Conventional computer security measures will not be enough to stop attacks against the nation's voting equipment, says Sen. Angus King, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
"Organizations with great in-house expertise and large security budgets are routinely penetrated," King, a Maine independent, told Senate colleagues, The Bangor Daily News reports.
"[There are] regular reports of breaches or attempted breaches at the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, the Office of Personnel Management, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Google, Yahoo, Target, health insurance companies, banks and all sorts of state and local governments."
King added that local election offices, "many of which have only part-time staff, have vastly less computer security expertise and funding with which to try to defend their systems."
That said, Maine is fairly secure against attacks for a very old fashioned reason: the state relies on paper ballots for nearly all of its voting.
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