Since Russian hackers breached the computers of the Democratic National Committee last summer, federal officials have been practically pleading with states and localities to take the free help the U.S. government offers, including scans of state and local computer networks to check for security weaknesses or signs that hackers may have already gotten in.
This election cycle has drawn more attention than any other to the threat of hackers changing votes and sowing chaos and confusion, and claims of rigged elections—by computerized or other means. Nearly two dozen states have seen their voter registration files probed. And following a major cyber attack last month that disrupted core components of the internet, experts are concerned that such denial of service attacks on Election Day could make it difficult for people to find their polling location or for precincts to transmit voting results.
This year, more than any Presidential election cycle in the past, has seen more cyber activity. Expect to see this increase in the future, especially as we come to rely more on the internet to help us locate polling stations, find out how to vote, and even submit actual votes themselves. If you think things are scary today, just wait until the 2020 election.