During an interview with NBC News, Alex Stamos, former chief of security for Facebook, warned that the U.S. is not prepared for cyber interference in the 2018 midterm elections now just three weeks away. To get ready, Stamos says there have been only “small improvements” when what is needed is a “massive upgrade in campaign infrastructure” capable of standing against “a professional hacking agency.” On the other hand, he says Facebook itself has done a “good job” adapting its own approach to cyber interference in the wake of Russia’s exploitation of its platform for influence operations and disinformation campaigns.
Here’s more from Washington Examiner…
Facebook’s former chief of security warned that the United States is not equipped to handle potential cyber interference in the 2018 midterm elections.
During an interview with NBC News, Alex Stamos said the U.S. has not launched the kind of massive upgrade in campaign infrastructure that would be needed to stand against a professional hacking agency.
“There’s been small improvements in campaign security,” Stamos said. “But we have not seen the kind of massive upgrade in campaign infrastructure that you would need to stand against a professional hacking agency like that.”
Meanwhile, he said Facebook has done a “good job” of responding to the events of 2016.
NBC News said Stamos likened the alleged meddling by Russian hackers in the 2016 election to Pearl Harbor and the Sept. 11 attacks in terms of a nationwide failure to foresee a potentially catastrophic event and respond aggressively to lingering threats.