FBI: Russia Can't Hack U.S. Voting System, Too 'Clunky' | The Daily Caller

Hackers may try to use cutting-edge technological capabilities, but could discover “it actually isn’t a fiber optic cable, it’s a woman named Sally, a guy named Joe [who] pull out the punch cards, and that’s hard to reach,” Comey explained to the audience. “There’s a lot of pain in that, but there’s a lot of beauty.”

These comments come at the same time U.S. officials are ramping up investigations into the cyber invasions of state election systems, after Yahoo reported that Arizona and Illinois‘ databases were compromised only a couple weeks ago. Intelligence and law enforcement officials will be informing Senate and House leaders about the investigation, CBS News reports.

Comey’s confidence seems somewhat brazen since not every state uses tangible paper for its voting mechanism. Georgia, for example, has a shoddy history of protecting voters’ personal information and is one of five states that employs electronic voting without paper records backing up the data. (RELATED: Hundreds Of Organizations Worldwide Fail At Cybersecurity)

If cyber intrusions do occur, it could be very difficult to detect.

There are so many hacks in recent days, ranging from the Democratic National Committee to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, that it is not implausible for voting systems in America to be a target come election day.

Comey, who heads the top-ranking law enforcement agency in the U.S., is casting doubt on the prospect of foreign hackers by asserting that such anachronistic technology is too primitive for advanced hackers.

In a report called, “Hacking The Elections Is Easy!”, James Scott with the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology outlines numerous ways voting infrastructures could be breached and exploited.

“This discussion only happens every four years, so after everybody calms down after the election, unfortunately, after the election is done and everybody is done counting, there will be abnormalities,” Scott told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “And somehow they always get swept under the rug.”

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Hackers may try to use cutting-edge technological capabilities, but could discover “it actually isn’t a fiber optic cable, it’s a woman named Sally, a guy named Joe [who] pull out the punch cards, and that’s hard to reach,” Comey explained to the audience. “There’s a lot of pain in that, but there’s a lot of beauty.”

These comments come at the same time U.S. officials are ramping up investigations into the cyber invasions of state election systems, after Yahoo reported that Arizona and Illinois‘ databases were compromised only a couple weeks ago. Intelligence and law enforcement officials will be informing Senate and House leaders about the investigation, CBS News reports.

Comey’s confidence seems somewhat brazen since not every state uses tangible paper for its voting mechanism. Georgia, for example, has a shoddy history of protecting voters’ personal information and is one of five states that employs electronic voting without paper records backing up the data. (RELATED: Hundreds Of Organizations Worldwide Fail At Cybersecurity)

If cyber intrusions do occur, it could be very difficult to detect.

There are so many hacks in recent days, ranging from the Democratic National Committee to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, that it is not implausible for voting systems in America to be a target come election day.

Comey, who heads the top-ranking law enforcement agency in the U.S., is casting doubt on the prospect of foreign hackers by asserting that such anachronistic technology is too primitive for advanced hackers.

In a report called, “Hacking The Elections Is Easy!”, James Scott with the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology outlines numerous ways voting infrastructures could be breached and exploited.

“This discussion only happens every four years, so after everybody calms down after the election, unfortunately, after the election is done and everybody is done counting, there will be abnormalities,” Scott told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “And somehow they always get swept under the rug.”

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