United States election security groups call 2020 election ‘most protected in American history’

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Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, which supervises of protecting the United States election system.

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This story belongs to Elections 2020, CNET’s protection of the ballot in November and its after-effects.

The United States Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency launched a joint declaration with other election security professionals Thursday refuting claims that hackers disrupted vote tallies. The declaration, signed up with by the National Association of Secretaries of State and the National Association of State Election Directors, came hours after a report from Reuters that CISA Director Christopher Krebs thinks the White House is preparing to fire him.

In the joint declaration, election security authorities called the 2020 United States governmental election “the most secure in American history,” including, “there is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.” The declaration was launched within hours of a tweet from United States President Donald Trump that baselessly declared tally systems erased votes cast for him. Elections professionals and fact-checking groups have actually discovered the assertion to be incorrect.

Into Thursday night and Friday early morning, Trump continued to tweet incorrect claims that the election was rigged through ballot systems. Twitter identified those tweets as including “disputed” claims, while keeping in mind that Joe Biden is the predicted winner of the governmental election.

Krebs’ company is a department of the United States Department of Homeland Security and supervises of protecting the United States election system, which is classified as important facilities comparable to the country’s power grid and monetary system. The CISA has actually run a site throughout the 2020 election called Rumor Control to expose incorrect claims of election hacking and scams. According to Reuters, the CISA has actually pressed back as needed from the White House to modify or erase details from the site that unmasked incorrect claims of prevalent citizen scams.

Neither the White House nor the CISA reacted to an ask for remark. On Twitter, Virginia Sen. Mark Warner praised Krebs’ work at the CISA. “He is one of the few people in this Administration respected by everyone on both sides of the aisle. There is no possible justification to remove him from office,” Warner, a Democrat, stated in the tweet.

A joint declaration by a number of election security companies, consisting of the United States Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, called the 2020 United States basic election “the most secure in American history.”


Trump and his agents have actually made a number of other unproven claims of citizen scams, which election authorities, witnesses and members of the news media have actually refuted as incorrect. Among the more comprehensive incorrect claims refuted by the Rumor Control site are reports that votes from dead individuals have actually been counted, or that bad stars can change vote overalls after tallies are counted.

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Cybersecurity experts see false claims that aim to delegitimize elections as one of the biggest threats to election security this year. Krebs warned this summer that baseless rumors questioning the legitimacy of the election would be rampant after votes were cast, asking attendees of a cybersecurity conference to “think before you share.”

Elections security experts also said misinformation about fraud and hacking would likely proliferate after votes were cast, because voters would be left waiting for days while election agencies counted the unprecedented number of absentee ballots requested during the coronavirus pandemic this year.

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