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How Russian hackers could disrupt the U.S. election

October 24th 2016 - 11:10

As U.S. officials explore whether Russia is trying to tamper with the presidential election, states are grappling with how to secure their systems and prevent cyberattacks between now and Election Day.

Arizona and Illinois have already experienced attempted hacks of their voter databases and last week, U.S. officials said they are expanding their inquiry because investigators believe additional states have also seen hackers successfully probe their election systems. Officials have not publicly said yet who they believe was behind the Arizona and Illinois breaches, but as was the case with the Democratic National Committee (DNC) hack, Russia is suspected to be responsible.

 

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Dr. Alexander Klimburg is Director of the GCSC Initiative and Secretariat, Director Cyber Policy and Resilience Program at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, and a former associate and former research fellow of the Science Technology and Public Policy Program and Cyber Security Project at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center. Dr. Klimburg is also a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council, and an associate fellow at the Austrian Institute of European and Security Policy.