In the wake of a recent report from The Wall Street Journal about threats to Georgia's voting system, the state's election official has downplayed the risks to cybersecurity. Georgia's Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has said that there is no evidence of an attack, and he is confident that the state's voting system is secure.
The report in question noted that a group of security researchers found that the system's servers were vulnerable to a certain type of cyberattack, while other security researchers found security lapses in the system's software. Despite these findings, Raffensperger has said that the individual counties that run the elections have strong cybersecurity protocols in place, and he believes that this was not a major issue.
However, cybersecurity experts have explained why this is concerning. Even if there is no evidence of an attack, these findings suggest that hackers could still have access to the system and potentially manipulate the results of the election. They also point out that there could still be other security lapses which have not been detected.
Despite these warnings, the Georgia official continues to downplay the risks of cyberattacks on its elections. While the risk may not be imminent, these findings underscore the need for greater focus on cybersecurity in elections, and the importance of keeping election systems updated and secure. The continued downplaying of these risks by state officials is putting Georgia’s elections at risk and highlights why cyber security should be taken seriously by all government organizations.