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U.S. officials fear cyber attacks on Election Day

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>> It's a rigged system, okay.>> After a campaign season roiled by Russian cyber attacks and leaked emails, federal and state officials are on high alert for any move to disrupt Tuesday's elections. The threat made more real by the recent hacking of Democratic party servers in what U.S. officials say was a brazen attempt by Russia to destabilize the American election process.
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The fear now that Russia or another group could try to meddle with the actual vote or cast doubt on the outcome. Reuters Correspondent Dustin Volz is on the story.>> This is a very real fear for officials. What a lot of the states and federal authorities are doing is looking at the cyber security risk on election day.
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From hackers, Russian or otherwise, that could try to disrupt the process in some way. Just because of everything that has occurred with the hacks of Democratic emails and their leak through Wikileaks and other conduits. There have been recent episodes in October where some major web services were taken offline and that's something that some officials are concerned by.
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And we've seen this occur in other places, in Ukraine and elsewhere, where hackers have actually been able to disrupt the election in some way.>> Experts believe neither Russia nor another nation could remotely tamper with the vote count in the U.S. Most machines aren't connected to the Internet, and individual states and communities run their own elections.
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But they say hackers have another way to unleash havoc.>> The biggest fear is that on election day Russian hackers or other hackers are going to try to spread confusion and chaos through the Internet. Either through misinformation on Twitter or Facebook, or some sort of hacks into voter registration rolls at polling sites.
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In a way that would not prevent people from voting but certainly delay the process, make it much harder for people.>> To counter the threat, all but two U.S. states have accepted help from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to scan voter registration and election systems. Ohio has asked a cyber protection unit of the National Guard to help safeguard the state's voting systems.
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The avalanche of leaked emails from Democratic leaders drawing suggestions Moscow may be trying to help Donald Trump, a charge Russia denies. The fear of online mischief all but eclipsing worries of actual, physical disruptions at the ballot box. Even though Trump is telling his supporters to be on guard.
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Armed groups are pledging to monitor voting sites for signs of election fraud. Voter rights activists slamming that as an attempt to suppress the minority vote.