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Most infosec pros believe election hacks are acts of cyber war

Author: Help Net Security / Source: Help Net Security

IT security professionals believe the effects of cyber attacks on elections go beyond diminishing confidence in the democratic process, according to a Venafi survey of 296 IT security professionals at Black Hat USA 2017.

Seventy-eight percent said they would consider it an act of cyber war if a nation-state was found to have hacked, or attempted to hack, another country’s election.

Intelligence agencies have determined that nation-states have already targeted elections globally, including in the U.S. A report from the NSA recently revealed that Russia launched a cyber attack on VR Systems, an election systems provider, prior to the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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