Phishing Campaigns Threaten Elections

An election security official with the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) warned state election officials about the threat posed by phishing campaigns targeting election workers. State and local government systems can be targeted through phishing emails in order to gain access to election systems, databases, and networks for manipulation or attack. The fraudulent emails may contain links and appear to be from legitimate sources. The NJCCIC recommends election workers and officials avoid clicking on links and opening attachments from unsolicited or unexpected emails, even those appearing to be from known senders. Users are advised to, instead, navigate to websites by manually typing the URL into the address bar of their browser and enable multi-factor authentication where available to prevent account compromise as a result of credential theft. Additionally, educating users about this and similar threats can reduce victimization. For more information, please review the ABC News article.