Recount in Wisconsin Unlikely to Reveal Vote System Fraud, Hacking

Today's topics include an analysis of why a recount of presidential election votes in Wisconsin is unlikely to reveal evidence of vote system hacking, how Mimecast is bringing enterprise Email Protection to Office 365, Google's updated Sites web page creation tool and a report that point of sale cyber-attacks have declined while email spam distribution has increased.

Defeated Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign organization has decided to support Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein's request for a recount of election results in the state of Wisconsin.

Clinton and Stein are not requesting the recount in hopes that it will overturn Republican Donald Trump's victory in Wisconsin. But they want to see if the recount will reveal any evident of vote system hacking or tampering.

What's remarkable is this recount isn't based on a supposition that there was some kind of malfeasance or even just bad counting. Instead, Stein is basing her request on the supposition by a group of computer scientists that the election in Wisconsin could have been hacked.

Fresh off a major milestone, Mimecast is ramping up its efforts to protect Office 365 customers from attackers whose weapon of choice is email.

The company just celebrated the one-year anniversary of its initial public offering and mirroring the rise of advanced email threats, its business is growing rapidly.

"A couple of things have aligned in an exciting way," Ed Jennings, chief operating officer at the Microsoft Exchange email management and protection specialist, told eWEEK. Earlier this month, Mimecast reported a 29-percent year-on-year increase in revenue to $44.4 million (GAAP) during its second quarter fiscal 2017.

Google this week introduced a completely revamped version of its Google Sites enterprise webpage and wiki-creation tool.

The new version of the tool, which Google has previously described as one of its most popular enterprise products, is designed to make it easier for employees to create and share content within the enterprise via team websites.

The revamped Google Sites is also designed to let employees work with and insert content from the Google tools they use the most.

During the 2013 holiday season, U.S retailer Target revealed that it was the victim of a massive data breach, triggered in part by Point-of-Sale (POS) malware.

In 2014 and 2015, POS malware was identified as a major issue impacting hundreds of retailers, but now in 2016 according to new data from SonicWall provided to eWEEK, it appears as though POS malware might be on the decline.

According to data collected from the SonicWall Threat Intelligence Global Response Intelligent Defense (GRID) Network, there has been a 92 percent decline in POS-based attacks since 2014. While POS malware is on the decline, SonicWall is seeing a 110 percent increase in spam volume for 2016 in comparison to 2015.

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