Super Tuesday goes off (mostly) without a hitch.
Super Tuesday in the US proceeded without any evidence of hacking or significant disinformation, according to the Washington Post. A senior official at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) told the press that US law enforcement and intelligence agencies didn't see any noteworthy malicious activity, ABC News reports. There was a spate of robocalls in Texas that instructed Democrats to vote on Wednesday, but the CISA official noted that these types of calls are common on election days.
Some states did encounter technical glitches with voting machines and election websites. State-run polling location websites for Texas and Minnesota temporarily went down due to heavy traffic, Nextgov says. Los Angeles County in California experienced voting machine shutdowns that resulted in very long wait times, the Los Angeles Times reports. CISA said none of these issues were attributed to malicious activity.
General Paul Nakasone, director of US Cyber Command and NSA, told Congress on Wednesday that his "top priority is a safe and secure election that is free from foreign influence," according to The Hill. General Nakasone said the government coordination during the 2018 midterms looked "like a pickup game" compared to what he saw this past Super Tuesday. He added that adversaries are still using social media platforms to conduct influence operations, but said "we are ready for them."
Prior to Super Tuesday, the heads of eight US government agencies (DOS, DOJ, DOD, DHS, ODNI, FBI, NSA, and CISA) released a joint statement warning foreign adversaries not to interfere with US elections, saying "We continue to make it clear to foreign actors that any effort to undermine our democratic processes will be met with sharp consequences."