Government elections across the globe face huge cybersecurity concerns, but no more so than the upcoming U.S. presidential election in November. The entire process presents numerous opportunities for cyber hackers to skew the electoral process or even the result of the election itself. From cyber hackers infiltrating voting machine software, voter registration systems and electoral offices during the election to the misuse of platforms such as social media to plant misinformation prior to the election, every part carries a risk.
Twitter’s recent cyberattack shows how easy it really can be for cybercriminals to impersonate powerful and trusted people and that politicians are not exempt from this. Additionally, it showed how the security of the election could actually be out of the hands of the electoral offices and candidates themselves, with the influence of social media platforms posing a huge risk to the integrity of the election.