Turns out hacking -- both computer systems and political institutions -- is a very high ROI vector of attack. Cheap and potent. Because you are exploiting your opponent's preexisting hidden vulnerabilities (which are plenty), and entirely by-passing its strengths.
I read somewhere that "hackers don't break systems, they merely demonstrate that the system was broken all along".
This is true for democracy, too.
And once you've discovered a cheap and potent vector of attack, and your opponent is slow to patch it, of course you are going to exploit it to its full potential.
Democracies the world over should be on high alert for the next few years. It's not just 2020, it's not just the US
Your enemies don't need to be a cabal of hyper-competent supermen in order to hijack your elections. They just need to play the role of nominally competent hackers. Because you've already given them a massive pile of critical vulnerabilities to play with
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