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The Cybersecurity 202: Sanders and Warren still mum on campaign protections against hackers

Jan 14, 2020 - Washington Post Blogs


With just three weeks to go before the Iowa caucuses, two top-polling Democratic candidates are still declining to say how they're protecting their campaigns against hacking. 

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) - who are among six candidates squaring off at tonight's Democratic debate in Des Moines - both refused this week to say whether they're following basic cybersecurity precautions recommended by the Democratic National Committee. 

That puts the two top progressives in the race at odds with four other candidates who will take the stage tonight: former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and businessman Tom Steyer. Representatives for those candidates all told me they were taking numerous steps to protect their campaigns against hacking, including mandating cybersecurity training for staff and requiring that staff use extra security precautions before accessing smartphones and websites....