Christopher Krebs Hasn’t Been Fired, Yet

first_img– Advertisement – Mr. Krebs’s team worked with states to scan and patch systems for vulnerabilities, lock up voter registration databases and voter rolls, change default passwords, turn on two-factor authentication, and print out paper backups, all to build up “resilience” in case of attack. He was protecting, he said, “the crown jewels of election administration.”When the pandemic upended everything, Mr. Krebs’s team shifted focus to securing vote-by-mail systems, despite the president’s campaign again them. That was when Mr. Krebs’s agency got in the White House’s cross hairs.- Advertisement – In interviews, Mr. Krebs countered Mr. Trump by saying mail-in voting would make the election more secure by creating a paper trail, critical for audits to establish that every legal ballot was correctly counted.It also made state registration databases more critical: an attack that froze or sabotaged voter-registration data — by switching addresses, marking registered voters as unregistered or deleting voters entirely — risked mass digital disenfranchisement. Mr. Krebs made it his personal mission to see to it that every last registration database was sealed up.When Mr. Trump called mail-in voting a “fraud” in his televised debate with Mr. Biden, now the president-elect, in September, Mr. Krebs contradicted the president at every turn, again without mentioning his name.- Advertisement –center_img “We’ve got a lot of confidence that the ballot’s as secure as it’s ever been,” Mr. Krebs told any reporter who asked.On Election Day, Mr. Krebs and senior officials held briefings with reporters every few hours to apprise them of any threats. Chad Wolf, the secretary of homeland security, a Trump loyalist and Mr. Krebs’s boss, even appeared at one to praise Mr. Krebs’s work. Despite small hiccups, Mr. Krebs reassured journalists that there was no major foreign interference or signs of systemic fraud.“It’s just another Tuesday on the internet,” he said.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Penguins a true test of Bruins depth

first_imgBOSTON—Depth was a key ingredient for the Boston Bruins in winning the Stanley Cup in 2011, and it’s a strength on this Bruins team as well. But we’ll find out in the Eastern Conference finals whether it’s a blueprint that will deliver another chance at a championship.Unlike vanquished foes Toronto and New York, top-seeded Pittsburgh can match the Bruins’ depth. The Penguins won all three games against the Bruins in the regular season, all by a single goal.“No doubt they’re a great hockey club. In my mind, they’re almost like the Miami Heat of the NHL with all the star power they got,” Bruins forward Milan Lucic said. “Probably the two best players in the world and a 40-goal scorer and the former 50-goal scorer, a future Hall of Famer and a Norris Trophy candidate on their team.“So, they definitely have a lot of weapons and in saying all that, I think what makes them successful is they play real well as a team and I think that’s what you’re going to probably see going into this next series, is two well-rounded teams going at it and for us we’ve got to be ready and excited for the challenge.”For each team, scoring production has been spread throughout their lines.The Bruins’ top line of Lucic, David Krejci and Nathan Horton has combined for 39 points in 12 games. Krejci has five goals and 12 assists for 17 points, which leads all players in the Stanley Cup playoffs. PENQUINS GET READY FOR EASTERM CONFERENCE FINALS (AP PHOTO)last_img read more