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State Election Systems Increasingly at Risk for Cyberattacks, FireEye Says

  • Company says it hasn’t seen election system attacks this year
  • Russian ‘trolling’ continues ahead of midterms, analyst says
Voters cast ballots at the Brooklyn Avenue Elementary School in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.
Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

U.S. election systems are increasingly at risk for cyberattacks ahead of the November midterms as Russia continues information operations to sow political division, according to cyber firm FireEye Inc.

State and local election infrastructure is becoming a more popular target for hackers, particularly state-sponsored cyber espionage actors, the Milpitas, California-based company said in a report Thursday, outlining risks to voter registration, polling places and ballot submission systems.