2016 Election, Elections, Issues, National Security

FBI: Foreign hackers breached state elections systems

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hacker-1446193_960_720The FBI has issued an alert that foreign hackers breached two local state election databases in Arizona and Illinois:

The FBI bulletin listed eight separate IP addresses that were the sources of the two attacks and suggested that the attacks may have been linked, noting that one of the IP addresses was used in both intrusions. The bulletin implied that the bureau was looking for any signs that the attacks may have been attempting to target even more than the two states. “The FBI is requesting that states contact their Board of Elections and determine if any similar activity to their logs, both inbound and outbound, has been detected,” the alert reads. “Attempts should not be made to touch or ping the IP addresses directly.”

In the case of the Illinois hack, officials were forced to shut down the state’s voter registration system for 10 days after hackers obtained the personal information of 200,000 voters. They were not successful in obtaining any information in the Arizona hack.

According to cybersecurity experts, one of the IP addresses listed in the FBI alert has been seen before in Russian criminal underground hacker forums.

Additionally, while the possibility of a cyberattack large enough to disrupt the November election is “remote,” it’s not out of the question. U.S. officials have recently pressured the Department of Homeland Security to formally designate state election systems as “critical infrastructure,” which would allow state election officials to request federal assistance to protect their voting systems. The designation is “under consideration,” according to a DHS spokesman.

  • Anvil6

    And WHO, exactly, TRUSTS the Federal “Protection”, given that Pres. Obie ENDORSED ‘Hillary for President’ as “most qualified candidate for president” even BEFORE the FBI investigation into her criminal mishandling of classified national security information concluded with its inexplicable recommendation to “not prosecute”. Translation of that Presidential Endorsement: NOBODY DARES interfere with Hillary’s ascendency to the Presidency, NO MATTER WHAT! This regime will do EVERYTHING to assure that Hillary WINS the election.

  • Mike

    This FBI announcement sets the stage for Hillary to blame Russian hackers if she loses to Trump. Then she can contest the election results and get them declared null and void. The whole situation is laughable because it is the Democrats that have a long tradition of vote fraud, going back to the days of Tammany Hall. It is also the Democrats who want to make vote fraud possible by opposing voter ID laws on the ludicrous charge that they suppress minority voters’ right to vote. Just to show how shameless the Democrats are, Bill Clinton was shown in a video a few days ago encouraging illegal aliens to vote! WE are now living in a Third World country.

    • RLTMLT

      Your prediction of a contested election matches mine ! To some degree Democrat revenge for the Gore loss in 2000. It appears that Democrat insiders have finally come to the realization that their candidate of choice has far too many insurmountable problems and the only path to victory that remains is underhanded manipulation of the all too fragile voting process in this country. Elements of International banking transfer billions of Dollars around the world every day over established digital networks and yet we remain unable to successfully hold a national presidential election for twelve hours once every four years !

  • NowYouKnow

    Back in the days of punch cards, the Democrat election judge and two of his assistants spent hours driving the punch card ballots back to the central election office. They drove circles around the city such as Loop 10 in Houston. Those hours were needed to adjust the punches on ballots. A double punch to punch your guy on a card previously punched for the other guy — thereby negating the ballot. There was born the famous “hanging chad”. That comes from attempts to punch too many cards at one time. Like a paper punch with too many sheets — the sheets on the bottom had partial (hanging) punches.

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