Q&A Could Russian hackers mess with the U.S. election results? It wouldn't be easy; here's why

 

KENNESAW, Ga. (Sep 9, 2016) — The recent Russian hack into the Democratic National Committee’s computers and subsequent FBI warning that two states’ elections databases had been victims of cyberattacks are raising fears that a foreign power might penetrate U.S. systems and try to alter the outcome of November’s vote.

Though possible, such an unprecedented foreign election-day hacking would be hard to pull off, experts say.  ...

In recent months, hackers believed to be from Russia penetrated voter registration systems in Illinois and Arizona. They made off with personal data on about 200,000 people from the Illinois, forcing officials to close the registration system for 10 days, Yahoo News reported. The hacks spurred the FBI to issue a flash bulletin warning about the dangers of hacking.

“Those systems have some vulnerability because they are more connected to the Internet than voting systems,” said Merle S. King, executive director of the Center for Election Systems at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. “Hacking those systems and disrupting something would certainly satisfy the goal of undermining confidence in the election, but it would not alter the course of the election.” ...

Name of Publication:
The Los Angeles Times

Link to Article:
http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-election-hacking-security-20160908-snap-story.html



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