How much does it cost to influence an election? About $400,000

To Inform is to Influence

It costs about $400,000 to influence an election, according to a German cyber-security researcher

That’s how much it costs to buy followers on social media platforms, hire companies to write and disseminate fake news postings over a period of 12 months, and run sophisticated web sites to influence public opinion, according to Udo Schneider, a security expert.

Want to influence an election? All you need is about $400,000, according to cybersecurity consultant Trend Micro Inc.

That’s the sum it takes to buy followers on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, hire companies to write and disseminate fake news postings over a period of 12 months, and run sophisticated web sites to influence public opinion, according to Udo Schneider, a security expert for the German-speaking market at Trend Micro.

“Hacking the actual voting process isn’t worth it, as it leaves traces, is very…

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