As a result of the breach, the FBI is urging election officials across the country to step up security systems and protocols, and it prompted the Department of Homeland Security to convene a conference call with election leaders nationwide.
Some hope this will finally convince the Department of Homeland Security to designate state election systems as part of the nation's "critical infrastructure," which would mean they'd require federal protection. And really, it's kind of bonkers to think something so sacred to our republic hasn't been considered critical infrastructure. But until that happens, election officials are strongly encouraged to implement precautionary measures to keep hackers out, like keeping the electronic voting machines disconnected from the internet on voting day, and conducting so-called "vulnerability scans" on its databases.
Experts are downplaying the likelihood of an all-out hack that would upend the presidential election. Still, the incident is spooky considering the recent Russian hack of the DNC, and the strategic bromance Putin has been propagating with Donald Trump.