FoxNews.com obtained a report from the Department of Homeland Security that shows hackers have the ability to “manipulate unofficial election night data” as well as “impact the ability of voters to cast ballots on Election Day.”
The intelligence assessment from September 20th states the following:
“We assess multiple elements of US election infrastructure are potentially vulnerable to cyber intrusions. The risk to US computer-enabled election systems varies from county to county between types of devices used, and among processes used by polling stations.”
“Targeted intrusions against individual voter registration databases, however, are possible. Additionally, with illicit access, manipulation of voter data, or disruptions to their availability, may impact a voter’s ability to vote on Election Day.”
The DHS report, titled “Cyber Threats and Vulnerabilities to US Election Infrastructure,” cautions that “Vulnerabilities in the public-facing Internet portion could be used to display inaccurate vote results to the public and media. Election Day results are not the official results of the state or local jurisdiction.”
The DHS report went on to say that tampering can be detected and stopped quickly.
“In addition, local election officials, media organizations, and political campaigns carefully monitor local voting patterns, particularly in electorally significant jurisdictions, and are likely to detect and begin investigating potential anomalies quickly.”
FoxNews.com talked to Kay Stimson, spokeswoman for the National Association of Secretaries of State, who said that they are taking “every precaution and using all resources” to address any potential issues that have the ability to impact this election.
“At this point there are no reports of critical or specific threats reported by our federal partners and no issues reported up from state or local level.”
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