The United States has just experienced one of the most polarizing election seasons in
history with candidates on completely opposite sides of the political spectrum. Due to this, there has been a massive uproar over “election hacking” by Russia. Russians are said to have hacked the DNC — the governing party of the Democratic Party in the US — exposing corruption in the party. Russians did not interfere with the actual vote tallies, and instead brought massive unethical behavior to light, but the Democrats still claim Russia “hacked” the election.
In an unforeseen move, the Dutch Government has announced that the votes from the 17 million citizens will be hand-counted. With an increase in cybercrime, the Interior Minister released a statement today that states, “Reports in recent days about vulnerabilities in our systems raise the question of whether the results could be manipulated, […] No shadow of doubt can be permitted.”
After the supposed outside influence by foreign governments in the United States, many countries are following suit and tightening up their security protocols. The foreign labor secretary of the UK stated, “While the digital revolution has opened up a whole host of opportunities, it has also created new vulnerabilities. […] Attention has recently focused on the potential exploitation of the cyber-domain by other states and associated actors for political purposes, but this is just one source of threat that the government must address.”