“Those concerns prompted Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to convene a conference call with state election officials on Aug. 15, in which he offered his department’s help to make state voting systems more secure, including providing federal cybersecurity experts to scan for vulnerabilities, according to a ‘readout’ of the call released by the department,” Isikoff reports. “Johnson emphasized in the call that Homeland Security was not aware of “specific or credible cybersecurity threats” to the election, officials said.But three days after that call, the FBI Cyber Division issued a potentially more disturbing warning, titled ‘Targeting Activity Against State Board of Election Systems.’ The alert, labeled as restricted for ‘NEED TO KNOW recipients,’ disclosed that the bureau was investigating cyberintrusions against two state election websites this summer, including one that resulted in the ‘exfiltration,’ or theft, of voter registration data.”
“The bulletin does not identify the states in question, but sources familiar with the document say it refers to the targeting by suspected foreign hackers of voter registration databases in Arizona and Illinois,” Isikoff reports. “In the Illinois case, officials were forced to shut down the state’s voter registration system for 10 days in late July, after the hackers managed to download personal data on up to 200,000 state voters.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Do you want security or not? More security or less? Make up your so-called mind, Comey.
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Denis” for the heads up.]