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'All Hands on Deck' to Protect Election From Hack, Officials Say

Officials call the government's actions unprecedented

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    The U.S. government is gearing up for an unprecedented effort to protect Tuesday's presidential election from cyber attack, U.S. officials told NBC News.

    "There are a lot of eyes on this presidential election — more than there normally would be," a senior Obama administration official said.

    Cyber centers at the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department and the FBI — as well as the Pentagon, the CIA and other intelligence agencies — will be on alert, with extra staff hunting for any possible threat, officials say.

    "It's all hands on deck," a senior intelligence official said.