Battleground states prime point of digital attacks to delay election results

In a normal election cycle, battleground states are prime areas to win or lose an election. Yet as election campaigning, electoral fund raising, and even voting itself has gone digital, the ease by which people can use has not been matched by security.

This is due to systematic denial of funds by CTOs and CIOs to digital security for both campaigns as well as Federal and local digital cyber agencies. Can the USA prevent cyber attack interference in key battleground states in this election cycle.

Just as 3D printing has evolved to make guns and will evolve further, electronic manipulation of voting machines has evolved further- but security budgets and priorities have not. What about Postal ballots? Can they be tampered or intercepted with.

Who benefits when doubt is sown in the minds of voters? As Al Gore. He invented the internet.

Who benefits when a few districts in Ohio show electronic tampering?

Quo Vadis? (Where are you going?) Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? (Who guards the guardians)

Rumours on rigging would just use the algorithm (dīvide et īmpera) and if backed even by a few slivers of actual cyber attacks and tampering would undermine it even more. Yes there is no way to protect ALL the voting systems so its cyber football game of interception – and the current lack of big time offensive weapons  as rebuttal in cyber attacks makes remote attacks on election systems both possible and plausible.

there are 9,000 jurisdictions in the United States that have a hand in carrying out the balloting, many of them with different ways of collecting, tallying and reporting votes.

(sighs and goes back to watching the Olympics)

Author: Ajay Ohri

http://about.me/ajayohri

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