THE KEY Voters cast their ballots at Grace Bible Church in Greencastle, Pa., on May 15, during the Pennsylvania primary election. (Colleen McGrath/Public Opinion via AP) With midterm elections on the horizon, policymakers in Washington are fixated on preventing the kind of sophisticated cyberattacks and highly targeted influence operations that rocked the 2016 presidential election. On the other coast, a Google-founded technology incubator is offering political campaigns a free tool to defend against a simpler kind of cyberattack it says could also prove a serious threat to the democratic process. Jigsaw announced Wednesday that it would start providing political organizations free protection against direct denial of service attacks, which are designed to overload a target with fake traffic. The service, called Project Shield, essentially creates a filter that prevents this malicious traffic from reaching the protected website. It’s part of the “Protect Your Election” initiative, a suite of cybersecurity tools offered by Jigsaw, now owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet. “What we’ve realized over the last couple years, seeing what happens during elections, is that DDoS attacks tend to spike,” said George Conard, Project Shield’s product manager. “We’re trying to understand what organizations that are vulnerable to digital attacks need and how we can keep them safer.” Jigsaw has already been offering Project… Read full this story
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