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

Leicester plan to play home games despite localised lockdown

first_img Leicester are due to host Crystal Palace on Saturday and have further home matches against Sheffield United and Manchester United before the end of the season. “All parties remain entirely satisfied that, through the continued implementation of our COVID operations plan, the club’s football operations can continue to safely function under existing protocols and, in doing so, there will be no greater risk posed to club personnel, visiting teams or our surrounding communities,” a Leicester spokesman said. “Consequently, first team training will continue at Belvoir Drive and our forthcoming Premier League fixtures remain unaffected.” The planned easing of lockdown restrictions in England on Saturday, including the reopening of pubs and restaurants, will not take place in Leicester, with people advised against all but essential travel. Read Also: La Liga: Barcelona suffer title blow in Atletico Madrid drawPremier League chief executive Richard Masters said there was a risk of the season not being completed if there were multiple lockdowns across the country.“It is all dependent on the course of the virus. We have shown our flexibility to that, but we have to operate within Government guidelines,” Masters told MPs at a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee evidence session.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Leicester are still planning to stage their remaining Premier League home games this season despite the city’s localised coronavirus lockdown. Leicester’s King Power Stadium Foxes chiefs has spoken with local authorities and the Premier League after the UK government’s announcement on Monday that the city would have stricter measures imposed following a sharp rise in virus cases. Non-essential shops will be closed from Tuesday after cases in Leicester accounted for 10 percent of all positive tests in England over the past week.Advertisementcenter_img Loading…last_img read more