Sep 2, 2017

Russia's hacking of electoral system hasn't been fully investigated

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"Local, state and federal agencies have conducted little of the type of digital forensic investigation required to assess the impact, if any, on voting in at least 21 states whose election systems were targeted by Russian hackers," per NYT's Nicole Perlroth, Michael Wines and Matthew Rosenberg:

  • "The assaults on the vast back-end election apparatus — voter-registration operations, state and local election databases, e-poll books and other equipment — have received far less attention than other aspects of the Russian interference, such as the hacking of Democratic emails and spreading of false or damaging information about Mrs. Clinton."
  • "Yet the hacking of electoral systems was more extensive than previously disclosed ... Those attempts include combing through voter databases, scanning for vulnerabilities or seeking to alter data, which have been identified in multiple states."
  • NYT's Quote of the Day ... Michael Daniel, cybersecurity coordinator in the Obama White House, on 2016 Election Day irregularities: "We don't know if any of the problems were an accident, or the random problems you get with computer systems, or whether it was a local hacker, or actual malfeasance by a sovereign nation-state."

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