US election security official highlights email threat

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Beware the phishing attempts.

An election security official with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday warned top state election officials nationwide to safeguard against fraudulent emails targeting state and local election workers.

The emails appear as if they come from a legitimate source and contain links that, if opened, can open up election data systems to manipulation or attacks.

Geoff Hale, director of the department’s Election Security Initiative, told a gathering of secretaries of state that the nation’s decentralized voting systems remain especially vulnerable to emails that can trick unsuspecting workers into providing access to elections databases.

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate, a Republican, calls phishing the No. 1 concern when it comes to securing election-related computer systems in his state.

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