The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued a statement yesterday about the recent US elections that called them “the most secure in American history.” The statement, prepared jointly by Federal and state officials, added this perspective on recounts:
“When states have close elections, many will recount ballots. All of the states with close results in the 2020 presidential race have paper records of each vote, allowing the ability to go back and count each ballot if necessary. This is an added benefit for security and resilience. This process allows for the identification and correction of any mistakes or errors. There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.”
Thus CISA’s judgment is that voting systems as such were uncompromised, and that recounts are proceeding as they would in any close election.
Bellingcat reports that Bonanza Media, which bills itself as an independent investigative project dedicated to pursuing explanations of the 2014 crash of MH17, is in fact a Russian disinformation operation run by the GRU. (The actual explanation of the MH17 crash is that it was shot down over Eastern Ukraine by separatist forces fighting under the deniable control of the Russian government.)
Foreign Policy describes a resurgence in Islamist activity online. Some five-hundred “extremist channels” focused on Central Asia are active over such social media as Telegram and Vkontakte. Most of the networks have ties to the Islamic State, now expelled from territory it once controlled.