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posted by cmn32480 on Saturday October 01 2016, @10:48AM   Printer-friendly
from the your-vote-really-doesn't-count dept.

An anonymous Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official has told several media outlets that hackers have targeted voter registration systems in 20 states.

It also has been reported that nine, and more recently, 18 states, have sought assistance from the DHS to "help improve cyber security for their election systems":

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told a Senate hearing Tuesday that 18 states have taken up his agency's offer to help improve cyber security for their election systems, in the wake of suspected breaches blamed on Russian hackers. "We are seeing a limited number of instances where there have been efforts through cyber intrusions to get into the online presence of various state election agencies. And, one or two of them have been successful, others have not," Johnson said at a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing.

[...] Asked by Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana, whether hackers are seeking to change votes, Johnson said: "What we are seeing are efforts to get into voter registration rolls, the identity of registered voters, things of that nature, not to change a ballot count." Johnson said the matter was still an active investigation and that the source of the intrusions hadn't been concluded.

US officials briefed on the investigation have told CNN that an intrusion in an Illinois voter registration database and an attempted breach in Arizona are believed to be the work of hackers working for Russian spy agencies. US officials say there's strong evidence that Russian government hackers are behind a series [of] other cyber-attacks against the Democratic National Committee and other affiliated political organizations.


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  • (Score: 2) by bradley13 on Saturday October 01 2016, @01:49PM

    by bradley13 (3053) Subscriber Badge on Saturday October 01 2016, @01:49PM (#408764) Homepage Journal

    sought assistance from the DHS to "help improve cyber security for their election systems"

    Right. DHS is soooo good at security. And absolutely famous for cybersecurity. This smells of a put-up job: DHS prompting these questions, so that they can expand their bureaucratic empire even farther.

    Imagine: the competence of the TSA applied to election security. Every six-year-old will be able to rig the elections.

    Plus, they have to mention the Russians again. There must be an external boogeyman, to distract attention from domestic incompetence.

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  • (Score: 2) by HiThere on Saturday October 01 2016, @08:12PM

    by HiThere (866) on Saturday October 01 2016, @08:12PM (#408865) Journal

    Yes. These days the only people who can manipulate the voting machines are the ones with secure access. Say the people to store them, the people who deliver them, the city councils, etc. ... and of course the people those people authorize.

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    • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 02 2016, @01:13AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 02 2016, @01:13AM (#408926)

      These days the only people who can manipulate the voting machines are the ones with secure access.

      You're being sarcastic, right? Or did you really not know that this election has absolutely no validity [arstechnica.com] due to just how easy it is to untraceably hack the voting machines? In the democratic primaries, the more easily hackable the machines were, the bigger the margin by which Hillary won and the bigger the margin by which the exit polls were off. Only a moron would consider that a coincidence.