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DHS warns political campaigns vulnerable to cyberattacks, stay vigilant

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TLDR: DHS Calls Political Campaigns ‘Ripe Target’ for Cyberattacks

Foreign adversaries and cybercriminals are increasingly targeting U.S. political campaigns ahead of the 2024 elections, with the Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for Cyber warning about the vulnerability of these campaigns. Foreign nation-states, like China, are likely to attempt to influence the elections, using sophisticated tactics such as generative AI. The DHS has announced measures to fortify election infrastructure cybersecurity, including a new $2 billion preparedness grant program. DHS emphasizes working with information sharing and analysis centers and implementing regional support to secure elections systems.

Key Points:

  • Foreign adversaries and cybercriminals are targeting U.S. political campaigns ahead of the 2024 elections.
  • DHS has announced measures to fortify election infrastructure cybersecurity, including a new $2 billion preparedness grant program.

Foreign hackers are infiltrating campaigns to sow discord and undermine the integrity of the electoral process, as seen in previous successful attacks like the 2016 DNC hack. DHS aims to work closely with stakeholders to secure election systems and prevent cyberattacks on political campaigns.


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