Donald Trump’s long-standing warnings about poll-related shenanigans have apparently resonated with those in top election spots.
Not only are government officials expressing concern over the chance of election fraud and hacks; they’re actually doing something about it.
Here’s the story in brief, from NBC News: “The U.S. government is gearing up for an unprecedented effort to protect Tuesday’s presidential election from cyber attack. … Cyber centers at the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department and the FBI – as well as the Pentagon, the CIA and other intelligence agencies – will be on alert, with extra staff hunting for any possible threat, officials say.”
One senior level White House official confirmed to NBC News that the whole voting procedure was under high-level watch, because the threat is so high that intelligence agents, for the first time in America’s history, will actually be out by the hundreds to keep abreast of rumblings about hacks. They are also ready to intervene in any breach of system.
“It’s all hands on deck,” one senior intel official told NBC News.
The suspicious atmosphere was fueled in part by recent allegations of Russian spies using cyber operations to thwart the will of America’s voters. Democrats, for instance, have accused President Putin outright of helping WikiLeaks with its recent documents’ dumps that paint Hillary Clinton in poor light – an allegation that Russia denied, Donald Trump scoffed at and security officials in the United States blasted as untrue.
But the threat assessment still stands. NBC News explained: “Former NATO commander Admiral James Stavridis told CNBC his concerns about possible Russian activity included a dump of false documents and an attack on the U.S. power grid…There is maybe a one in three chance of this happening … it’s not insignificant,” Stavridis said.
Source: NBC News