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Just how vulnerable are CA’s election systems to Russian interference? An interview with Secretary of State Alex Padilla

TOPSHOT - A picture taken on October 17, 2016 shows an employee walking behind a glass wall with machine coding symbols at the headquarters of Internet security giant Kaspersky in Moscow. / AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY Thibault MARCHAND        (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)
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A picture taken on October 17, 2016 shows an employee walking behind a glass wall with machine coding symbols at the headquarters of Internet security giant Kaspersky in Moscow.

Russia is already interfering in this year’s midterms elections, according to top U.S. intelligence officials at the Senate Intelligence Committee’s annual hearing on “worldwide threats” yesterday.

Russia is already interfering in this year’s midterms elections, according to top U.S. intelligence officials at the Senate Intelligence Committee’s annual hearing on “worldwide threats” yesterday.

Similar to the 2016 election, Russia is currently using fake social media accounts, many of which are bots, to spread inaccurate information. Reports have also shown the U.S. state elections systems are vulnerable to hacking because of outdated technology.

Larry sits down with Secretary of State of California Alex Padilla to hear what California is doing to protect its voting system ahead of this year’s midterm elections – plus, the executive director of Harvard’s Defending Digital Democracy Project tells us how they’re working with states and candidates to prevent hacking and interference.

Guests:

Alex Padilla, Secretary of State of California

Caitlin Conley, executive director of the Defending Digital Democracy Project at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; the project aims to protect democratic processes and systems from cyber and information attacks; she’s an army officer who is currently a graduate student at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government

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