Former Facebook security chief Alex Stamos has issued a sobering warning about the continuing threat of foreign interference in US elections, saying it’s “too late to protect the 2018 elections.” But he believes the 2020 election can still be saved. Stamos, who blog post published Wednesday on Lawfare, Stamos seizes on two pieces of news he says proves that “America’s adversaries believe that it is still both safe and effective to attack U.S. democracy using American technologies and the freedoms we cherish.”for Stanford University earlier this month, is well acquainted with the subject, having played a central role in Facebook’s response to interference by Russian trolls in the 2016 US presidential election that took place on the social media giant. In a
On Monday, Microsoft revealed it recentlyseveral fake websites designed to trick visitors and allow a hacking group connected to the Russian government to hack into their computers. A day later, Facebook said it had , groups and accounts that were part of separate influence campaigns coming from Iran and Russia.
Stamos argues that the US government fails to understand that a multi-year effort by Russian agents harnessed American technology, media and the country’s culture of discourse to sow political discontent.
“In some ways, the United States has broadcast to the world that it doesn’t take these issues seriously and that any perpetrators of information warfare against the West will get, at most, a slap on the wrist,” Stamos wrote. “While this failure has left the U.S. unprepared to protect the 2018 elections, there is still a chance to defend American democracy in 2020.”