Concerned about cyberattacks on the 2020 elections after evidence that Russian hackers accessed voter registration systems in 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) introducing a new program next month to protect the systems as well as voter registration databases.

 “Recent history has shown that state and county governments and those who support them are targets for ransomware attacks,” a Reuters report quoted DHS Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director Christopher Krebs as saying. “That is why we are working alongside election officials and their private sector partners to help protect their databases and respond to possible ransomware attacks.”

Another official said the government has assessed “these systems as high risk.”

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