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Politics DHS rolls out effort to combat election disinformation, urges 'patience' on results

01:50  21 october  2020
01:50  21 october  2020 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security ( DHS ) continues to prepare against ever evolving threats against the American homeland, most recently highlighting efforts to combat an Electromagnetic Pulse attack which could disrupt the electrical grid and potentially damage electronics.

The Department of Homeland Security in July withheld an intelligence bulletin warning of a Russian plot to spread misinformation regarding Joe Biden's The bulletin, which was produced by the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A), also raised efforts by China and Iran to criticize President

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, a branch of the Department of Homeland Security, said on Tuesday that it's rolling out a website designed to debunk disinformation tactics aimed at voters in the buildup to Election Day.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, attends the Conference of Mayors 88th Winter Meeting at the Capital Hilton, in Washington, D.C., Jan. 22, 2020. © Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, attends the Conference of Mayors 88th Winter Meeting at the Capital Hilton, in Washington, D.C., Jan. 22, 2020.

One such example cited by the CISA is that if reporting sites suffer an outage on election night, vote totals will be lost or manipulated, which is false, DHS said. Cyber disruptions won't change vote totals.

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The Homeland Security Department is actually surging its efforts to protect elections against foreign hackers during the two years leading up to the 2020 elections -- not winding them down, the agency's top cybersecurity official insists. Chris Krebs, who leads DHS ’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure

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"Anticipating attempts along these lines, CISA and the FBI recently released a series of Public Service Announcements describing some of the tactics the bad guys might use, the security measures in place to stop them and the steps you can take to spot -- and stop -- foreign influence," CISA Director Chris Krebs said in a statement.

a man wearing a suit and tie holding a cell phone: Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, attends the Conference of Mayors 88th Winter Meeting at the Capital Hilton, in Washington, D.C., Jan. 22, 2020. © Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, attends the Conference of Mayors 88th Winter Meeting at the Capital Hilton, in Washington, D.C., Jan. 22, 2020.

At a briefing with reporters on Tuesday, Krebs said that no foreign country has changed a vote thus far.

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"Improving election security and countering information operations are complex challenges that no The DHS has been coordinating with state election officials on securing voting machines, while warning that Still, despite these efforts surrounding disinformation and the election , some campaigns

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"We have not seen any adversary, anyone with that sort of capability -- to be able to change a vote in the outcome of the election at the national scale is incredibly difficult to accomplish," Krebs explained.

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At that same briefing, the No. 2 at DHS, Ken Cuccinelli, urged patience when it comes to vote counting.

"There is very good chance that we will not know the winner of the presidential election, for instance, on election night itself," the acting deputy secretary of Homeland Security said. "And that's not because something isn't working. It's because of the additional security measures in place and the additional process time because of the changed way people are voting due to COVID."

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