Washington,sanfranciscoNovember 8 – US officials have not detected any credible threats targeting the nation’s voting machines or voter registries during Tuesday’s midterm election, a senior federal cybersecurity official said.
“There is no specific or credible threat that could cause disruption to the electoral infrastructure,” the official told reporters during a briefing just before the election.
The official, who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity, said that does not mean there will be no setbacks.
For example, officials in New Jersey’s Mercer County said on their Facebook page that there were “problems with the voting machines” and that polling workers were available to assist voters.
“We see problems every election day,” the official said in simple terms. “Such events shall not affect a person’s ability to cast a vote or to know that their vote was correctly counted.”
Election security has become a major issue in the United States after officials discovered that Russia interfered in the 2016 election with a hacking and propaganda campaign aimed at harming Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning against Donald Trump.
Infrastructure Security and Cyber Security Agency (CISAIt has set up an Election Day Operations Center with partners from the public and private sectors across the country to monitor the elections, it said in a statement on Monday.
Senior security adviser Kim Wyman said, “In recent years, election officials have had to deal with increasing propaganda from foreign opponents, which can create confusion about election infrastructure and undermine voter confidence in the process.” Is.” CISAIn a statement last week.
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And with 8,800 electoral jurisdictions across the country, somewhere something will go wrong. Innocuous can look nefarious”, he said.