The security of today's midterm elections in the US depend in part on the integrity of the electronic voting machines and the thwarting of foreign influence campaigns. As cyber attacks are expected, several government agencies have joined forces to combat influence efforts and help state and local officials secure the election.
Four US senators, members of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, sent a letter on Wednesday to Election Systems and Software (ES&S), the largest voting machine vendor in the US, asking for clarifications on why the vendor is trying to discourage independent security reviews of its products.
On Tuesday the web site used to display the voting results for the Knox County, Tennessee mayoral primary was taken offline by a distributed denial-of-service attack. This prevented voters from being able to access the site and view the results of the primary.