As the 2020 U.S. presidential election approaches, the FBI announced Thursday that it will begin notifying states to ensure the elections are more secure when the local election system is hacked,media reported. Until then, the agency would only notify its owners of devices that have been compromised by cyberattacks, usually by less responsive county and local governments.
The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that U.S. lawmakers and election officials have been concerned and criticized for months about the FBI’s inability to brief them on possible threats. In a telephone interview with reporters, an FBI official also noted that the FBI would not notify election technology vendors of violations.
“Cyber intrusions affecting the electoral infrastructure have the potential to have a significant negative impact on the integrity of the election,” the FBI said in a press release. Understanding the mitigation of such incidents often depends on timely notification. Decisions on notification remain dependent on the nature and breadth of the event and the nature of the infrastructure affected. “