Critical Infrastructure Security, Threat Management

Officials: No cyberattacks targeted US vote-counting infrastructure

Vote-counting infrastructure has not been compromised by any breaches during the midterm elections even though some state and local governments reported public websites being periodically disrupted by cyberattacks, according to The Associated Press. "We have seen no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was any way compromised in any race in the country," said Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Jen Easterly. Easterly's statement comes after Mississippi reported that the website of its secretary of state has been hit by a distributed denial-of-service attack, which a pro-Russia hacking group claimed responsibility for. Similar attacks on the Democratic National Committee's website has also been claimed by the same group although there has been no evidence suggesting any impact on the DNC's site. There has also been no indication of any attacks by prominent pro-Russian hacktivist operation Killnet during the midterm polls. "CISA has pretty high cybersecurity standards. If they claim a bunch of attacks that do absolutely nothing, it doesnt look good for Killnet," said Recorded Future analyst Alexander Leslie.

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