Politico claims 'hackers' could 'undermine' midterm elections

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On the eve of a midterm election that has pollsters predicting that the GOP will take leadership of Congress, Politico has published an article telling readers that there are threats to the upcoming election’s integrity, including from anonymous “hackers,” that “could spark chaos, confusion and unrest that last long after the polls close.”

According to Politico, “The 2020 presidential election was rife with allegations of voting machine hacks that were later debunked. Yet there are real risks that hackers could tunnel into voting equipment and other election infrastructure to try to undermine Tuesday’s vote.”

The article then goes to highlight six areas they say voters should watch out for, all while distancing themselves from those same critiques that emerged from conservative circles in 2020.

Politico warns of the exploitation of  “mis- and disinformation.” They write, “Hacking threats and disinformation fears loom large as voters head to the polls” and then later “Lies and conspiracy theories about the security of election systems are what most worry election supervisors and federal cybersecurity and intelligence officials, because those falsehoods can inflame mistrust.”

Politico has been criticized for the wanton spread of misinformation in the past, such as when they were busted for publishing a fake story in 2020 claiming Trump was in debt to the Bank of China.

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