Gee, I wonder what country is doing this

RISK: FBI investigates attempted cyberattack on New York Times

Three guesses, first two don’t count:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has found breaches in Illinois and Arizona’s voter registration databases and is urging states to increase computer security ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential election, according to a U.S. official familiar with the probe.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Monday that investigators were also seeking evidence of whether other states may have been targeted.

The FBI warning in an Aug. 18 flash alert from the agency’s Cyber Division did not identify the intruders or the two states targeted.

Reuters obtained a copy of the document after Yahoo News first reported the story Monday.

Accessing information in a voter database, much of which is publicly accessible, does not necessarily suggest an effort to manipulate the votes themselves. When registering, voters typically provide their names, home addresses, driver’s license or identification numbers, and party affiliations.

But U.S. intelligence officials have become increasingly worried that hackers sponsored by Russia or other countries may attempt to disrupt the presidential election.

Officials and cyber security experts say recent breaches at the Democratic National Committee and elsewhere in the Democratic Party were likely carried out by people within the Russian government. Kremlin officials have denied that.

One thought on “Gee, I wonder what country is doing this

  1. The problem with the DNC hack was not that it occurred, or who did it, but that it exposed corruption at the highest levels of the Democratic Party. For some people that’s a problem, but I’m not one of those people. Attributing all this hacking to Russians is problematic; one thing you can always trust, is that you can *never* trust technology in this information age. There are ways to make a trail of cyber-breadcrumbs lead to the Kremlin’s door. You can also hire Russian hackers to do things for you; if I were a GOP ratfucking operative, the first thing I would do is hire Russian hackers: Look Ma! Hands clean! Perhaps the most ludicrous aspect of the story above is the assumption of the sanctity of American electoral outcomes. As Americans, we can’t say that we have respected other countries’ democratic processes (cough, Argentina, Iran, Honduras, Ukraine, cough). Why should anyone respect ours, when so much is at stake?

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