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Mon Aug 29, 2016, 02:27 PM Aug 2016

FBI says foreign hackers penetrated state election systems


The FBI has uncovered evidence that foreign hackers penetrated two state election databases in recent weeks, prompting the bureau to warn election officials across the country to take new steps to enhance the security of their computer systems, according to federal and state law enforcement officials.

The FBI warning, contained in a “flash” alert from the FBI’s Cyber Division, a copy of which was obtained by Yahoo News, comes amid heightened concerns among U.S. intelligence officials about the possibility of cyberintrusions, potentially by Russian state-sponsored hackers, aimed at disrupting the November elections.

Those concerns prompted Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to convene a conference call with state election officials on Aug. 15, in which he offered his department’s help to make state voting systems more secure, including providing federal cybersecurity experts to scan for vulnerabilities, according to a “readout” of the call released by the department.

Johnson emphasized in the call that Homeland Security was not aware of “specific or credible cybersecurity threats” to the election, officials said. But three days after that call, the FBI Cyber Division issued a potentially more disturbing warning, titled “Targeting Activity Against State Board of Election Systems.” The alert, labeled as restricted for “NEED TO KNOW recipients,” disclosed that the bureau was investigating cyberintrusions against two state election websites this summer, including one that resulted in the “exfiltration,” or theft, of voter registration data. “It was an eye opener,” a senior law enforcement official said of the bureau’s discovery of the intrusions. “We believe it’s kind of serious, and we’re investigating.”

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FBI says foreign hackers penetrated state election systems (Original Post) grahamhgreen Aug 2016 OP
People can check their voter registration status here: Qutzupalotl Aug 2016 #1
This is suspicious to me. RDANGELO Aug 2016 #2
What matters is not reality, Ghost Dog Aug 2016 #4
This message was self-deleted by its author MichiganVote Aug 2016 #3


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2. This is suspicious to me.
Mon Aug 29, 2016, 02:45 PM
Aug 2016

Why would foreigners hack into a voter database. Maybe they just wanted it to look that way in case it got detected.

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