Hacking the Election: special report

FBI: Hackers are targeting state election systems

Voter registration databases from two states were reportedly targeted in the hacks

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The FBI is warning state election offices to be on guard for hacking attacks. 

Credit: Federal Bureau of Investigation

The FBI has reportedly found evidence that foreign hackers breached two state election databases in recent weeks.

An FBI alert warning election officials about the breach was leaked, and it was posted in a report by Yahoo News on Monday. Voter registration databases from both Illinois and Arizona were targeted in the hacks, according to the report.

In the Illinois case, personal data on 200,000 voters was stolen. In July, an official with the state’s board of elections warned on Facebook that the voting system had fallen to a cyberattack, forcing a shutdown.

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