Gov. Cuomo says Russian hackers might interfere in his re-election this year.
“I don’t think the Russians said we’re only going to interfere in federal elections,” Cuomo told reporters Thursday. “I think part of the goal is just to wreak havoc.”
He discussed the potential for hacking the governor’s race during a conference call to promote a bill requiring social media companies to disclose who pays for campaign ads posted on their sites.
Asked if he’s fearful of foreign interference in his own race, Cuomo responded: “Yes. The short answer is yes.”
“This is a frightening situation when you think about it,” he continued, adding that local boards of elections are “not the most sophisticated” operations. “It could create pandemonium.”
Foreign hackers or campaign opponents could “get registered voters lists and record votes for them,” the governor maintained.
Cuomo is pushing a bill that would require social media companies to maintain databases, archive political ads and reveal who funds them.
The legislation is in response to recent revelations that Russians hackers were behind paid Facebook campaign ads during the 2016 presidential race.
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