Federal Officials Say They’re Monitoring Elections for Cyber Threats

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The Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity bureau said it is connected alert for threats connected Election Day successful states including Virginia and New Jersey arsenic voters caput to the polls Tuesday.

In a statement connected Monday, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) announced that it acceptable up an election “situational consciousness room” to show elections successful 30 states that see “federal partners,” authorities and section predetermination officials, and governmental organizations.

CISA said that those entities volition past “share real-time accusation and supply enactment arsenic needed” successful a bid designed to curb “misinformation connected Election Day.”

“While determination is nary specific, credible menace to predetermination infrastructure, CISA stands acceptable to supply cyber incidental effect and expertise if needed,” the bureau said. “CISA encourages voters to crook to authorities and section predetermination officials arsenic trusted sources of information.”

CISA’s Election Security Initiative Director, Geoff Hale, told quality outlets that CISA volition besides tally its “rumor power website” to give “accurate accusation astir predetermination processes to debunk imaginable mis-, dis-, and malinformation.” The website was created up of the 2020 election.

Officials successful Virginia, which is slated to beryllium the most-watched authorities connected Election Day owed to its contested gubernatorial race, person said they’re assured the predetermination volition beryllium secure.

On Saturday, Virginia Department of Elections caput Chris Piper, wrote an sentiment nonfiction stressing the methods utilized to unafraid voting machines successful the state.

“Voting is your right,” Piper wrote. “And it is our privilege and work to guarantee you that your ballot was counted accurately and produced a reliable, trustworthy outcome. You tin number connected your defenders of democracy.”

Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat who served arsenic politician from 2014 to 2018, is scrambling to stave disconnected catastrophe successful a authorities that has go reliable Democratic territory successful caller years. President Joe Biden carried Virginia by astir 10 percent points past year, but Republican Glenn Youngkin’s run is optimistic astir his prospects.

The contention is besides seen by galore arsenic a referendum connected the Biden presidency itself—as good arsenic whether Democrats tin support their House and Senate majorities during the 2022 midterms.

“This is simply a infinitesimal for Virginians to propulsion backmost connected this left, liberal, progressive agenda,” Youngkin, a erstwhile backstage equity executive, told a rally astatine an airdrome hangar extracurricular Richmond.

Voters were besides poised to determine a New Jersey governor’s contention Tuesday, arsenic good arsenic mayoral elections successful respective of the nation’s apical cities, including New York City and Atlanta, arsenic good arsenic a important fig of section and municipal elections.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Jack Phillips

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Jack Phillips is simply a breaking quality newsman astatine The Epoch Times based successful New York.

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