Sen. Rounds talks cyber, election security
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Wednesday night the FBI announced Iran is behind intimidating messages sent to voters in an effort to influence the upcoming election. Russia was also identified as having obtained American’s Voter registration information but South Dakota Sen. Mike Rounds says the elections are still safe.
As a member of the Subcommittee for Cybersecurity for the Senate Armed Services Committee, Rounds says Russia, Iran, China, and North Korea have been trying to improve their abilities to dissuade the American people from having confidence in the election process.
He adds the United States has taken major strides in defensive and offensive capabilities to prevent foreign interference in the U.S. election.
“You’re going to hear afterward that we stopped something but in the meantime, beforehand we don’t want them to know when we are doing offensive operations and when we can se them and we are in the middle of stopping them with our defensive capabilities, we don’t need to telecast that to the world,” said Rounds.
He says the FBI’s latest announcement is meant to alert the public that there is misinformation on social media with the purpose of influencing the election and promoting distrust in the election process.
Even with elections two weeks away, the Senator says ballots sent through the mail in South Dakota are safe though he urges constituents to vote and vote early.
“If you haven’t already requested your ballot, you might want to stop in at your local county auditor, walk on it, wear a mask, and say, ‘Hey, I want to vote early’,” said Rounds. “You don’t need a reason to request to vote early. All you do is request to vote early and they’ll let you vote early.”