zerohedge.com/ by Tyler Durden / Aug 29, 2016 5:53 PM
With both political parties increasingly sensitive to allegations of electoral rigging in the upcoming presidential elections, whether due to direct manipulation of the counting process or as a result of “hacks” potentially leading to accusations of vote rigging by the losing candidate and their supporters, today’s striking news that the FBI has evidence that hackers targeted two state election databases in recent weeks may be a harbinger of what is to come.
According to Reuters, the FBI is urging U.S. election officials to increase computer security after it uncovered proof that hackers targeted two state election databases in recent weeks, according to a confidential advisory. The warning was in an Aug. 18 flash alert from the FBI’s Cyber Division. Reuters obtained a copy of the document.
Yahoo News first reported the story Monday, citing unnamed law enforcement officials who said they believedforeign hackers caused the intrusions. Citing a state election board official, Yahoo News said the Illinois voter registration system was shut down for 10 days in late July after hackers downloaded personal data on up to 200,000 voters. The Arizona attack was more limited and involved introducing malicious software into the voter registration system, Yahoo News quoted a state official as saying. No data was removed in that attack, the official said.
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