Report highlights cyber risks to US election systems
Election workers handle ballots as vote counting in the general election continues at State Farm Arena on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, file)ATLANTA – Election systems in the U.S. are vulnerable to cyber intrusions similar to the one that hit federal agencies and numerous businesses last year and remain a potential target for foreign hacking, according to a report released Wednesday. AdDespite that, election systems are vulnerable to the same risks exposed by the SolarWinds hack, the report said. AdThe use of foreign suppliers for voting technology and related supply chain security has long been a concern. AdBrandon Wales, the acting director of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, said recently there was “no evidence that any election systems were compromised” as part of the hack.
Fox, Newsmax shoot down their own aired claims on election
Many Republican voters in Georgia are angry; certain that widespread voter fraud claims of which are baseless cost President Donald Trump the election. The companies deny several statements made about them, and there is no evidence any voting system switched or deleted votes in the 2020 election. That came days after Smartmatic sent a letter threatening legal action to Fox and two other networks popular with Trump supporters, Newsmax and One America News Network. A statement aired by Newsmax anchors on Monday, and also printed on the company website, was much broader and concerned both Smartmatic and Dominion. “No evidence has been offered that Dominion or Smartmatic used software or reprogrammed software that manipulated votes in the 2020 election,” Newsmax said.
With unsubstantiated claim, Trump sows doubt on US election
Attorney General William Barr raised that prospect in interviews in recent weeks with The New York Times magazine and Fox News. The president tweeted on Monday a news report on Barrs remarks as well as a separate message that said: RIGGED 2020 ELECTION: MILLIONS OF MAIL-IN BALLOTS WILL BE PRINTED BY FOREIGN COUNTRIES, AND OTHERS. A bipartisan team of election judges conducts signature verification and refers for further investigation suspected instances of double-voting. That trend has agitated Trump, who even before Monday has openly railed against absentee voting. ___Associated Press reporters Brian Slodysko in Washington and Nicholas Riccardin in Denver contributed to this report.