US says hack­ers probed vot­ing sys­tems

The Star (Kenya) - - News World -

Hack­ers have probed the vot­ing sys­tems of many US states but there is no sign that they have ma­nip­u­lated any vot­ing data, Home­land Se­cu­rity Sec­re­tary Jeh John­son said on Satur­day.

Na­tional se­cu­rity of­fi­cials are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a num­ber of pos­si­ble leads sug­gest­ing that cy­ber-crim­i­nals are try­ing to in­flu­ence the Novem­ber 8 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, in­clud­ing by hack­ing into sys­tems run by the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee.

Repub­li­can can­di­date Donald Trump has re­peat­edly charged that the US elec­tion sys­tem is “rigged” and top Democrats in Congress have charged that Rus­sia is be­hind re­peated at­tempts to ac­cess both party data and state vot­ing sys­tems.

“In re­cent months, ma­li­cious cy­ber ac­tors have been scan­ning a large num­ber of state sys­tems, which could be a pre­am­ble to at­tempted in­tru­sions,” John­son said in a state­ment.

“In a few cases, we have de­ter­mined that ma­li­cious ac­tors gained ac­cess to state vot­ing-re­lated sys­tems. How­ever, we are not aware at this time of any ma­nip­u­la­tion of data.”

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