The US government does not rule out that cyberattacks will affect its electoral support systems


WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US authorities have detected several cyber attacks that could have affected government electoral support systems, reported the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) of the US Department of Homeland Security.

The CISA said in a statement that it detected actors who practice “a tactic known as vulnerability chaining, which exploits numerous vulnerabilities in a raid in order to compromise a network or an application.”
Those actors, who according to the CISA constitute “an advanced persistent threat”, used this tactic to exploit vulnerabilities in the Windows authentication service Netlogon.
“These recent malicious activities were often, but not exclusively, directed against government networks at the State, local, tribal and territorial levels. Although it does not appear that these targets are being targeted due to their proximity to election-related information, there may be some risk to the information about the elections stored in government networks, “says the note.

It is emphasized that “the CISA is aware of several cases when this activity resulted in unauthorized access to electoral support systems.”

“However, the CISA has no evidence that the integrity of the electoral data was compromised,” the text says.

The United States will hold a presidential election on November 3.


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