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Mon Oct 31, 2016, 01:38 PM

Nearly Every State Has Asked for Federal Help to Protect Voting Systems From Hacks

Source: ABC News

Nearly Every State Has Asked for Federal Help to Protect Voting Systems From Hacks

By GENEVA SANDS - Oct 31, 2016, 1:55 PM ET

Nearly every state has asked the Department of Homeland Security to help protect election systems from hacks, according to the latest tally by DHS.

With only eight days until Election Day, 46 states and 35 county or local election agencies have reached out to the department for assistance. Only 33 states and 11 localities had asked for help as of Oct. 10, 2016.

Time is of the essence for states that need assistance since it can take up to two weeks from the time DHS receives authorization to run the scans and identify vulnerabilities. It can then take at least a week to mitigate any vulnerabilities that are found, according to DHS.

Earlier this month, U.S. intelligence agencies publicly blamed Russia for recent cyber-attacks that compromised emails of political organizations in the U.S., such as the Democratic National Committee.

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Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/state-asked-federal-protect-voting-systems-hacks/story?id=43197682

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