Hackers Disable Georgia County Election Database with Ransomware
A ransomware attack earlier this month disabled a Hall County, Georgia, database that is used to verify voters' signatures on absentee ballots. While the attack did not affect the voting process, county employees have had to manually verify signatures from voter registration cards.
It is verification of signatures that makes absentee voting secure. The signature must be used and validated twice: once when applying for the absentee ballot and once when submitting it. This is even more secure than in those jurisdictions that do not check a photo ID for in-person voting.
William Hugh Murray
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