Head of election cybersecurity fired over fraud claims

On Tuesday 18, November 2020, US President Donal Trump fired Chris Krebs, the head of Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. This course of action was rather expected after Krebs disputed the claims of frauds during the 2020 Presidential Election leading to Trump’s loss.

President Trump declared on his Twitter, without apparent evidence, that Krebs’ statement about the election was inaccurate and that there were important improprieties and fraud. Indeed, according to him, there had been glitches in voting machines that changed the votes and that poll watchers have been denied access into polling locations.

Yet, for the past two weeks, Krebs, who was heading up the federal government’s election cybersecurity efforts, has denied the claims. He and his team set up a ‘rumor control’ blog, which lists the common fraud claims about election fraud and hacking and they found out that they were fake. It would also seem that the White House would have tried to take down the data discrediting the fraud rumors, but The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) refused.

When President Trump tweeted about Krebs’ firing due to the fraud claims, Twitter added a comment saying that the claim was disputed. Besides, on Monday 17, November 2020, many computer security experts signed a letter disputing claims that cybercriminals had changed the results of the 2020 election. They pointed out that, although they were aware of the claims, none of them was actually authentic. No evidence has been found to support President Trump’s theory that the 2020 election has been altered in any way.