Yikes. This plus what we’ve seen on the network news makes us think our vote may not matter…
Can the vote really be hacked? Here’s what you need to know
SEARCH FOR SOLUTIONS The Democratic National Committee breach and FBI warnings of hackers tampering with election boards has some officials on edge. But simple fixes could further safeguard the vote.
By Jaikumar Vijayan, Contributor SEPTEMBER 14, 2016
Recent cyberattacks on state voter databases and the Democratic National Committee are raising fresh concerns that hackers could manipulate the upcoming presidential election.
In Washington on Tuesday, Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R) of Georgia said, “Rightly, we should be concerned about the integrity of our election system,” during a congressional hearing in which lawmakers quizzed officials about the potential flaws at US polls.
Indeed, the DNC hack and data dump, which cybersecurity experts and unnamed US officials have blamed on Russian operatives, and the recent FBI warning that unknown hackers tampered with state board of elections in Illinois and Arizona have surfaced troubling questions about the mechanics and processes that underpin American democracy.
But should Americans really be concerned that hackers could tamper with – or even tip – the upcoming presidential vote? And if that’s even possible, what are the precautions that election officials and law enforcement are taking to protect the vote?
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