UPDATED 8:54 AM PT — Fri. Sept. 21, 2018
The concerns of government officials over cyber hacking threats are now being reaffirmed by a major tech company.
Google outted itself Thursday as the group identified in a letter about cybersecurity issues, which was circulated to Senate leaders by Oregon Senator Ron Wyden one-day prior.
Experts with the group say the personal gmail accounts of senators and their staffers were targeted by state-sponsored foreign hackers, who were trying to obtain passwords.
Google would not confirm if the attacks were always bipartisan, instead, only warning both sides were targeted.
Senator Wyden, a Democrat, is looking for backing from the upper chambers of Congress before introducing legislation aimed at upgraded security measures.
For now, his main fear is foreign disruption of the upcoming November midterms.
“I feel very strongly, for example, about the fact that independent cyber experts all back my election security bill that has two provisions, stated Senator Wyden. ” I think we need a paper ballot for every federal election in America, because that gives us a paper trail and then we need risk-limiting audits so that you go in back after an election to take a look at what the threats might be.”
The potential measure would provide officials in charge of Senate security with the tools required to combat future cyber hacking attempts.
Experts with the group have not yet been able to link the same entity responsible for the DNC’s private email servers in 2016 with the latest hacking attempts.
The Office of the Sergeant at Arms, which is in charge of Senate security, was reportedly made aware of the incidents several weeks ago, however, has failed to act.
Wyden went on to criticize the Senate’s security office, saying they have not done anything to help defend the lawmakers.
The Sergeant’s Office claims it lacks the power to handle the personal accounts of politicians outside of their official government profiles.
For the time being, federal officials say U.S. election security is under close watch for any attempts to intervene in the Democratic voting process.