Report On Internet Security In Conducting Elections

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Running head: INTERNET SECURITYAssignment [Student Name Here][Institution’s Name Here] [Professor’s Name Here][Date Here]
INTERNET SECURITY2Table of ContentsContents PagePart A: Millions of voter records exposed (June 2017)...................3The problem experienced...................................................................3How and why the leak occurred........................................................4Solutions............................................................................................5Part B: May 2017 attack (Ransomware)..........................................6The Problem.......................................................................................6Affected parties and how?.................................................................6WannaCry’s execution procedure......................................................7Preventing the WannaCry attack.......................................................8References............................................................................................9
INTERNET SECURITY3Part A: Millions of voter records exposed (June 2017)The problem experiencedElections are always a tightly contested event, an attribute that facilitates a lot of scrutiny andtension. In today’s world, this process has been marked by many technological advanceswhich aim to improve the process through time and resource efficiency. Now, while theseadvances may facilitate better results, they also are associated with many problems becauseof the amount of data that is used. These problems have been well illustrated in 2017, wheremultiple hacks and data exposure incidences have occurred over electoral processes. Thisyear alone countries such as Georgia, Philippines and Mexico have had extensive data leaksin their voter registration records, an outcome that has facilitated a great deal ofspeculation[ CITATION Cap171 \l 2057 ].However, of all the incidences recorded, none has topped the recent leak in the Americanvoter registration where over 198 million records were fairly exposed to the public at large.This incidence occurred in June and was subject to millions of records that dated back to adecade ago, accounting for a significant amount of the records held by the country’s electoralcommission. Nevertheless, prior to the breach, the data was held by an independent dataanalytic company known as Deep Root. This company had been contracted by theRepublican Party in order to conduct a research on the opinions held by the American voters.Therefore, at the time of the leak, thousands of records detailing names, addresses andpersonal opinions on political issues were held by the company’s systems. Furthermore, thecontracted company did not discover the problem by itself but was facilitated by anindependent research group (Upguard) who through their researcher Chris Vickery found thedata online[ CITATION Hal17 \l 2057 ].

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