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Director of UMD Cybersecurity Center explains how foreign hackers pose a possible threat to U.S. elections

Source: Boise State Cybersecurity Department
With ElectionDay coming up in November, it is crucial to make sure every vote matters. Many experts have discussed how to better enhance security for electronic ballots. Experts agree that there is not much security in place to protect foreign hackers from messing up the vote count.  There are many different weaknesses in different voting methods, such as Internet voting and electronic voting.

Internet voting requires proper encryption, and voting online allows for hackers to figure out a way to get around the encrypted data. Cyber security experts insist that Internet voting is never going to be hundred percent safe at all levels. Electronic voting, which is used more widely throughout the country, is also at risk. 

Electronic voting is offline, but research has found that this not entirely true. Electronic voting systems have an election management system or (EMS), which hold election data that is remotely stored. This system sometimes gets linked online, which leaves these offline voting systems at risk. Experts insist that updated software and stronger encryption is needed to fight against a foreign cyber attack. 

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