Securing the 2020 Election: ‘We’re not out of the woods yet’
Election Day in the US followed an unprecedented season of security alerts, disinformation campaigns, and speculation as to how foreign actors could interfere in the 2020 presidential race. While Nov. 3 has been relatively calm so far, we’re not out of the woods yet, a senior Cybersecurity Infrastructure and Security Agency (CISA) official said in a news briefing.
“At this point, this just looks like any other Election Day … even just another Tuesday,” the official said. There has so far been no sign of foreign adversaries successfully compromising or affecting votes cast in the election.
But the process is only getting started. One senior CISA official likened today to “halftime,” warning there may still be efforts to interfere with this election in days and weeks to come. Today saw some instances of disinformation targeting voters in specific states, as well as a few technical glitches that forced some polling places to fall back on their paper pollbooks.
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