Bonk me if this has been posted elsewhere…(probably in Mueller pit thread). Can’t believe I’m actually using the “b” word, but there’s a bipartisan probe into election cyber-security, and a couple nights ago Judy Woodruff talked to the Madame Tussaud-like automaton James Lankford (Oklahoma - R) (manoMAN what a stuffed shirt that dude is) and the super-swell Amy Klobuchar (Minnesota - D) about their recent efforts on a bill proposing better sharing of information between state election officials, to designate a state representative to get any classified information, to provide for resources to scan for vulnerabilities, and to get the right election equipment.
Klobuchar went on to say that 42 states still have yet to upgrade their election equipment in over a decade, and that Russia knows it.
Lankford proferred that after an election, there should be an option to audit if there’s sufficient reason to believe that some outside entity might have tampered in any way with the election, to find a means to verify if there was any cyber attack.
The crummy news is that not much cyber-security can get fully realised by November, but Lankford seems quite confident that by 2020 the DHS will have fully engaged with the states enough to ramp up electoral security. (whether I can take that at face value I guess is another question)
Kobluchar mentioned the need for money (and pronto) for screening for vulnerabilities in the states’ existing equipment.
One of the challenges Lankford feels they’re facing is that 12 states cannot audit elections, so if they got hacked, there’s no mechanism in place to find that out.