FBI Vows To Warn More Elections Officials If Discovering A Cyberattack
Added 01-16-20 05:07:02pm EST - “The bureau was faulted after the Russian attack on the 2016 election for keeping too much information from state and local authorities. It says it'll use a new policy going forward.” - Npr.org
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FBI Headquarters in Washington. The bureau is changing its policy on election security notifications to prepare for the 2020 presidential race. J. David Ake/AP hide caption
FBI Headquarters in Washington. The bureau is changing its policy on election security notifications to prepare for the 2020 presidential race.
The FBI plans to warn both state and local elections officials if it discovers cyberattacks this year, the bureau said on Thursday — a new policy it hopes will build new bridges to more authorities involved with election security.
The federal government has been criticized for poor communication with elections officials during and since the Russian attack on the presidential election in 2016.
If the FBI discovered that a cyberattack had successfully breached a local election system, the old policy meant the bureau would tell that county, for example, but not the state government.
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