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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

States rushing to guard their 2018 elections against hackers may be on a waiting list for up to nine months for the Department of Homeland Security's most exhaustive security screening, according to government officials familiar with the situation. That means some states might not get the service until weeks before the November midterms and may remain unaware of flaws that could allow homegrown cyber vandals or foreign intelligence agencies to target voter registration databases and election offices' computer networks, the officials said. Russian hackers targeted election systems in at least 21 states in 2016, according to DHS.

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The scanning, known as a "risk and vulnerability assessment," is the crème de la crème of security exams: DHS personnel come in person to do an intensive, multiweek probing of the entire system required to run an election. But department officials acknowledge that it's of limited use if it doesn't come soon enough for states to correct their flaws before voters go to the polls.

The nine-month wait is "not a good metric" for states hoping to boost their security, admitted Christopher Krebs, one of the DHS officials leading election security efforts. "We are working to prioritize."

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Few fault the DHS itself for the holdup, but the delay is yet another dramatic example of how the government is struggling to safeguard the upcoming election season as the clock ticks toward Election Day.

Security experts, voting integrity groups and many lawmakers have expressed dismay at the lack of action on Capitol Hill and across the Trump administration to help states protect their election infrastructure. It's especially critical after Russian hackers raised awareness during the 2016 elections of the creaky computer networks that house voter rolls, the country's aging voting machines and the often overburdened election officials tasked with protecting the vote.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-09 11:22 AM | Reply

"lack of action on Capitol Hill and across the Trump administration to help states protect their election infrastructure"

This is one reason why Trump and his posse are no longer Americans.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2018-01-09 11:30 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

FAKE NEWS! The Trump White House is offering lots of Russian help for election infrastructure.

#3 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-01-09 11:34 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

The Republican Party uses election theft to win elections. You're just stupidly naive or dishonest to not recognize a fact we've clearly seen evident since, at least, 2000 and probably before that though not as obvious previous to then.

#4 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-09 12:17 PM | Reply

I will laugh long and hard when, after the Democratic Party crushes the GOP in the Mid-terms, how you Drama Queens will suddenly drop all your "election theft" memes.

#5 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-01-10 01:54 PM | Reply

You can't expect Trump to interrupt his executive time to do actual work. He needs his TV/Twitter time

#6 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2018-01-10 02:23 PM | Reply

"I will laugh long and hard when..."

umm no you won't.

You will be there madder than hell that the Russians are still cyber attacking us. As any true patriot should be now.

And also because the Dems do not and will not have any trouble admitting that the Russians, as directed by Vladimir Putin himself, are launching attack after attack in an attempt to interfere in our electoral process and create chaos and discord in our society and that we need to take active defensive measures NOW.

#7 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-10 02:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I will laugh long and hard when, after the Democratic Party crushes the GOP in the Mid-terms, how you Drama Queens will suddenly drop all your "election theft" memes.

It doesn't have to be the Russians next time. Could be the North Koreans or the Chinese. If, for example, the North Koreans decide to interfere and help Democrats in the process, you'll be changing your tune soon enough.

#8 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-10 02:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I will laugh long and hard when, after the Democratic Party crushes the GOP in the Mid-terms, how you Drama Queens will suddenly drop all your "election theft" memes.

#5 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

We will laugh too. But it doesn't negate "election theft". It merely means the interference (1) wasn't sufficient and (2) will have to be increase in the next round of elections.

#9 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-01-10 03:21 PM | Reply

"I will laugh long and hard when, after the Democratic Party crushes the GOP in the Mid-terms, how you Drama Queens will suddenly drop all your "election theft" memes."

You should find a way to experience pleasure that isn't predicated on externalities.

People like you is how we get Trump, because so much of who they are is defined by their hatred of somebody else, in your case Hillary Clinton.

It's not a healthy way to go through life.

"If you plant ice you're gonna harvest wind."

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-01-10 06:44 PM | Reply

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#10

I harvest wind in your general direction!

#11 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-01-10 06:55 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

The Republican Party uses election theft to win elections.

Marc Elias, Clinton campaign general counsel,

Third, we have attempted to systematically catalogue and investigate every theory that has been presented to us within our ability to do so.
...
The [Clinton] campaign is grateful to all those who have expended time and effort to investigate various claims of abnormalities and irregularities. While that effort has not, in our view, resulted in evidence of manipulation of results [of the 2016 election.] https:
//medium.com/@marceelias/listening-and-responding-to-calls-for-an-audit-and-recount-2a904717ea39

#12 | Posted by et_al at 2018-01-10 07:02 PM | Reply

"evidence of manipulation of results"

Cool, now tell me how many names CrossCheck improperly flagged for removal, and how many of those names were improperly removed.

You can't do it, can you?
Not won't.
Can't.
Because you just don't know.
Nobody does.

But you're somehow convinced the absence of evidence is evidence of absence.

I do not share your conviction.

#13 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-01-10 07:07 PM | Reply

Danni, get off Snoofy's account.

#14 | Posted by Avigdore at 2018-01-10 07:29 PM | Reply

#5 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

You don't understand the difference between winning with cheating and winning in spite of cheating?

Who am I kidding? You routinely demonstrate you know very little about anything.

#15 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-01-10 07:47 PM | Reply

Avigdore, I see you also can't say who CrossCheck flagged for disenfranchisement, and who was wrongfully disenfranchised.

So why are you so sure the number is zero, exactly?

#16 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-01-10 07:59 PM | Reply

So why are you so sure the number is zero, exactly?

#16 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

Because that's the only way they can defend their position. They operate on "belief" rather than "knowledge". That's why they don't like math and science: because you have to "show your work", not just supply an answer.

#17 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2018-01-10 08:42 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Who am I kidding? You routinely demonstrate you know very little about anything.

Riiiighht. Have you read and comprehended that link I had to post twice about the repatriation tax yet?

Here ya go, little fella.

#18 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-01-10 09:00 PM | Reply

#18; Also not surprising you keep a tube of that stuff handy.

#19 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-01-10 09:05 PM | Reply

Avigdore, I see you also can't say who CrossCheck flagged for disenfranchisement, and who was wrongfully disenfranchised.
So why are you so sure the number is zero, exactly? - #16 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-01-10 07:59 PM

What has given you the idea that I am 'so sure' that the number of people flagged by CrossCheck for removal of voter registration roles incorrectly is zero, exactly?

#20 | Posted by Avigdore at 2018-01-10 09:59 PM | Reply

"What has given you the idea that I am 'so sure' that the number of people flagged by CrossCheck for removal of voter registration roles incorrectly is zero, exactly?"

Who cares?
Is that impression not accurate?
Paint me a picture.

#21 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-01-10 10:49 PM | Reply

#19

Not surprising you think I am a fictional lobsterlike space alien with a PhD.

Use the fictional cream, it will help your persistent sense of loss.

#22 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-01-10 11:06 PM | Reply

Trump should be impeached for failure to address the security risk presented by foreign election tampering. He has made no effort to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

#23 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2018-01-11 01:05 AM | Reply

Is that impression not accurate? Paint me a picture. - #21 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-01-10 10:49 PM

Not correct, no. I've no doubt that people have been removed from the voter rolls in error. One of the problems I have with the growing power of government.
Paint you a picture? Ok...Picture someone who makes judgements without facts. Someone who can't comprehend that people have a myriad of beliefs and ideas. Someone who actually believes that their 'side' is right so the other side is evil. Someone who projects their own inadequacies.

Then realize I didn't paint you a picture. I showed you a mirror.

#24 | Posted by Avigdore at 2018-01-11 11:07 AM | Reply

""I will laugh long and hard when, after the Democratic Party crushes the GOP in the Mid-terms, how you Drama Queens will suddenly drop all your "election theft" memes.""

Large enough majority prevents Republicans from stealing elections: Example: Karl Rove on election day in 2012 wondering what went wrong in Ohio. However, in off year elections it is much more difficult for Democrats with things like INterstate Crosscheck operating in an environment will lower voter turnout. Also, anyone who claims Interstate Crosscheck did not disenfranchise over one million voters is simply uninformed or a liar.

#25 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-11 11:27 AM | Reply

"Not correct, no. I've no doubt that people have been removed from the voter rolls in error. One of the problems I have with the growing power of government."

So, one would expect that in your objection to growing power of government you would object to Interstate Crosscheck. But you don't because you really aren't worried about the growing power of government, you're worried that Democrats might win elections.

#26 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-11 11:28 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

WTF do the feds have to do with elections? It is a state issue and they need to keep their stuff off the interned so it won't get hacked! So it takes a couple days to collect and count the votes, who cares?

#27 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-01-11 12:15 PM | Reply

Et Al has so thoroughly destroyed the Crosscheck talking point, on so many different occasions, that it's embarrassing that it keeps getting trotted out.

#28 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-11 12:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Also, anyone who claims Interstate Crosscheck did not disenfranchise over one million voters is simply uninformed or a liar.

Anyone that claims a data matching service disenfranchises anyone is a moron.

#29 | Posted by et_al at 2018-01-11 12:46 PM | Reply

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