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Monday Brief for 7 June 2021
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Monday Brief for 7 June 2021

A ransomware reorg; DC and Beijing toe the tech line; and Microsoft tests election security

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Tech Terms

Malware (mal·ware)software that is specifically designed to disrupt, damage, or gain unauthorized access to a computer system.

An Incremental Improvement on Ransomware

What’s New: The Department of Justice (DOJ) is organizing ransomware investigations like terrorism cases, according to an internal memo reviewed by Reuters.

Why This Matters: The use of terrorism protocols suggests the federal government is prioritizing ransomware attacks and is preparing a more coordinated and comprehensive response in the wake of the attacks on the Colonial oil pipeline and JBS SA’s beef plants.

The Innovation Race Has Officially Started

What’s New: China’s President Xi Jinping told the nation’s science and technology leaders they must be prepared for “unprecedented” technological competition with the United States and that this will be “the main battleground” between the two powers, according to the South China Morning Post.

Why This Matters: Xi is correct.

Microsoft Advances Vote Tracking Software

What’s New: Microsoft’s ElectionGuard software will soon be piloted in Hart InterCivic voting machines — one the U.S.’s three major voting machine vendors, according to Wired Magazine.

Why This Matters: Trust in national elections is eroding on both sides of the political aisle.

Let’s Get Visual

Image: Visual Capitalist

Nerd Humor

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Klon Kitchen is a managing director at Beacon Global Strategies and a nonresident senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.