2018 Midterms Can’t Be Saved, But There’s Still Hope for 2020

2018 Midterms Can’t Be Saved, But There’s Still Hope for 2020

Election experts say it’s too late to stop Russian interference in the 2018 elections. Do you think we’re more protected this time around?

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Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. These are all the states that were targeted in the cyberattacks of 2016, according to the Department of Homeland Security. That’s a total of 21 states.

The 2018 Midterms are coming up and according to Newsweek, election experts say it is a little too late in stopping Russian interference now. In all seriousness, we are told that these kinds of things take time.

Action that had been taken to prevent further attacks and interference by lawmakers and federal officials took months to process; at times even longer. And therefore, it has come down to the conclusion that most federal assistance didn’t arrive in time to guard the midterm elections.

According to a source, the cyberattacks are still a present danger, including aggressive spear-phishing campaigns against specific people. Four Democratic candidates have already been targeted, dating back to the middle of last year.

At the end of March of this year, Congress allocated funds of $380 million to states in efforts to strengthen the security of their election systems. One of the states, California, already started to upgrade software, replace hardware and offer more cybersecurity training for election officials. Election and cybersecurity experts note that the best solution to guaranteeing an accurate election is a paper trail. Therefore, California has already required one for each vote.

As technology has encompassed every aspect of daily life, it makes it easy for various cyberattacks and hacking attempts. Now states and lawmakers are looking to old fashioned ways of securing accuracy of the vote: good old paper.

Although states have already been implementing better voter security and software programs, it is still a little too late to stand protected for the 2018 Midterms. Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson claims that Russia had already entered some of the state’s county voter systems, allowing it free access to “move about.” Local, state and federal agencies, however, state that there had been no evidence of a Russian cyber invasion.

Cybersecurity expert Adrien Gendre at Vade Secure, highlights the importance of email being a priority in securing elections. And although midterms might not be in any way more susceptible to cyberattacks, these new measures came in too late in the game to prove effective.

Chris Cummiskey, who previously worked for the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity division, stressed that, “Unless you send in hunt teams from DHS or NSA to actually go in and do the assessments and scanning, most states would never know if they were penetrated. That’s the most dangerous aspect of what we’re seeing for 2018,”

Most of the cybersecurity experts are on the same page, highlighting the fact that they must get started now to make it in time for 2020. Read more about this story on Newsweekhere.


Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

Election experts say it’s too late to stop Russian interference in the 2018 elections. Do you think we’re more protected this time around?

Totals
64% Absolutely, secure
36% No, too late
Males
73% Absolutely, secure
26% No, too late
Females
45% Absolutely, secure
55% No, too late

Absolutely, secure

No, too late

2018 Midterms Can’t Be Saved, But There’s Still Hope for 2020


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