US Elections 2020: Election officials wary of possible cyber threat
Published on November 5, 2020 | News Source: ANI
Washington, Nov 5: Fearing a repetition of 2016 when the US became a victim of Russian interference, the American election officials are on high alert this year.
According to a report by The Hill, the election officials are cautiously declaring victory after no reports of major cyber incidents on Election Day. "After millions of Americans voted, we have no evidence any foreign adversary was capable of preventing Americans from voting or changing vote tallies," Christopher Krebs, the director of the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), was quoted as saying in a statement Wednesday.
The Hill further reported that the election officials at all levels of government have been hyper-focused on the security of the voting process since 2016, when the nation was caught off-guard by a sweeping and sophisticated Russian interference effort that included targeting election infrastructure in all 50 states, with Russian hackers gaining access to voter registration systems in Florida and Illinois.
"I think while it's fantastic that yesterday was quiet, that tells you that the work is paying off. But we know the nature of the threats in the cybersecurity landscape don't go away, and you don't get to say, 'Oh, we're good.' You see the commitment and the effort and that has to continue," Election Assistance Commission Chairman Benjamin Hovland, who was nominated by President Trump, told The Hill.
In 2018, President Donald Trump had signed a law legislation creating CISA, which has now become the main agency coordinating with state and local election officials on security issues.