Cyber security has put in a strong performance during this election year's "defining issue" competition. With the Russian hacking of the DNCWikileaks dumping of the Clinton team's emails, and general concerns about the insecurity of American computer brains - cyber security (or, "the cyber" as the hopelessly uninformed have called it) might be one of the most historically notable events of the historic 2016 campaigns. One thing history might note for future generations is that a massive and frightening internet attack didn't even register in mainstream news. We're referring to Friday's internet outages that plagued the east coast. To make a complicated cyber story short, a whole bunch of electronics connected to the internet (like your router and your coffee maker) were hacked by a few amateurs and turned into millions of robots attacking the internet like an army, a botnet army, that took down an internet provider for many hours. But even without media coverage, cyber security is so incredibly relevant of an issue this year that vulnerable incumbents are using it to campaign for their lives. Take Illinois Senator Mark Kirk, an incumbent who is likely to lose his Illinois Senate seat in a few weeks. Mark Kirk wrote a nice op-ed trying to distance himself from the Republican candidate's charitable approach to Russia's involvement in election hackings. However, we want to politely remind Kirk and those like him who are trying to take the easy way out of cyber issues, when the Senate took on cyber security last year -- a winning 74 Senators  (including Kirk) voted to weaken cyber security. Those votes made Friday's massive attack on the "internet of things" more possible and more difficult to stop. In this election year, Trump has lowered the bar on cyber security so far that now elected officials can gloat about their opposition to foreign interference in our elections. That's not good, or safe, enough for us.

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