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DHS plans largest operation to secure U.S. election against hacking

A 24/7 war room will operate from Election Day until local officials are confident in the results. It shows just how far DHS’s cybersecurity agency has come since 2016.
Julian Belilty casts his early vote in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of D.C. on Oct. 28. (Tom Brenner/Reuters)

By Joseph Marks
Oct. 30, 2020 at 6:00 a.m. EDT

The Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity division is mounting the largest operation to secure a U.S. election, aiming to prevent a repeat of Russia’s 2016 interference and to ward off new threats posed by Iran and China . . .

‘Perception hacks,’ minor incursions that could be exaggerated, are the latest cybersecurity target.

Christopher Krebs, director of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. He said “perception hacking” is one thing officials are trying to detect and guard against. Credit: (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

By David E. Sanger and Nicole Perlroth
Oct. 29, 2020

Election officials and cybersecurity experts are keeping a close eye on the ways hackers and foreign governments might interfere, and so far they have uncovered some attempts . . .

The Real Threat of Foreign Interference Comes After Election Day

Americans Are Primed to Accept Their Adversaries’ Narrative of Doubt
Early voting in New York City, October 2020
(Jeenah Moon/Reuters)

By Laura Rosenberger
October 26, 2020

With just days to go before the U.S. presidential election, Americans are once again scrolling through news feeds full of stories about foreign operations that seek to undermine their country’s electoral . . .

Super cool counter-disinformation ads for The New York Times from the days of World War II . . .