With all the talk of Russia influencing the election through the DNC hacks and fake news, we are finally realizing just how open the political process is to manipulation. One aspect that had taken a backseat until recently was how the votes themselves can be tampered with.
Over the last month, we have uncovered more and more information about just how severe the hacks were. At this stage, it is confirmed that 39 states had their voter registration databases accessed, although officials assume that attempts were made to break into all 50.
There was at least once incidence of voter data being altered, however it was detected and rectified without any long term damage. Almost 90,000 records were accessed and stolen from Illinois, 90% of which contained details such as drivers license numbers and the last for digits of an individuals’ Social Security number.
Officials are stating that these hacks didn’t influence the results of the election, as no databases were permanently changed. Some have suggested that the only reason the damage wasn’t worse is because US intelligence agencies caught onto the attacks and the Government issued Russia a stern warning.
Given that another country clearly had the chance to tamper with the voting process, it’s time to reevaluate our election security. How can we bolster our defenses to prevent further attacks? First, we need to understand which parts of the system are vulnerable.
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