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WVU expert says scope of Russian involvement in 2016 U.S. election difficult to determine

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WVU assistant professor of computer science and electrical engineering Fanny Ye.
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The recent release of a classified report about Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election contained references to VR Systems, a Florida company whose software is used in voting machines in a number of states, including West Virginia. But the scope of that interference is difficult to determine and barring the threat of future cyber-attacks will take a multi-faceted approach, according to a West Virginia University cyber-expert.

Fanny Ye
assistant professor of computer science and electrical engineering, Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources 

“While the company alerted customers to what it terms the ‘fraudulent email,’ it would be difficult to know how many customers actually received the email and opened the attachment. Phishing and spear-phishing are not uncommon today in our society. To address such kinds of cyber threats, it requires cyber alliances with the law enforcement community and addressing both challenging scientific and engineering problems involving many components of a system, and vulnerabilities that arise from human behaviors and choices.”



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