The chief executive of McAfee believes cyber security firms will see higher demand for election protection as authorities in countries such as the US and UK try to safeguard “integrity” at the ballot box. Chris Young said there was a growing trend of attacks targeting “major events” like the most recent Winter Olympics, with the next big focus likely to be the highly-anticipated US midterm elections in November. “We’re now at a point where you could almost be certain than any notable event will have a corresponding set of cyber attacks with it,” he told the Press Association, adding that “election protection is going to be … bigger.”
“Not just here in the US but certainly in the UK, Germany and France, in any developed country there is much more heightened awareness in and around making sure the integrity of our elections is solid,” Mr Young explained.
He said the targets could be far more subtle than ballot count tampering, and could result in issues like incorrect voting instructions on election day.
“Very simple things, even websites for example being manipulated locally to send people to the wrong polling places – those are the kind of things we’ll be looking out for.