Last summer, a group at Harvard came together to try and solve the issue of cybersecurity and the American ballot box. The bipartisan group has spent the last several months researching vulnerabilities in state and local elections.
Idaho’s lieutenant governor, Brad Little, made a pitch to the state’s powerful Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee. Rather than make any serious request for himself, he pushed for funds to go toward a proposal floated by the governor.
Idaho State Treasurer Ron Crane and Ohio Gov. John Kasich were just a couple of the many government websites hacked Sunday by a message containing the phrase “I love the Islamic State.” These hackings are being called defacements, or “internet graffiti," and no data was compromised.
A spokesperson for Crane says a permanent solution to the hacking is being pursued and should be in place by the end of the week.