DHS, FBI say election systems in 50 states were targeted in 2016

Voter registration data was one of the targets of Russian hacking efforts in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election—which DHS and FBI analysts now say went after systems in every state.

Enlarge / Voter registration data was one of the targets of Russian hacking efforts in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election—which DHS and FBI analysts now say went after systems in every state. (credit: Getty Images)

A joint intelligence bulletin (JIB) has been issued by the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation to state and local authorities regarding Russian hacking activities during the 2016 presidential election. While the bulletin contains no new technical information, it is the first official report to confirm that the Russian reconnaissance and hacking efforts in advance of the election went well beyond the 21 states confirmed in previous reports.

As reported by the intelligence newsletter OODA Loop, the JIB stated that, while the FBI and DHS “previously observed suspicious or malicious cyber activity against government networks in 21 states that we assessed was a Russian campaign seeking vulnerabilities and access to election infrastructure,” new information obtained by the agencies “indicates that Russian government cyber actors engaged in research on—as well as direct visits to—election websites and networks in the majority of US states.” While not providing specific details, the bulletin continued, “The FBI and DHS assess that Russian government cyber actors probably conducted research and reconnaissance against all US states’ election networks leading up to the 2016 Presidential elections.”

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from Biz & IT – Ars Technica http://bit.ly/2InOIn7

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