DHS Detects Increasing Hacking Attempts Of Election Infrastructure

Secretary of State Bernie Buescher will join state Representative Joe Miklosi (D-Denver) and Denver Clerk and Recorder Stephanie O’Malley to release another option for voter registration to high school juniors and seniors. Hyoung Chang/ The Denver Post
Secretary of State Bernie Buescher joined state Representative Joe Miklosi (D-Denver) and Denver Clerk and Recorder Stephanie O'Malley to release another option for voter registration to high school juniors and senio... Secretary of State Bernie Buescher joined state Representative Joe Miklosi (D-Denver) and Denver Clerk and Recorder Stephanie O'Malley to release another option for voter registration to high school juniors and seniors on Tuesday. Thomas Jefferson High School students are registering on online for voting. Hyoung Chang/ The Denver Post (Photo By Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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October 16, 2018 7:58 a.m.

The Department of Homeland Security says it has identified and thwarted a growing number of threats to election databases nationwide, and is working to identify the origin of the attempted hacks, according to a Monday NBC News report.

“Numerous actors are regularly targeting election infrastructure, likely for different purposes, including to cause disruptive effects, steal sensitive data, and undermine confidence in the election,” said an intelligence assessment obtained by NBC News.

Though it is not yet clear who or what is behind the attacks, the DHS is also keeping tabs on Russia and China.

Russia is reportedly trying to disrupt the midterms in a less aggressive way than it did the 2016 presidential election, limiting itself to trying to trick voters with false information from hackers posing as Americans.

Per NBC News, China is sticking to more traditional propaganda to sway American minds, though DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says she has not seen any Chinese attempts to “compromise election infrastructure.”

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