Elections in the United States are on the way while the devastation brought about by the pandemic continues to affect the country.
A recent report by the US government, however, bared that Iran and Russia had interfered in the past elections through hacking technology.
Amid the dilemma brought about by the health and political situation in the US, its upcoming elections are set to become more complicated. This begs the question: Are hackers really capable of influencing national polls?
It’s not exactly a hard question. If we’re talking about an online-based or digital-based type of voting system, then yes, it’s a possibility.
But even when elections are held in a traditional way, hackers can still find a loophole in the system. Hackers can reach people through the Internet and send misleading information and messages in favor of or against a candidate. With that said, though, how effective that would be is another story.
The US Intelligence Community identified that Iran, as the supposed culprit, utilizes emails to spread a misleading campaign through messages or videos. The data is said to be used by foreign actors to deliver false information to registered voters, causing confusion and undermining their confidence in elections.
So it all boils down to the receiving end— whether or not these registered voters would let themselves be fooled by the misinformation randomly handed out to them.
But If you think about it, the ability to circulate misinformation to convince many people is not exclusive to hackers. Citizens themselves, incidentally or deliberately, can also spread misinformation to their peers and family— and the receiving end would be none the wiser.