Officials from the state of Mississippi are now confirming that they were, in fact, hit with a cyber-attack on Tuesday.
The attack hit the public-facing side of their election websites and came in the form of DDoS spoofing—a technique in which hackers ping an address or a server so many times that it creates congestion, errors, and ultimately, downtime.
Users were unable to access the websites for a brief period.
It is not yet known exactly where the attack originated from or who is responsible for the attack, although some left-leaning outlets are already blaming the dreaded Russian hackers.
Currently, we are being told that this attack did not affect actual voting procedures or compromise voting systems—only the websites themselves.
Mississippi Secretary Michael Watson announced:
Having a strong Secretary of State’s office that understands the importance of maintaining the…