Ransomware Could Be Biggest Threat to Upcoming Elections

Governing: Cybersecurity professionals have long worried about the kinds of attacks that could meaningfully disrupt a U.S. presidential election. As November looms, experts are concerned that ransomware may be the vector foreign hackers use to target critical infrastructure — and that governments may not be prepared to respond.

In August, the FBI and the Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) jointly announced that many voter registration databases across the U.S. were vulnerable to ransomware, a pronouncement that seemed to underline earlier CISA reports that county election offices will likely be prime targets come November.

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