NYS holding election cybersecurity drills this month

Jun 4, 2018

Officials in New York are conducting a series of cybersecurity drills to test how vulnerable the state's election system is to hacking.

The exercises will simulate scenarios in which a hostile group seeks to tamper with voting systems, change election tallies or otherwise undermine voter confidence.

Members of law enforcement, state cybersecurity experts and election officials will participate in the training drills, which will be held around the state through the middle of June. The events are meant to help officials identify problems with election security before they can be exploited.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo cited Russian attempts to meddle with the 2016 presidential election and said New York will not "stand idle" and allow its democracy to be infiltrated.