In the eyes of the ransomware threat on the voter databases prior to the 2020 election

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The united states government is to step up the efforts for the protection of the voter registration databases of ransomware attacks in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election.

The plan was first reported by Reuters, which noted that the cyber security Infrastructure Agency (CISA), which is part of the Department of Homeland Security, which has been in contact with election officials to enhance protection against ransomware.

“Recent history has shown that it is the state and county governments, and those who support them, are targets for ransomware attacks,” said CISA executive Director, Chris Krebs, in a statement to Fox News. “The voter registration databases may be an attractive target for such attacks.”


“A successful ransomware attack to be a critical issue for an election to limit the access to information and has the potential to undermine the trust and confidence of the public in the election,” Krebs added. “That’s the reason why we have to work together with the elected public officials and their private-sector partners to assist in the protection of their databases, and responding to the potential of ransomware attacks.

In a ransomware attack, hackers usually encrypt the computer network, data, and to keep ‘hostage’, with a digital decryption key to unlock it at a certain price. The FBI has described the message as the world’s fastest-growing malware threat.

Krebs said that The Election Infrastructure in the areas of Information and Analysis Center (EI-ISAC), which provides for the election, focused cyber security, with CERTIFICATION, for the cure of the voter registration databases are up against the threat of ransomware. “The public awareness of the risks of, and responses to these attacks, targeted cyber security services to help protect voter registration databases, and the implementation of a coordinated vulnerability disclosure program in conjunction with the EGG, LABORATORIES, election officials, and the security researcher community, we can stay one step ahead and to make up for the 2020 elections and include a safe and resilient,” he said in a statement.


Fox News has reached out to the FBI with a request to comment for this story.

In a number of cities and towns in the united states, including Atlanta, Baltimore, and his high-profile ransomware attacks. Earlier this month, the Texas Department of Information Resources announced that there will be a minimum of 20 local public authorities throughout the country had become a victim of hackers, with the help of a lot of manual intervention.

The attacks have taken place all over the US Hackers, for example, focused on the port of San Diego, in an attack that disrupted the agency’s IT systems. Is an Alaskan municipality, had to dust off the typewriter after a massive ransomware attack.

In 2017, a major new ransomware attack, forced the closure of a host of IT-based systems in Mecklenburg County, N. C.

In 2017, when an attacker targeted the Sacramento, Regional Transit, and the removal of the 30-million files in a ransomware attack. Officials have been working to restore the data from backup files.

By 2016, one in Los Angeles, the hospital is paid a ransom of nearly $17,000 in bitcoins to hackers who have infiltrated and disabled the computer network.

In 2017, a massive ransomware attack, which is called ‘NotPetya hit organizations in Europe, the lure of mass destruction, in particular in Ukraine. In the united states and the united kingdom, to blame Russia for the attack, an allegation that Russia denied. NotPetya came hot on the heels of the WannaCry a lot of manual intervention, which wreaked havoc all over the world.


With the CERTIFICATION, and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), and the Governors of the National Association (NGA) and the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) recently called on all levels of the government to take immediate action in order to protect against a ransomware attack. Organisations have been urged to immediately take a backup of their systems and perform back-ups on a day to day basis, and the gain on the basis of cyber security education and awareness, and to review and develop cyber incident response plans.

In a document posted on its web site on July 14, 2016, the FBI is used to describe the size of the browser hijacker threat. “A lot of manual intervention, it is the fastest-growing threat of malware aimed at users of all kinds – from the home user to the network of the company,” he said. The FBI estimates that, on average, more than 4,000 of ransomware attacks have occurred daily since the Aug. 1, 2016, which is an increase of 300 per cent over the previous year.

Fox News’ Jake Gibson, Samuel Chamberlain, Melissa Leon, Barnini Chakraborty and the Associated Press contributed to this article.

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