News

Elections

Top DHS Official: Hackers Using Midterms to Practice for 2020

(Kacper Pempel/Reuters)

A top official at the Department of Homeland Security said Thursday that hackers are using the 2018 midterm congressional elections to practice for the “big game” in 2020.

“We are working aggressively right now with our partners in state and locals to work through what could an adversary do in the three weeks or two-and-a-half week leadup to the midterm elections,” Christopher Krebs, undersecretary of the National Protection and Programs Directorate at DHS said during a speech for a “CyberTalks” event in Washington, D.C.

“Yes, the midterm is not the big game, the big game we think for the adversaries’ probably 2020. ’18’s just the warm-up or the exhibition game. But nonetheless we’re going to be ready, we’ve been working around the clock.”

However, Krebs reassured that DHS is not seeing “direct election hacking” right now.

“We’re not seeing anything right now along the lines of 2016, and that frankly makes me a little nervous,” Krebs said.

“I have a paranoid disposition anyway so I continue to work through what can we do. I don’t want to have another failure of intelligence and I don’t want to, most importantly, have another failure of imagination.”

“We’re ready,” he said on PBS earlier this month. “I think this is going to be the most secure election in the modern era.”

DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen agreed, saying weeks ago that the department has “no indication that a foreign adversary intends to disrupt our election infrastructure,” but added that, “we know they have the capability and we know they have the will.”

Last month, President Trump accused China of attempting to interfere in U.S. elections to the detriment of his administration, saying he has “evidence” of meddling.

“They do not want me or us to win because I am the first president to ever challenge China on trade,” he said.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russians for conspiring to hack the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign databases during the 2016 campaign season.

Trump also signed an executive order prescribing sanctions for foreign entities that attempt to meddle in U.S. elections.

Most Popular

U.S.

Men Literally Died for That Flag, You Idiots

The American flag’s place in our culture is beginning to look less unassailable. The symbol itself is under attack, as we’ve seen with Nike dumping a shoe design featuring an early American flag, Megan Rapinoe defending her national-anthem protests (she says she will never sing the song again), and ... Read More
Books

The Plot against Kavanaugh

Justice on Trial, by Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino (Regnery,  256 pp., $28.99) The nomination and confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court was the political event of 2018, though not for the reasons anyone expected. All High Court confirmations these days are fraught with emotion and tumult ... Read More
Politics & Policy

He Just Can’t Help Himself

By Saturday, the long-simmering fight between Nancy Pelosi and her allies on one side and the “squad” associated with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the other had risen to an angrier and more destructive level at the Netroots Nation conference. Representative Ayanna Pressley, an African-American Massachusetts ... Read More
White House

On Gratitude and Immigration

Like both Rich and David, I consider it flatly inappropriate for the president of the United States to be telling Americans -- rhetorically or otherwise -- to “go back where you came from.” In consequence, you will find no defense of the president from me, either. What Trump tweeted over the weekend was ... Read More
Education

Gender Dissenter Gets Fired

Allan M. Josephson is a distinguished psychiatrist who, since 2003, has transformed the division of child and adolescent psychiatry and psychology at the University of Louisville from a struggling department to a nationally acclaimed program. In the fall of 2017 he appeared on a panel at the Heritage Foundation ... Read More
U.S.

The ‘Squad’ Gives a Gift to Donald Trump

On Sunday, Donald Trump gave the Democrats a gift -- comments that indicate he thinks native-born congresswomen he detests should “go back” to the countries of their ancestors. On Monday, the four congresswomen handed Trump a gift in return, managing to respond to the president’s insults in some of the most ... Read More
PC Culture

A Herd Has No Mind

sup { vertical-align: super; font-size: smaller; } Funny thing about my new book: I had begun shopping around the proposal for writing it long before my brief period of employment with that other magazine and the subsequent witless chimp-brained media freakout and Caffeine-Free Diet Maoist struggle ... Read More