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MikeFarb @mikefarb1
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Another look back to what we knew last year about Russia's attempt to hack Voter Registration systems.
In Illinois, investigators found evidence that cyber intruders tried to delete or alter voter data. The hackers accessed software designed to be used by poll workers on Election Day, and in at least one state accessed a campaign finance database
In early July 2016, a contractor who works two or three days a week at the state board of elections detected unauthorized data leaving the network, according to Ken Menzel, general counsel for the Illinois board of elections.
The hackers had gained access to the state’s voter database, which contained information such as names, dates of birth, genders, driver’s licenses and partial Social Security numbers on 15 million people, half of whom were active voters. As many as 90,000 records were compromised
The state does, however, process online voter registration applications that are sent to the counties for approval, Menzel said. When voters are added to the county rolls, that information is then sent back to the state and added to the central database.
This process, which is common across states, does present an opportunity for attackers to manipulate records at their inception.
As our future pieces will show, in an attempt to make Registering to Vote easy what we have really done is to make ourselves more vulnerable to attack. How many points in the system are going to provide access to the database itself?
The signatures were then sent through Homeland Security alerts and other means to every state. Thirty-seven states reported finding traces of the hackers in various systems, according to one of the people familiar with the probe.
In two others -- Florida and California -- those traces were found in systems run by a private contractor managing critical election systems. In all, the Russian hackers hit systems in a total of 39 states, one of them said.
Last summer the reports of states being targeted were always 37-39 states. How did that number drop by almost half. What states were not included in the latest DHS tally?
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