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Russian Hacks on U.S. Voting System Wider Than Previously Known

  • Attackers said to take measure of voting systems, databases
  • A ‘red phone’ warning to the Kremlin from Obama White House
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Russian Election Cyberattack Breached 39 U.S. States

Russia’s cyberattack on the U.S. electoral system before Donald Trump’s election was far more widespread than has been publicly revealed, including incursions into voter databases and software systems in almost twice as many states as previously reported.

In Illinois, investigators found evidence that cyber intruders tried to delete or alter voter data. The hackers accessed software designed to be used by poll workers on Election Day, and in at least one state accessed a campaign finance database. Details of the wave of attacks, in the summer and fall of 2016, were provided by three people with direct knowledge of the U.S. investigation into the matter. In all, the Russian hackers hit systems in a total of 39 states, one of them said.