facebook linkedin twitter

Safest Voting Method Is Using Paper, Leading Cyber Expert Says

August 17, 2020by Yueqi Yang, Bloomberg News (TNS)
Safest Voting Method Is Using Paper, Leading Cyber Expert Says

Election voting is the cybersecurity industry’s most difficult challenge, and casting ballots on paper is the safest option against any digital disruptions, says CrowdStrike Holdings co-founder and former Chief Technology Officer Dmitri Alperovitch.

“Voting is the hardest thing to secure when it comes to cybersecurity,” Alperovitch said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “The only way we know how to do it well and safely is by using paper.” The best ways to ensure that a digital hack won’t happen, he said, are in-person voting and ballots that are either mailed in or dropped off at collection sites.

Alperovitch said he hasn’t seen evidence of Russian hacking into campaigns or political organizations and leaking information so far this year. He warned of “influence operations” by China, Iran, and Russia conducted through social media. U.S. intelligence agencies have said Russia is still using social media and television to help President Donald Trump, while China and Iran want the Democratic candidate Joe Biden to win the presidency in November.

The election infrastructure, which includes voter databases and vote-tallying and vote-reporting systems, is “very, very, vulnerable to hacking,” Alperovitch added. “I’m not so much concerned about foreign entities interfering in the paper process, but we do need to make sure that states are prepared to take in the huge number of mail-in ballots that will come in.”

The number of Americans voting by mail is expected to jump this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Postal Service had warned that 46 states may not be able to deliver their ballots on time for the November election. President Donald Trump has said repeatedly, without evidence, that voting by mail is subject to widespread fraud.

One less-discussed but viable option is ballot drop-off, Alperovitch said. All precincts should install drop boxes by the curbside, where people can drop off the ballot without using the mail, he said.

The election in November may be one where “we may not know who the president is the night of the election or the day after,” Alperovitch said, echoing comments last week by Facebook Inc.’s head of cybersecurity policy. The social media platform is preparing to rein in misinformation in a prolonged period before the result is released.

———

©2020 Bloomberg News

Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

A+
a-

In The News

Health

Voting

Elections

January 13, 2022
by Dan McCue
RNC to Require Presidential Candidates Skip Nonpartisan Commission Debates

WASHINGTON — The Republican National Committee has told the Committee on Presidential Debates that it plans to require candidates pledge... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Republican National Committee has told the Committee on Presidential Debates that it plans to require candidates pledge they will not participate in presidential debates run by the nonpartisan commission. In a letter dated Thursday, RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tells the commission the party... Read More

January 12, 2022
by TWN Staff
Democrat Cherfilus-McCormick Wins Florida's 20th Congressional District Contest

FORT LAUDERDALE — Democrat Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick has won the election to represent Florida's 20th Congressional District, replacing the late long-time... Read More

FORT LAUDERDALE — Democrat Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick has won the election to represent Florida's 20th Congressional District, replacing the late long-time Rep. Alcee Hastings. As of 7:22 p.m. Tuesday night, Cherfilus-McCormick had garned 78% of the total 45,471 votes reported cast. Republican Jason Mariner received 20.2% of... Read More

January 10, 2022
by Dan McCue
South Carolina Lawmakers Pushing to Remove Judge from Redistricting Case

COLUMBIA, S.C. — When a process occurs once every 10 years, perceptions of old wounds can lead to very long... Read More

COLUMBIA, S.C. — When a process occurs once every 10 years, perceptions of old wounds can lead to very long memories. A case in point is playing out in South Carolina, where Republicans in the state legislature are seeking to remove one of the federal judges... Read More

December 17, 2021
by Dan McCue
Ohio’s General Election Ended With 18 Tied Races

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The November general election in Ohio ended with 18 local races in ties, meaning they had to... Read More

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The November general election in Ohio ended with 18 local races in ties, meaning they had to be decided by either a coin flip or some similar method, the Ohio secretary of state’s office announced Friday. The disclosure came upon completion of the... Read More

December 9, 2021
by Dan McCue
Court Delays North Carolina Primary Election Due to Map Dispute

RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina’s 2022 primary election will be moved from March to May to allow lawsuits over the... Read More

RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina’s 2022 primary election will be moved from March to May to allow lawsuits over the alleged gerrymandering of congressional and state legislative districts to play out in the court, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. The ruling, a win for those... Read More

December 7, 2021
by Dan McCue
FEC Releases New Campaign Guide for Congressional Candidates

WASHINGTON — The Federal Elections Commission released the latest edition of its campaign guide for congressional candidates and committees Monday,... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Federal Elections Commission released the latest edition of its campaign guide for congressional candidates and committees Monday, posting a PDF version to its website ahead of publication of a print edition. The new, 212-page guide replaces the most recent edition, which was published... Read More

News From The Well
scroll top