The annual gathering has typically been a low-key affair highlighting such things as voter registration and balloting devices. This year’s meetings of the
The conference is sandwiched between Friday’s indictments of 12 Russian military intelligence officers alleged to have hacked into Democratic party and campaign accounts, and Trump’s long-awaited meeting with Putin.
Trump has never condemned
“All I can do is say, ‘Did you?'” Trump said last week at a news conference in
Some of the state officials who run elections say it’s important for the president to take a tougher stance to avoid having the public’s confidence in fair elections undermined.
“I believe as commander in chief, he has an obligation to address it, and frankly put Putin and any other foreign nation that seeks to undermine our democracy on notice that the actions will not be tolerated,”
Trump portrays the investigation as a partisan attack, but not all
As part of that effort, Russian hackers targeted at least 21 states ahead of the election and are believed to have breached the voter registration system in at least one,
There is no evidence they altered any results, but the attempts prompted the federal government and states to re-examine election systems and tighten their cybersecurity.
Federal officials also say it’s possible that malware might have been planted that could tamper with voting or paralyze computer systems in future elections.
During a hearing this past week,
“We need to be prepared,” he said.
On Friday, a federal grand jury indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers on charges that they hacked into Democratic campaign networks in 2016, then stole and released tens of thousands of documents.
The indictment says one of the intrusions came that summer, on a vendor whose software is used to verify voter registration information. The indictment references a spoof email it says the Russian agents sent to more than 100 election-managing customers of the vendor to try to get more information.
“The indictments tell us that … no longer can we deny in any shape or form that Russians were involved,” said cybersecurity expert
He said state election officials need to ensure they have the most robust possible protections for their voting systems.
“Right now, this is definitely not the case,” he said. “Most people operate on machines that are not very secure.”
“We’re acutely aware of the optics of working with the