Former Facebook executive Alex Stamos said today that American elections are still hackable by nation-states such as Russia — and others.
“If there is no foreign interference in the midterm elections it’s not because we did a great job,” Stamos said at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco today. “It’s because they decided to give us a break … the actual security of the election structure is no better.”
In fact Stamos said that while it’s hard to force a particular outcome in an election, it’s totally possible to throw “any election” into chaos.
Facebook started noticing foreign interference in elections in the spring of 2016, Stamos said. But most of the “fake news” trend on social media is not politically related.