Some states review election systems for signs of intrusion

  • Some states review election systems for signs of intrusion

Some states review election systems for signs of intrusion

The details of an apparent Russian state-sponsored cyberattack on local election officials and a vendor of USA voting software are shocking-but they shouldn't be surprising.

"The truth of the matter is, there's never been an identified case of hacking of any voting tabulation system in America", said Chambless.

The Pasco elections supervisor said he was immediately suspicious when the email with an "updated user guide" as an attachment came into his inbox on October 31, 2016, eight days after early voting had begun in most Florida counties.

Warner's allegations are merely the late afternoon Russian hacking allegation.

The Intercept, a digital magazine founded by journalists involved in the release of documents leaked by NSA contractor Edward Snowden, said some material was withheld at USA intelligence agencies' request because it wasn't "clearly in the public interest".

California officials said only Humboldt County, in the far northern part of the state, used VR software during last year's election.

The target of the attempted hack was VR Systems, an election system company based in Tallahassee.

Current and former county election officials in all six in counties, with knowledge of work surrounding the 2016 election, all told CBS4 Tuesday they do not believe they received the corrupt email and none of the officials believe the company VR Systems alerted them to any potential problems.

Lewis said she and a few others in the office were targeted on November 7, the day before the election won by Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton.

Lee and Charlotte counties said they did not receive the malicious email.

Pasco Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley told News Channel 8 safeguards in place, including staff not clicking on unknown links, prevented trouble.

According to the classified report, Russian government hackers posed as e-voting vendors and tricked government employees into opening Microsoft Word documents invisibly tainted with potent malware that could give hackers full control over the infected computers. It was tucked away on a quarantine log like the other threats, Gill said. Corley said that voter registration information is public record anyway. "It's my hope in the coming days that we can get more information out about that".

Despite this, Homeland Security believes IL was hit the worst in regard to voter registration systems which are also believed to have been hacked by Russian Federation.

Wisconsin reported a spike in attempts to break into state computer systems just before the state's primary and general elections a year ago, according to records obtained by USA TODAY NETWORK - Wisconsin.

As recently as last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin has categorically denied Russian involvement in US elections on a state level.

Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, denied the hacking and phishing allegations Tuesday, saying the Kremlin did not see "any evidence to prove this information is true". Wisconsin has typically logged fewer than 60,000 of these alerts per day over the past two years. It attributed the November spike to global malware but didn't provide an explanation for the April surge.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents briefed Florida elections supervisors of the threat last August. Some U.S. states are reviewing their election systems for signs of intrusion after a leaked NSA report describes a hacking effort by Russian military intelligence. The FBI then warned other states to check their protections against attacks. In fact, experts had been warning for months before the 2016 election about exactly the type of attack that was revealed Monday in leaked NSA documents. "But we work very hard and take great pride in the security that we have".

The Department of Homeland Security did not respond to a request for comment.