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Secret Service, DHS Scramble To Secure America’s Election

Secret service agents rushed Donald Trump off a stage in Nevada Saturday night, CNN reports. “A scuffle could be seen breaking out in the audience, but it was not immediately clear what happened… Secret Service and police tactical units rushed in to detain a man [who] was then rushed by a throng of police officers, Secret Service agents and SWAT officers armed with assault rifles to a side room… A law enforcement official told CNN no weapon was discovered. The GOP nominee was apparently unharmed and returned to the stage minutes later to finish his speech.” Meanwhile, an anonymous reader writes:
“All but two U.S. states have accepted help from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to probe and scan voter registration and election systems for vulnerabilities, a department official told Reuters.” Ohio is relying on the National Guard’s cyber protection unit, while Arizona says they’ve held discussions with the FBI, DHS and state-level agents on cyber security. But in addition, “U.S. military hackers have penetrated Russia’s electric grid, telecommunications networks and the Kremlin’s command systems, making them vulnerable to attack by secret American cyber weapons should the U.S. deem it necessary, according to a senior intelligence official and top-secret documents reviewed by NBC News.” American officials believe Russian hacking efforts will continue through 2018, according to the Wall Street Journal. “By hacking and dumping emails, Russia is trying ‘to denigrate the American electoral system, to make it look chaotic, make it look manipulable, make it look subject to intrusion, cheating and vulnerable so you can’t trust it…to make us look no better than the Russian electoral system,'” said one senior White House official. Russia is also expected to extend their efforts toward elections in Europe.


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