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Mississippi election websites back after DDoS incident

Websites operated by the office of Mississippi Secretary of State Michael Watson appeared to be back online yesterday evening, following an apparent distributed denial-of-service attack that lasted much of Election Day. The office’s public-facing websites, which included information for voters, were unavailable for large parts of the day. The outages had no impact on the casting and counting of votes, state and federal officials said throughout Tuesday. “We want to be extremely clear and reassure Mississippians our election system is secure and has not been compromised," read a statement from Watson's office and the Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services.   Benjamin Freed reports.

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But technical glitches are still grist for the disinformation mill

As with just about every Election Day, a smattering of technical errors with voting-related technology occurred around the country. And just as in 2020, these incidents have been snapped up by purveyors of conspiracy theories and disinformation that officials fear could stoke repeats of the aftermath of the last presidential election. Former President Donald Trump and his allies seized on procedural hiccups at polling centers to lay the groundwork to claim widespread fraud, flagging a ballot scanner malfunction in Arizona that was remedied without any impact to people's ability to vote, and the use of absentee ballots in Michigan. Suzanne Smalley reports for CyberScoop.

Pennsylvania picks firm for next-generation 911 upgrade

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency has selected Mission Critical Partners to support its transition to a new, modern emergency communications system, the company announced Tuesday. Mission Critical Partners, a public safety technology firm, signed on to guide the state through the migration, implementation, and post-migration phases of the 911 upgrade, offering support and expertise, in addition to ensuring the new system meets national cybersecurity standards. Lindsay McKenzie has more.

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