The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is urging state and local election officials to seek assistance from the federal government to fend off cyberattacks that could be used to manipulate the results of the November presidential elections.
The agency is ready to provide any assistance to help states secure their systems, if they request it, Jeh Johnson, the secretary of homeland security, said in a statement Saturday. Threats are rising that criminals will use cyberattacks to try to disrupt the administration of U.S. elections, the agency said.
“These challenges aren’t just in the future – they are here today,” Johnson said in the statement. “In recent months, malicious cyber-actors have been scanning a large number of state systems, which could be a preamble to attempted intrusions. In a few cases, we have determined that malicious actors gained access to state voting-related systems.”
Considering what this administration has made their mission statement during their tenure which is Americans need to be reined in and controlled because we are the enemy while real enemies are given carte blanche I would say I would not welcome any “help” from the federal government. Governments tie strings to their every venture and I look on this as another attack on not only the citizens but state rights.
While wanting to stop cyber crime letting the federal government in would be allowing the wolf in the door.