Attorney General Maura Healey said the threat of hackers attempting to influence or disrupt the U.S. elections this fall is something that should worry all Americans, but said backup plans are in place for Bay State ballots if something should go wrong.
“This is just insane, the world we are in today when you think about what hackers are doing,” Healey said on Herald Radio’s “Morning Meeting” show yesterday.
“We see it in reports to our office,” she said. The Herald reported yesterday that California U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, predicts that Russian hackers will continue cyberattacks on the U.S. election process.
Healey said her staffers have fielded complaints from people who have had personal information such as bank accounts or emails hacked, and also noted larger-scale hacks on companies including Yahoo! and The Home Depot. She said backup plans are in place in Massachusetts in the event of a cyberattack Nov. 8.
“I am sure the Secretary of State’s Office will do everything it can to be sure there is not an issue,” Healey said. “I believe, in most places, we have the equivalent of a paper ballot or some sort of backup in the event of an attempted attack.”
Healey said the issue of hacking is a “national concern.”
“This is something we all need to be concerned about,” she said.
“On the national level, they are working hard in states that don’t have paper ballot backups to make sure systems are in place, should there be an attack,” Healey said.