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U.S. elections face 'credible cyberthreats'

Baker Institute faculty scholar Dan Wallach warned that American election systems face “credible cyberthreats” during testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology in Washington, D.C.  “It’s far too late to change the technologies upon which we will cast our votes,” Wallach said. “My best advice is that we need contingency planning.”

Wallach, a Rice professor of computer science, is an expert on voting machine security. "We’ve learned that Russia may have been behind leaked Democratic National Committee emails, explicitly to manipulate our elections,” he said. “And they need not attack every county in every state. It’s sufficient for them to go after ‘battleground’ states, where a small nudge can have a large impact.”

Watch the Sept. 13, 2016, hearing on "Protecting the 2016 Elections from Cyber and Voting Machine Attacks" below. Wallach's testimony begins at the 41:00 mark.