Illinois, Arizona election officials report voter registration database intrusions

Rick Pearson reports:

Ilinois State Board of Elections officials said Monday they believe personal information from fewer than 200,000 voters was hacked through a cyber attack of possible foreign origin that began in June and was halted a month later.

Ken Menzel, general counsel for the elections board, said no files of registered voters were erased or modified and that no voting history information or voter signature images were captured.

But he said it’s possible that some voter personal information, including drivers’ license numbers and the last four digits of Social Security numbers, could have been accessed of voters who entered that information when they registered to vote online.

Read more on the Chicago Tribune.

Arizona officials are also reporting a hack of their voter registration database. Citing a Yahoo report, Reuters reports that the

Arizona attack was more limited and involved introducing malicious software into the voter registration system, Yahoo News quoted a state official as saying. No data was removed in that attack, the official said.

And over on Salted Hash, Steve Ragan raises the troubling possibility that a recent FBI memo on scanning tools being used by foreign actors to scan for vulnerable election systems might be linked to these two reports.


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