Hackers targeted 21 US states during 2016 election

Al Jazeera

US officials have told election authorities in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems before last year's presidential election. The notification came roughly a year after the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) first said states were targeted by hacking efforts possibly connected to Russia, prompting criticism by some politicians for the delayed disclosure. The states that told The Associated Press news agency that they had been targeted included some key political battlegrounds, such as Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. The other states that confirmed they were contacted were Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas and Washington. Being targeted does not mean that sensitive voter data was manipulated or results were changed.


California, Wisconsin Deny Election Systems Targeted by Russian Hackers

U.S. News

DHS told states including Ohio, Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Minnesota, Texas, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Iowa, Maryland and Washington state they were targeted by Russian hackers but said the hackers were not successful. Arizona and Illinois confirmed last year that they were targets.


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Yiling Chen (yiling@seas.harvard.edu) is Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. Arpita Ghosh (arpitaghosh@cornell.edu) is an associate professor of information science at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Michael Kearns (mkearns@cis.upenn.edu) is a professor and National Center Chair of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Tim Roughgarden (tim@cs.stanford.edu) is an associate professor of CS at Stanford University, Stanford, CA. Jennifer Wortman Vaughan (jenn@microsoft.com) is a senior researcher at Microsoft Research, New York, NY.


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Yiling Chen (yiling@seas.harvard.edu) is Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. Arpita Ghosh (arpitaghosh@cornell.edu) is an associate professor of information science at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Michael Kearns (mkearns@cis.upenn.edu) is a professor and National Center Chair of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Tim Roughgarden (tim@cs.stanford.edu) is an associate professor of CS at Stanford University, Stanford, CA. Jennifer Wortman Vaughan (jenn@microsoft.com) is a senior researcher at Microsoft Research, New York, NY.


Hackers targeted voter registration systems in 21 states, feds say

FOX News

Election officials in 21 states have been notified by the Department of Homeland Security that hackers targeted voter registration systems ahead of last year's presidential election. In most cases, the systems were not breached. A small number of networks were compromised, but those affected were not involved in the actual tallying of votes. In most of the states, the targeting involved preparatory activity, such as scanning computer systems. Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin had confirmed they had been targeted as of Friday evening.