Post by: Chief News Editor | Published: September 29, 2016 , 12:05 am | Category: TOP NEWS
Washington, U.S.A.-Hackers have been scanning state-controlled voter registration databases beyond those identified earlier this year, FBI Director James Comey told a House panel Wednesday.
The source of the activity was not immediately identified nor were the specific databases that were being targeted, but Comey said the activities are in addition to “what we knew about in July in August.”
At that time, a Russian hacker probed a voter registration database in Arizona, and another unidentified operative gained entry to the Illinois system. Those breaches, which prompted authorities to briefly take the systems offline, have raised increasing concerns about foreign governments’ interests in interfering with the U.S. electoral process.
The actions prompted the FBI in August to warn states of the potential threat while urging local authorities to conduct their own vulnerability assessments.
“There is no doubt that some bad actors have been poking around,” Comey told the House Judiciary Committee.
Public concern for the integrity of the online systems has been running high since the July disclosure of breaches involving the Democratic National Committee’s email system. Although the U.S. has not formally identified Russia as the source of the attacks, authorities suspect Russia’s involvement.
NEWS COLLECTED FROM USA TODAY.