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INCREASED CYBERSECURITY THREATS DURING COVID-19 VOTING PROCESS

INCREASED CYBERSECURITY THREATS DURING COVID-19 VOTING PROCESS
INCREASED CYBERSECURITY THREATS DURING COVID-19 VOTING PROCESS
With November elections approaching cybersecurity experts say there is a risk for phishing. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic many states have significantly decreased in person voting sites and replaced them with mail in votes. State and local public officials say they do not have the resources to deal with the dual process of voting. This is largely in part of funding going to support pandemic control measures for in person voting sites. Public officials predict that there will be historic turn out and participation this November election. Federal funding is necessary to increase cyber security. An npr.org article titled "With November Approaching, Election Officials Still Face Safety, Security Fears" state the following regarding cybersecurity threats:

"At the same time, the threat of foreign interference in the elections remains a concern, as it has been since the 2016 election. Intelligence officials continue to warn that foreign actors — especially Russia, China and Iran — are trying to disrupt this year's voting with disinformation and attempted cyberattacks."

"Evanina said that the diversity of election systems makes it difficult to "broadly disrupt or change vote tallies without detection." However, he added that adversaries are also using social media to "increase discord and to undermine confidence in our democratic process."

"Some government workers, Masterson noted, still share computer passwords and other credentials, and even use default passwords commonly known to outsiders. Masterson also warned that election workers continue to fall for phishing attacks that allow hackers to install malware, including ransomware that could paralyze Election Day operations."

"This November we're likely to see historic levels of turnout and participation," said Kristen Clarke of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a voter advocacy group. "If we don't provide the $3.6 billion that states need to institute proper reforms, I fear that we're bracing for a disaster."

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