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Your smart home device could be a threat to our elections

8 Mar 2020

Data from IoT devices—someone entering a building, driving, using a sink or coffee machine—could make all of us more susceptible to highly targeted spear-phishing attacks.

The app failure that led to a chaotic 2020 Iowa caucus was a reminder of how vulnerable the democratic process is to technological problems—even without any malicious outside intervention. Far more sophisticated foreign hacking continues to try to disrupt democracy, as a rare joint federal agency warning advised prior to Super Tuesday. Russia’s attempt to interfere in the 2016 election has already revealed how this could happen: social media disinformation, email hacking, and probing of voter registration systems.

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