Hacking the Election: special report

Two state election systems attacked, FBI suspects ‘foreign hackers’

The FBI warned of two state election systems being attacked, Illinois and Arizona; other states were told to scan for vulnerabilities which might be exploited by foreign hackers.

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The FBI issued a “Flash” memorandum, warning that foreign hackers have been targeting state board of election systems.

The FBI’s alert, originally intended only for those with a “direct need to know,” came to light after it was published by Yahoo News. Furthermore, sources told Yahoo that “foreign hackers” penetrated the Illinois board of election site back in July and made off with the personal data of as many as 200,000 Illinois voters. The hack resulted in the state voter registration system being shut down for 10 days.

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