Doug Bedell — October 7, 2016, 2:34 pm

Security Risks to the Presidential Election Discussed

Here’s the clearest discussion we’ve seen about security threats to voting in the U.S. presidential election. Homeland Security Today reports that 21 states have contacted the Department of Homeland Security about concerns over possible cyber vulnerability their voting systems.

“These challenges aren’t just in the future – they are here today,” says Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. “In recent months, malicious cyber actors have been scanning a large number of state systems, which could be a preamble to attempted intrusions. In a few cases, we have determined that malicious actors gained access to state voting-related systems. However, we are not aware at this time of any manipulation of data.”

The electoral defenses are up apparently as high as they can currently be.

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