Ministry of Homeland Security promises to use cyber security tools in 100% of the votes in the 2020 elections

Ministry of Homeland Security promises to use cyber security tools in 100% of the votes cast in the 2020 elections (after checking only about a third in 2016)

  • Only a third of the electoral systems in the US were handled in 2016
  • The DHS promises 100% coverage in 2020 using its Albert sensor technology
  • Mitch McConnell blocks the bill to further expand the security measures for the elections
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Russian attempts to interfere in the 2016 presidential elections had the government & # 39; flat-footed & # 39; caught, an error that the claims of the Department of Homeland Security will not repeat in the 2020 elections.

Christopher C. Krebs, director of the Cyber ​​Security and Infrastructure Security Agency of the DHS, said during the International Conference on Cyber ​​Security 2019 that the agency could only control election systems for around 32% of all votes cast in 2016.

& # 39; We are no longer caught flat-footed & # 39 ;, he told the conference participants in the Eric Geller reports from New York Politico.

& # 39; We are ready for what they are going to bring us. & # 39;

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Russian hackers were able to break through American election systems in 2016 with the help of spear phishing campaigns aimed at election office officials. Photo file

Russian hackers were able to break through American election systems in 2016 with the help of spear phishing campaigns aimed at election office officials. Photo file

WHAT DO THE ALBERT SENSORS OF THE DHS DO?

Albert sensors are used during voter registration to monitor possible suspicious behavior.

They follow IP addresses and the volume of data exchanged.

This information is then compared with known malware signatures.

Despite the emergence as part of the Einstein project, which started in 2003, the DHS says that Albert sensors were only used for around 32% of all votes cast in 2016.

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In the upcoming elections, the agency now says it will cover 100% of the votes cast.

Eric Geller from Politico reports that the agency promises to follow 100% of the votes in 2020 with its Albert sensor technology.

Developed as part of the extensive DHS Einstein project – started in 2003 to protect federal agencies against cyber attacks – Albert sensors monitor network traffic on voter registration sites, track IP addresses and the amount of data exchanged.

That information is then compared to a library of known malware signatures to check for possible suspicious behavior or contact with dubious IP addresses.

During the midterms of 2018, CIS says the sensors generated 2 terabytes of data per day.

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The DHS says that hackers associated with Russian intelligence had targeted election systems in at least those 21 states across the country, including California, Arizona, Ohio, Texas, and Wisconsin.

Earlier this year, Florida Governor, Ron DeSantis confirmed that electoral networks in two Florida provinces were compromised by Russian hackers, giving them access to an extensive cache of voter data.

According to the Mueller report, Russian intelligence services also target & # 39; private technology companies responsible for the production and management of election-related software and hardware, such as voter registration software and electronic polling stations. & # 39;

Earlier this year, the House adopted two different bills that were intended to improve cyber security for both the personal and professional accounts of government officials, and require all campaigns to report suspected attempts at election interference.

Today, however, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked a vote on the bill, partly arguing that the government had already addressed concerns about cyber security in the 2016 elections.

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