Here’s Exactly How Russia Can Hack the 2018 Elections

The meddling in last year’s presidential election, which the US intelligence community maintains was coordinated by Russia, could be just a taste of what’s to come.

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Jul 10 2017, 1:47pm

The year is 2018. Tens of millions of people show up to vote in the midterm elections to discover their names are no longer on the voter rolls. Thousands of voting machines malfunction and do not properly record votes. Tallies are distorted and inaccurate numbers are sent from counties to states. TV networks call races for the wrong candidates. Recounts begin. Lawsuits are filed.

That's the nightmare scenario for the elections next year, and national security and cybersecurity experts warn it's a very real possibility unless something is done about the country's outdated election infrastructure—and fast. The hyper-partisan atmosphere on Capitol Hill, however, appears to have frozen any effort to shore up defenses ahead of the midterms, with Republicans wary of giving more attention to the ongoing Russia probes and suspicious that Democrats are only using the issue to attack the president.

And while the Obama administration retaliated against Russia with some sanctions and the Senate recently passed a bill tacking on a few more, Donald Trump's White House and the Republican-led Congress have done almost nothing to defend against future interference. Trump has repeatedly cast doubt on the intelligence community's conclusion that Russia was behind the election cyberattacks and has extended an open hand to the country's president, Vladimir Putin. In fact, Trump tweeted Sunday morning that he and Putin may be partnering on cybersecurity, an idea that lead to widespread criticism from lawmakers. (Trump later backtracked).

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