#CyberSecurityPulse: Google’s project to fight election attacks

ElevenPaths    29 May, 2018
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On the night of the primary elections in May, the residents from the county Knox, Tennessee, did not know who had won for about an hour. They did not have access to the website which was following the county’s elections, as the page was blocked at 8pm when they had just closed the polls. The county IT director, Dick Moran, said that the website had seen “extremely unusual and heavy network traffic”. Their mayor asked for an investigation in regards to the attack, whose signs showed that it was most likely an attack by DDoS.

The attacks were triggered during the electoral cycles within different parts of the world. In this way, Jigsaw, a technological incubator owned by Alphabet which is Google’s parent company, has released Project Shield, a free tool for DDoS protection. In the past it was only available for journalists and human rights defenders, now it will be available for the local elections too.

Attacks against the elections have become a national security concern for the United States, since there are multiple available tactics which exist to disrupt the democracy. The National Security Department has offered to help the State electoral officials ensure that their electronic voting machines are intruder-proof and that the campaign officials know how to keep them secure.

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