The threat isn’t just from foreign governments, but any fortune-seeking criminal.
Ransomware attacks targeting state and local governments have been on the rise, with cyber criminals seeking quick money by seizing data and holding it hostage until they get paid.
The fear is that such attacks could affect voting systems directly or even indirectly, by infecting broader government networks that include electoral databases.
Even if a ransomware attack fails to disrupt elections, it could nonetheless rattle confidence in the vote.
On the spectrum of threats from the fantastical to the more probable, experts and officials say ransomware is a particularly realistic possibility because the attacks are already so pervasive and lucrative.
The FBI and Department of Homeland Security have issued ad...Read More