WASHINGTON (AP) – The Mueller report made it clear: While the candidates were focused on campaigning in 2016, the Russians were busy laying traps for a cyberattack that changed the landscape of American politics.
The aftershocks continued well into Donald Trump’s presidency and are rippling into the 2020 presidential contest. Whether the candidates and political parties will be able to avoid a repeat is an open question.
Traditionally, cybersecurity has been a lower priority for candidates, especially at the early stages of a campaign. They need to raise money, hire a staff, pay office rents, lobby for endorsements and travel repeatedly to the early voting states.