CrowdStrike co-founder: “More needs to be done” to secure elections

Washington — With less than 80 days until the general election, the co-founder of CrowdStrike, a cybersecurity technology company, warned that the federal government and states need to be doing more to protect election infrastructure from cyberattacks by malign actors.

In an interview Sunday with “Face the Nation,” Dmitri Alperovitch, who co-founded CrowdStrike and worked as its chief technology officer, said he is worried about attacks on voting infrastructure, such as voter databases, vote tallying systems and vote reporting systems.

“Those are very, very vulnerable to hacking,” Alperovitch said. “And we need to be doing more to protect them.”

Alperovitch said the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, a component of the Department of Homeland Security that works to defend against cyberattacks, is scanning election systems ahead of the November election, but said “more needs to be done.”

In addition to hacking election infrastructure, Alperovitch said there are numerous ways foreign entities can interfere in U.S. elections, including by hacking into campaigns and political organizations as the Russians did in 2016, and by engaging in influence operations as the intelligence community has warned China, Iran and Russia are doing.

But Alperovitch said his “biggest concern” is the “hackability of

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