Election Hacking Thread


From Five Thirty Eight. Highly recommended! Read the whole thing, it’s great.

But what worries election security watchers most is that the U.S. isn’t being proactive enough in its work against state-sponsored hackers targeting the country’s election systems and political organizations. In February 2018, Adm. Mike Rogers, the head of the National Security Agency and Cyber Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he had not been instructed by President Trump or Defense Secretary James Mattis to go after Russian hackers at their point of origin. “Everything, both as the director of the NSA and what I see on the Cyber Command side, leads me to believe that if we don’t change the dynamic here, this is going to continue, and 2016 won’t be viewed as something isolated,” Rogers said. That might mean that while U.S. intelligence agencies are monitoring Russian cyberactivity or gathering on-the-ground intelligence, they might not be taking offensive actions to prevent further attacks on state election systems.


I didn’t realize Mattis has the authority to order further action on pursuing hackers, I’m trying to figure out why he won’t? Or maybe there’s a covert instruction to do it but they’re publicly pretending like they’re not so that drumpf doesn’t turn right around and tip off the enemy…or maybe my brain looks like this right now lol


Yeah, I don’t know :woman_shrugging:t2:


The Senate Intelligence Committee released their report on Russian hacking of election infrastructure. The findings were interesting to say the least.


Actors and Motive

The Committee concurs with the IC that Russian government-affiliated actors were behind the cyber activity directed against state election infrastructure.

While the full scope of Russian activity against the states remains unclear because of collection gaps, the Committee found ample evidence to conclude that the Russian government was developing capabilities to undermine confidence in our election infrastructure, including voter processes.

The Committee does not know whether the Russian government-affiliated actors intended to exploit vulnerabilities during the 2016 elections and decided against taking action, or whether they were merely gathering information and testing capabilities for a future attack. Regardless, the Committee believes the activity indicates an intent to go beyond traditional intelligence collection.

(Matt Kiser) #25


From @dragonfly9, saving for later. :nerd_face:

Day 489

(nina) #27

Ok…thx for pointing this out.:-:grinning:


@dragonfly9 Sigh… Well, at least the states are trying to find solutions… I feel like new paper ballots and pencils can’t cost all that much. :woman_shrugging:t2: