Ransomwear Targets US Voting Infrastructure

Ransomwear Targets US Voting Infrastructure

Early voting is underway in a number of states and thousands of Americans have already cast their ballots for the 2020 election. This is expected to be a eventful election as topics like social unrest, the coronavirus pandemic, and the state of the US economy sit heavy on voters minds. I recently read that ransomwear may be a legitimate source of election interference this year. Malicious software may target voting machines to disrupt citizens ability to vote. However, this seems to be a relatively small attack vector as many of these machines are not networked. A more likely target are the systems used to tally votes and report the results. Recently, Microsoft disrupted a massive hacking operation that was targeted at the US voting infrastructure. Scary stuff!

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