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Microsoft and other security experts see election hacking from Russia, China, and Iran

The hacking groups appear to be focused on creating fear, uncertainty, and doubt about U.S. elections systems, added John Dickson, principal at security vendor Denim Group.

“When you are trying to undermine confidence across the entire election process, you have a wide aperture,” he told the Washington Examiner. “Nation-state actors are less interested in influencing the outcome of one election as they are in creating chaos and confusion around the campaigning and vote collection processes, which ultimately undermine our confidence in the broader electoral process.”

The hacking group has many avenues of attack when they target U.S. elections, he added.

“The surface area for voting infrastructure is so expansive,” Dickson said. “I suspect they will start with political campaigns given there are so many of them, and they remain the soft underbelly of the election security problem.”

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