More on hacking. This time we discover that the entire election process for the leader of the most powerful nation in the world is unprotected. This not only leaves the door wide open to malcontents on couches in basements across America, but also for hostile nation states to mess with the results and the possibility of the scenario where the outcome is challenged after all votes have been counted. Whichever way you look at it, it’s all screwed up. As we keep saying it’s time to use HDR anti-malware, but no one is listening.
The FBI has issued an alert that foreign hackers breached two local state election databases in Arizona and Illinois:
The FBI bulletin listed eight separate IP addresses that were the sources of the two attacks and suggested that the attacks may have been linked, noting that one of the IP addresses was used in both intrusions. The bulletin implied that the bureau was looking for any signs that the attacks may have been attempting to target even more than the two states. “The FBI is requesting that states contact their Board of Elections and determine if any similar activity to their logs, both inbound and outbound, has been detected,” the alert reads. “Attempts should not be made to touch or ping the IP addresses directly.”
In the case of the Illinois hack, officials were forced to shut down the state’s voter registration system for 10 days after hackers obtained the personal information of 200,000 voters. They were not successful in obtaining any information in the Arizona hack.
According to cybersecurity experts, one of the IP addresses listed in the FBI alert has been seen before in Russian criminal underground hacker forums.
Additionally, while the possibility of a cyberattack large enough to disrupt the November election is said to be “remote,” they admit it’s not out of the question. (It is absolutely not out of the question! They are deluding themselves if they think Russia, China, North Korea and the Islamic cyber terrorists won’t be interested in affecting the outcome of the November elections!)
U.S. officials have recently pressured the Department of Homeland Security to formally designate state election systems as “critical infrastructure,” which would allow state election officials to request federal assistance to protect their voting systems. The designation is “under consideration,” according to a DHS spokesman. This is bureaucrat speak for we don’t see any problem, move along, please although Jeh Johnson made noise about treating it as critical infrastructure.
“We should carefully consider whether our election system, our election process, is critical infrastructure like the financial sector, like the power grid,” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said.
“There’s a vital national interest in our election process, so I do think we need to consider whether it should be considered by my department and others critical infrastructure,” he said at media conference earlier this month hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.