Hacking the Election: special report

FBI reports more attempts to hack voter registration system

There have also been 'scanning activities,' which could be preludes to attacks

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James Comey, director of the FBI, speaks at a House Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington on March 1, 2016.


The FBI has found more attempts to hack states' voter registration systems ahead of the national elections.

The agency had reportedly found evidence in August that foreign hackers had breached state election databases in Illinois and Arizona, but it appears that there have been other attempts as well, besides frequent scanning activities, which the FBI describes as preludes for possible hacking attempts.

"There have been a variety of scanning activities, which is a preamble for potential intrusion activities, as well as some attempted intrusions at voter registration databases beyond those we knew about in July and August," FBI Director James Comey told the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

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