lawyers composed a secret 20-page letter to special counsel Robert Mueller to assert that he cannot be forced to testify while arguing that he could not have …


Oregon seeks to protect state election system from Russia

The state office in charge of Oregon’s elections was granted funding from the Legislature for an internet security position to protect against Russian government interference and hacking by others, officials …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 20, 2018

Attorney charged in Russia probe admits he lied to Mueller’s federal agents

An attorney linked to a former Trump campaign official admitted Tuesday he lied to federal investigators working for special counsel Robert Mueller.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 17, 2018

Trump adviser: Russian meddling ‘incontrovertible’

President Donald Trump’s national security adviser said Saturday there was “incontrovertible” evidence of a Russian plot to disrupt the 2016 U.S. election, a blunt statement that shows how significantly the …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 5, 2018

GOP senators target dossier author in criminal referral

Two Republican senators have made the first known criminal referral in congressional investigations of


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 9, 2017

Putin: Russian doping scandals could be U.S. election meddling

President Vladimir Putin is suggesting that a recent flurry of Russian sports doping allegations could be an American attempt to interfere in next year’s Russian presidential election. On Thursday, four …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 2, 2017

Russian election meddling: Should tech giants have known?

There were telltale signs of Russians using social media to meddle in last year’s U.S. elections long before tech companies wised up to it.