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Cyberattack prediction: Hackers will target a US election next year

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    A major cyberattack next year will target a U.S. election, security expert Bruce Schneier predicts.

    The attack won't hit the voting system and may not involve the presidential election, but the temptation for hackers is too great, even in state and local races, said Schneier, a computer security pioneer and longtime commentator.

    "There are going to be hacks that affect politics in the United States," Schneier said. Attackers may break into candidates' websites, e-mail or social media accounts to uncover material the campaigns don't want public, he said.

    Schneier gave the prediction Thursday on a webcast from incident response company Resilient Systems, where he is chief technology officer.

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