Posts tagged News 3
States slow to spend funds to enhance election security, report finds

New York (CNN) - US states and territories given $380 million in combined federal funds for election upgrades last year only spent 8.1% of that money in the first six months it was available, the agency responsible for distributing the funds said on Thursday.

That money was distributed as part of a 2018 bill, which was passed after Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen warned it is a "national security concern" that US elections can't be audited with paper ballots.

Security experts have in recent years called for major elections to have a physical paper trail so a trustworthy audit can be performed.

Read More
NewsNews 3
Experts: Elections commission downplaying unseen risks to 2020 vote

Cybersecurity and election experts say a key federal body that oversees elections is downplaying hidden dangers in voting systems — software and foreign-made parts that adversaries could subvert to hack U.S. elections.

Electronic parts from China or computer components and systems assembled overseas are recognized risks in a range of critical U.S. industries. But election security experts say the chairman of the Election Assistance Commission has given an unmerited rosy view of these problems to lawmakers and the public when it comes to voting machines.

Read More
NewsNews 3
The Crisis of Election Security

It was mid-July 2016 when Neil Jenkins learned that someone had hacked the Illinois Board of Elections. Jenkins was a director in the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications at the Department of Homeland Security, the domestic agency with a congressional mandate to protect “critical infrastructure.” Although election systems were not yet formally designated as such — that wouldn’t happen until January 2017 — it was increasingly clear that the presidential election was becoming a national-security issue. 

Read More
NewsNews 3