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FBI, CISA Say DDoS Attacks Won’t Prevent Voting

October 1, 2020

DDoS attacks would either slow down election-related public-facing websites or render them inaccessible, thus preventing voters from staying updated with voting information or from accessing voting results.

Such attacks are meant to disrupt activities for a period of time through flooding Internet-accessible servers with requests and preventing legitimate users from connecting to online resources, such as online accounts or websites.

“The public should be aware that if foreign actors or cyber criminals were able to successfully conduct DDoS attacks against election infrastructure, the underlying data and internal systems would remain uncompromised, and anyone eligible to vote would still be able to cast a ballot,” the FBI and CISA note.

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