The FBI and the U.S. government’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) claim that foreign interference in the 2022 U.S. midterm elections is unlikely to disrupt or prevent voting, compromise the integrity of ballots, or tamper with votes on a large scale.
By public notice [PDF], the agencies have found no evidence that cyber bad guys created the above forms of disruption, nor have these efforts been successful in compromising the accuracy of voter registration information. Until now.
That doesn’t mean that wrongdoers – domestic or foreign – haven’t tried (or won’t try) to get involved, but failed. Instead, the agencies said, such attempts are localized efforts and will be blocked or mitigated “with minimal or no disruption to the electoral process.”
Besides, we’re not idiots
Despite popular narratives in some political circles that the 2020 US election was unsafe and fraudulent, there was no evidence to support it, the FBI, CISA and anyone in their right mind have said.
Authorities also took the time to explain how U.S. electoral systems are secured by using “a variety of technological, physical and procedural controls to reduce the likelihood of malicious cyber activity” that could “impact electoral infrastructure systems or data, alter the polls or otherwise disrupt or prevent polls.”
They said several fail-safe measures are in place, including temporary ballots, backup ballot books and systems to prevent voting disruptions such as logic and accuracy checks, chain of custody procedures and audits.
“Given the extensive safeguards and distributed nature of the election infrastructure, the FBI and CISA continue to believe attempts to manipulate votes at scale will be difficult to go undetected,” authorities said.
In short, when it comes to knowing what an intrusion into voting infrastructure looks like, the FBI and CISA want US citizens to know what they’re looking for.
Voting systems that include voter registration information or manage voting processes without voting are a constant and popular target, authorities said. These systems can be used to gather information about voters and let bad actors spread claims that voting systems have been compromised, the FBI and CISA said, but noted that “these attempts do not prevent voting or accurate reporting of the results.” would”.
Twitter, TikTok, Google, and YouTube have all released plans to prevent misinformation from spreading on their platforms ahead of the US mid-term 2022, mostly revolving around automatic flagging, de-promotion, and removal of problematic content.
These plans have angered some, with commentators on the “election-fraud” side of the debate calling the effort anti-conservative censorship and vote-rigging. ®
https://www.theregister.com/2022/10/06/us_midterm_election_cyberattack_unlikely/ Cyber threats shouldn’t play a role in US election, say FBI, CISA • The Register