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Sat May 5, 2018, 07:38 PM

A cyberattack knocked a Tennessee county's election website offline during voting

Taylor Hatmaker@tayhatmaker / Yesterday

After a distributed denial-of-service attack knocked some servers offline during a local election in Tennessee this week, Knox County is working with an outside security contractor to investigate the cause. The attack took the Knox County Election Commission site displaying results of the county mayoral primary offline during Tuesday night voting. The county resorted to distributing printed results during the outage.

“Tonight, Our web servers suffered a successful denial of service attack,” Knox County wrote on Twitter on Tuesday night. “Election results were not affected, as our election machines are never connected to the Internet.”

The day after the incident, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett reassured voters that the attack did not compromise the vote. Election systems that can go online are far less secure than systems that are not able to connect to the internet.

“Although the crash did not affect the vote tallies or the integrity of the election, this is not something that should happen,” Burchett said in a statement. “I want to know what happened, and I think an independent review will help to determine that so we can move forward and work to prevent similar issues in the future.”

Burchett disputed outside claims that his office had acted “prematurely” in dismissing any risk to the integrity of the Knox County vote, reiterating that the county’s voting system “is never connected to internet, never at risk.”
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more: https://techcrunch.com/2018/05/04/tennessee-election-ddos-knox-county-voting/

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Reply A cyberattack knocked a Tennessee county's election website offline during voting (Original post)
eppur_se_muova May 2018 OP
LAS14 May 2018 #1
Sophia4 May 2018 #7
Takket May 2018 #2
Laura PourMeADrink May 2018 #3
Docreed2003 May 2018 #4
RKP5637 May 2018 #5
Docreed2003 May 2018 #6
Duppers May 2018 #9
procon May 2018 #8

Response to eppur_se_muova (Original post)

Sat May 5, 2018, 07:44 PM

1. EVERY election should have paper ballot backups! EVERY election!!! nt

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Response to LAS14 (Reply #1)

Sat May 5, 2018, 07:58 PM

7. Yes.

 

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Original post)

Sat May 5, 2018, 07:47 PM

2. dry run for november............

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Original post)

Sat May 5, 2018, 07:47 PM

3. Practice? Trump mafia?

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Original post)

Sat May 5, 2018, 07:50 PM

4. How could the servers be affected by a DDS attack

If they aren't connected to the internet???

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Response to Docreed2003 (Reply #4)

Sat May 5, 2018, 07:52 PM

5. Excellent question!!! They must be talking about two different networks. One internal and the other

on WWW.

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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #5)

Sat May 5, 2018, 07:58 PM

6. Maybe so...

But as a Tennessean this REALLY bugs me and I not comfortable with this dudes explanation!

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Response to Docreed2003 (Reply #6)

Sun May 6, 2018, 07:54 AM

9. Me too

And me either.

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Original post)

Sat May 5, 2018, 08:57 PM

8. "Testing, testing. Ya, a complete success, comrade." nt

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