But experts said that if a foreign government gained the ability to tamper with voter data – for instance by deleting registration records – such a hack could cast doubt on the legitimacy of us elections.
No data was removed in that attack, the official said. Tom Carper, D-Delaware, in a letter to the Department of Homeland Security. “That’s where the real potential is for any sort of meddling in the election”. Hackers could change voters’ addresses, so their registrations would be invalid or at least confused. “We’re very confident nothing was added, deleted or altered”.
The spokesman, Matt Roberts, told The Washington Post the Federal Bureau of Investigation said the threat was “an 8 on a scale of 1 to 10”. “This credential was leaked by a hacker”.
The warning lists eight IP addresses that were the sources of the two attacks. “It’s incredibly important to expect more from our elections officials”.
Comey, speaking at a cybersecurity conference Tuesday, declined to give details about what the FBI was investigating in connection with the political hacking but indicated the agency was closely watching what foreign countries are doing.
Now both the state and local officials say the data accessed is not tied to vote counting software, so elections results can not be altered.
“This is the closest we’ve come to tying a recent hack to the Russian government”, the official said. Several third-party sources have identified the attackers as Russians, but US law enforcement sources have not confirmed that.
The breach is under investigation by the FBI in both Arizona and IL.
The email systems of both the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee were hacked earlier this year, with damaging data released to Wikileaks just before the Democratic National Convention nominated Hillary Clinton for president.
Several Democrats in Congress have formally asked the FBI to investigate if Russian cyber-attacks against the party have any connection to the Republican presidential nominee.
The FBI declined to comment on the breaches against the state election databases mentioned in its bulletin.
According to Bloomberg, the federal government could step in to offer extra assistance to state election officials. In some cases, the information also included the last four digits of the voter’s driver’s license and social security numbers. Most of the rest of the stolen data could be bought by a political committee for a small fee, Menzel said.