Saturday October 01, 2016

Russian Hackers Successfully Infiltrate Small Number Of Voter Registration Systems

Four voter registration systems have been breached by hackers working for the Russian government. The "good" news is that it is just the voter registration systems, and not the actual voting system, that are being targeted.

"This is very different than the vote system in the United States, which is very, very hard for someone to hack into because it's so clunky and dispersed," Comey said, adding that states should be in contact with the Department of Homeland Security and "make sure that their deadbolts are thrown and their locks are on." During a separate House hearing on Tuesday, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said 18 states had reached out to his department seeking assistance in protecting their election systems. Meanwhile, another top Homeland Security official and the head of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission both said a cyberattack could not change the outcome of the 2016 election.