All the computer systems around the world are vulnerable to cyberattacks which includes critical infrastructure, social media, email networks, and voting machines that cities are dependent on to provide basic services. None of these cyber-threats is as hazardous to the electoral process as the cumulative uncertainty and fear that hacking could alter the results of elections.
Former hacker turned cybersecurity expert Kevin Mitnick said, “What Russian hackers did in 2016 wasn’t really all that sophisticated.”
It is possible that on the day of the election there could be voting process irregularities. But regardless of whatever actually happens, we are likely to see a stream of stories about trolls making social media posts, database manipulation, and hacked machines.
Google’s Mark Risher, “A majority of what Google does to protect you is happening behind the scenes. A password manager, two-factor authentication definitely help, but even if you don’t, we’re able to prevent suspicious activity more than 99 percent of the time.”
Payton said, “Everyone should get out and vote and if you see something that seems suspect to you during the process, vote and report the issue. But if you don’t vote, the bad guys win.”