Cyber-attacks could be launched on before and after Election Day – security experts has warned.
The US government departments and white house believe that cyber-attack could occur on a poll day and lead to unprecedented operation – intelligence told that any manipulating voting will be viewed as a serious breach.
The white house and homeland security departments including CIA, Security Agency are spearheading the efforts for counter-cyber-attacks. The department said that they do three things against cyber-attack: the first thing is to defend the attack the second thing is to make it public to save others and a third one is the respond and it should be proportional.
The officials said that leakage of stolen documents and making them public is not a spy movie – it is done in real life through Russian intelligence and we expect it will also be here.
An unnamed white house official also said: we have all the tools to respond any kind of attack. It is feared that hackers could possibly shut down the grid stations or internet servers. The fear is at rising over Election Day – they will target the online sites which took down popular websites including Netflix, and eBay as well.
Tamper with voting: Hackers possibly try to attack the voting systems to intercept the vote or system could inject the fake vote casts by fake identities – there are limited states that are allowing online voting. The hackers may try to DDOS attack to make ballot paper unreadable. But the fact is that these attacks need a lot of efforts.
The US government believes that Russian government will attempt hacking and influence the Election earlier this year – the officials also said they don’t have any confirmation of executed plan and even the hint – the people have confidence in Election System.
Mr. Donald Trump praised Putin and said if he was elected then he would meet Russian President whereas Putin complement is outstanding and talented where Obama said it was unprecedented in American policies.
Joe Hall said the election administrators are trained and working for election run not to save the computer – the Reid wrote that the threat of Russian government cyber-attack on Election Day was at a peak and may include false results.
In Election 2014, the Ukrainian president election the same attack occurred and that group were also associated with Russia government that displayed the updates and displayed the winner 12 minutes before the polls end. The Ukrainian report said we can’t underestimate the power of hackers especially for those who want to change the nation political process.
The US Election Commission said in a statement that threats are at extreme and we are not taking them lightly and doing efforts – the risk is voter registration system that is connected via the internet but it is monitoring and have software that regularly aware new threat but voting system is not connected to the internet they are safe and has been monitored.