Leading up to this year’s midterm election, scores of U.S. senators, intelligence officials, and security experts were sounding the alarm: do nothing, and what happened in 2016 will happen again. “We know foreign adversaries are still targeting our upcoming elections,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar in a letter dated May 9. “The open question is, how serious are we about preventing it from happening again?” The wide-ranging campaign carried out by the government of Russia, in concert with other non-governmental entities, to influence the 2016 presidential election shocked the U.S. political and media establishment. It exposed vulnerabilities seemingly everywhere, from social media, where foreign operatives ginned up division on Facebook, to the political parties, where top officials’ emails were hacked and released, to the infrastructure of the voting process itself, which experts worried was weak and could be manipulated. Klobuchar and other lawmakers … [Read more...] about The 2018 midterm elections weren’t marred by foreign meddling. That doesn’t mean the U.S. election system is secure
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The Department of Homeland Security is preparing to deal with potential hacks and other threats on Election Day. It has set up a virtual war room to help quickly communicate and respond to any cybersecurity challenges, partnering with the FBI, state and local election officials, and representatives from the Democratic and Republican National Committees. On "CBS This Morning" Monday, the under-secretary for the department's National Protection and Programs Directorate, Christopher Krebs, warned that while American officials are working to protect U.S. election systems, there are ongoing disinformation campaigns aimed at causing distrust about the security of our vote. "We have seen, over the last couple years in particular, Russia be very adept at using information operations and influence campaigns," Krebs said. "Right now, there is a lot of noise out there, and a lot of it's garbage." Pointing to the Internet Research Agency, a Russia-based social media troll farm, and RT and … [Read more...] about DHS: Lot of “noise, garbage” from Russian media about compromised U.S. election systems
Health 2018 MidtermsThe 2016 U.S. election was so stressful that some young adults experienced symptoms after the event similar to those often seen in people with post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a study published in the Journal of American College Health.A team of researchers led by Melissa Hagan, an assistant professor of psychology at San Francisco State University, wanted to understand what kind of impact the election had on people's lives after noticing that many of their own students seemed deeply affected by the campaign."I taught two classes the day after the election; one undergraduate class and one graduate class," Hagan told Newsweek. "In both classes, students were visibly upset, with some crying. My colleagues and I were also aware polls and surveys reported on in the media were showing that many Americans rated the election and the political environment as a significant source of stress."We were interested in whether for some people, … [Read more...] about 2016 U.S. Election: Some College Students Suffered PTSD-Like Symptoms After ‘Traumatic’ Campaign
The US intelligence community has concluded there is no doubt the Russians meddled in the 2016 US presidential election, leaking stolen e-mails and inflaming tensions on social media. While Congress and Special Counsel Robert Mueller investigate Russian interference, including whether the campaign of Donald Trump colluded with Russia, we focused on one vector of the attack on American democracy: the sweeping cyber assault on state voting systems that US intelligence tied to the Russian government. You're about to hear what happened from the frontline soldiers of a cyberwar that was fought largely out of public view. As we first reported in April, it took place on digital battlegrounds in states throughout the country. The first shots were fired here in Illinois, not far from downtown Springfield, in a nondescript shopping center, the kind you'll find anywhere in the United States. There, in a repurposed supermarket, is the headquarters of the Illinois … [Read more...] about What happened when Russian hackers targeted the U.S. election infrastructure?
FBI Director Christopher Wray reaffirmed in public remarks what his peers in the intelligence community have been saying over the past three days about Russia's interference in the 2016 election and ongoing efforts: "The intelligence community's assessment has not changed, my view has not changed – which is that Russia attempted to interfere [in the past election] and continues to engage in malign influence operations to this day," he said, during a conversation with NBC's Lester Holt at the Aspen Security Forum Wednesday. Wray also covered a variety of topics – candidly and with a number of laugh lines thrown in – whose highlights are as follows: He dismissed the idea that the FBI would consider Russian President Vladimir Putin's offer to allow U.S. agents to travel to Russia to interrogate indicted individuals "Not high on our list of investigative techniques," he quipped. On the topic of the special counsel's investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. election … [Read more...] about FBI Director Christopher Wray reaffirms Russia continues to try to meddle in U.S. elections