Political campaigns prep for battle with hackers

House Democrats’ top strategists have urged consultants working on their campaigns to start using Wickr, the end-to-end encrypted messaging app used inside the DCCC — but the consulting community has been slow to give up email and embrace the program, say three Democratic consultants involved in House races. Security measures vary widely from race to race, leaving many still vulnerable to hacking, and members of both parties say they are seeking centralized clearinghouses of anti-hacking information and services.

An average state or congressional campaign will likely never be the prime hacking target that Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee were in 2016. But operatives warned that the only way to secure a political party’s information is to get everyone on the same page — and that the best way to prevent hacking in the 2020 presidential campaign is to have a security-first culture change take root before then.