Recent hacks of the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and election databases have increased fears that cybercriminals will try to interfere with the upcoming U.S. presidential election.
Concerns leading up to election day on November 8 could have a real impact on voter turnout, according to a study from cybersecurity firm Carbon Black. More than one in five registered U.S. voters may stay home on election day because of fears about cybersecurity and vote tampering, the study — an online survey of 700 registered voters aged 18-54 — found.
"If someone with a keyboard and mouse can literally create this doubt in the process itself, that's a tremendous amount of power over a country like ours," said Carbon Black chief security strategist Ben Johnson.
Go to the polls and use a paper vote whenever possible, said Johnson.
"The paper trail is important," he said. "The voting machines are known to have vulnerabilities, or there's risk that they could be manipulated."