The United States fears an Electronic attack on the 2020 elections. So, The US government plans to launch a program within a month that focuses heavily on protecting voter registration databases and systems ahead of the presidential election in 2020.
What is the use of the new program?
These systems widely used to verify the eligibility of voters, before casting their ballots. But were hacked by Russian infiltrators in 2016 in an effort to gather information.
Former and current US officials said that:
Intelligence officials feared that foreign infiltrators would not only target databases in 2020.
But, Its main purposes is to try to manipulate, disable or destroy data.
A high risk system
A senior US official said that:
“We consider these systems a high risk” because they are within a few aspects of election technology connected to the Internet regularly.
The Homeland Security Infrastructure Security Agency of the Department of Homeland Security fears that;
- The databases will attack by ransomware.
Spread of virus:
A type of virus that has disrupted computer networks across the United States, Texas, Baltimore and Atlanta.
The ransomware usually closes the target computer system until a ransom paid to the intruder, usually in the form of digital currency.
What efforts should be exerted to counter Electronic attack?
Efforts to counter Electronic attack targeting the elections are going hand in hand with a directive by the intelligence services. In order to, determine the most likely digital attack trends in the November 2020 elections.
The FBI said that:
A statement supporting the Department of Homeland Security initiative.
- It is essential that states and municipalities limit access to information about electoral systems or administrative processes
- secure websites
- databases that can exploit.
The :Electronic attack security” Security Agency’s program will communicate with state election officials to prepare for the ransom scenario.
- Educational materials
- Remote computer penetration
- Vulnerability testing
- As well as a list of recommendations on how to prevent and treat ransomware, will be provided.