AG Jim Hood asking Congress to do more to protect elections - WLBT.com - Jackson, MS

AG Jim Hood asking Congress to do more to protect elections

AG Jim Hood - Source: WLBT Archives AG Jim Hood - Source: WLBT Archives
JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is joining 21 other attorneys general writing to congressional leaders, urging them to improve cyber security to protect the integrity of the upcoming 2018 midterm election and elections to come.

The letter cites cyber attacks and infiltrations committed by Russia in 2016. Hood says a recent investigation has found Russian hackers targeted the American electoral system, stole the private information of hundreds of thousands of people and infiltrated a company that supplies voting software across the nation, putting the upcoming elections at serious risk.

Hood says this is a vital issue for this state. He adds, Mississippi is considered one of 14 states vulnerable to election hacking.

"Our state's lack of a paper trail due to electronic ballots is a large concern and makes us susceptible to foreign infiltration by use of voting machines, which are computers. Unfortunately, implementing the proper cyber security and updating voting mechanisms can be a great cost. It is my hope that Congress will recognize the urgency of sufficient funding to achieve these improvements to protect our democracy", Hood said.

You can see the full letter here.

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