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Election Security

June 5, 2019
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Online activity by Russian trolls in the lead-up to the 2016 election was significantly more widespread than initially estimated, cybersecurity firm Symantec concluded.

Symantec announced their findings following the analysis of a dataset released by Twitter in October 2018. The data, consisting of 3,900 accounts and 10 million tweets linked to a Russian company known as the Internet...

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March 25, 2019
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The U.S. Defense Department Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has announced that it is building a secure voting system.

The $10 million voting system project aims to secure voting machines from hacking. With externally verifiable results, the project would help deter vote tampering and/or manipulation. The agency is working with a computer science and research firm called Galois, which develops secure systems for other government agencies...

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February 18, 2019
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A new report revealed that two federal task forces committed to securing the 2020 elections lost resources and personnel–both budgets drastically reduced by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Both task forces were part of the Cyber Security and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) and were formed in response to Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

“One of the task forces is now half the size it was a few months ago… [t]he other task force also shrank significantly...

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January 4, 2019
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When the North Carolina State Board of Elections and Ethics voted against certifying Republican Mark Harris as the winner over Democrat Dan McCready in the state's 9th Congressional District, it may have done the...

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December 26, 2018
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This midterm election, a steady flow of headlines and heated controversy focused not on political leanings or flipping seats (at least directly), but rather on the security and integrity of the voting process itself.

Russian interference in the 2016 election and increasing awareness of the vulnerability to hackers of virtually any computerized system led to a scramble for U.S. election officials to attempt to secure outdated, unreliable voting information systems and to provide some...

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October 26, 2018
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One of the most discussed topics of this year’s election cycle is how best to protect the elections themselves from hackers and other outside influence.

Following the multitude of hacks, leaked emails,...

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October 24, 2018
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The idea of a “security blanket” is just that—an idea. While it affords comfort, that feeling of implied safety enjoys none of the benefits of fact. In the realm of election security, facts are the only thing that matters.

The security blanket for the past five years has been the idea that voting machines are not connected to the internet, so votes can’t be changed.

This is a true statement, in the literal sense. Unfortunately, the machines are not always as safe as we may...

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