Russian Militants Interfered In US voting System Through Hacking

Some states review election systems for signs of intrusion

Some states review election systems for signs of intrusion

"If your goal is to disrupt an election, you don´t need to pick the victor or actually tamper with tally result", said Matt Blaze, a University of Pennsylvania computer science professor who has written on the security of voting machines.

The government report doesn't directly name the company, but it does reference the vendor VR Systems numerous times, and the company has since responded publicly after the leaked NSA report was made public. Even the reports of the National Security Agency reveal that they continued their trial of hacking until the last vote of US.

Ion Sancho, who retired as Leon County supervisor in December, said he later learned from industry contacts that it was VR Systems. Leon Supervisor of Elections Mark Earley says local systems are secure, but the threat is not to be taken lightly.

Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections attorney Ron Labasky says even with the intrusion, hackers never got access to ballots or voting software.

While voting machines are not connected to the internet, most of the electronic systems need to be programmed with computers which are connected, opening up security holes.

VR Systems are used in Seminole and Volusia counties, where election officials confirmed to News 6 on Tuesday that both received the malicious email but were not affected.

In a statement sent to the Mercury News on Tuesday, VR Systems stated that it immediately notified its customers and advised them not to click on the attachment in the emails. In Moscow, a Kremlin spokesman categorically denied Tuesday that Moscow had tried to hack the US elections.

According to the documents, the objective of the attack, which occurred last August, was "to obtain information on elections-related software and hardware solutions".

A spokesman for the Durham County Board of Elections told The Intercept that VR Systems' software was not to blame for these issues, and a spokesperson for the North Carolina Board of Elections told the website that the state "did not experience any suspicious activity during the election outside of what this agency experiences at other times". Hart InterCivic could not be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon.

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Members of Congress said they hoped to learn more about the hacking attempts. We have policies and procedures in effect to protect our customers and our company.

Sanders said that the county is now seeking a new vendor to provide the polling software, but said it was due to changes in state regulations and not in any way related to the hacking incident. Early says VR systems sent out an alert about the phishing scam on November first.

The statement also said the IT department was already in the process of improving its security systems, prior to the release of the information.

In Floyd County, VR Systems supports electronic pollbooks, which is how voters sign in.

"But I didn't know that it was a vendor that was contracted with Hart and part of a system we had in place", Sanders said. Victor was charged with transmitting classified information Monday just hours after the document was published by The Intercept.

The Mercury News reported that the alleged source of the leaked NSA document was a 25-year-old government contractor Reality Leigh Winner of Georgia.

"These are our worst fears", said Joseph Hall, chief technologist at the Center for Democracy and Technology, who researches voting systems.

If convicted, victor may be imprisoned for up to 10 years. "Do you see us as partners and helpers in this, to help... help you make sure that your systems are protected", he asked.

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