FBI investigates hacks of state election systems

In June, the state of Arizona had to take down the voter registration system after the FBI said there was a credible threat of a hack.

Now we're learning more about that hack and that Arizona wasn't the only state targeted.

As voters prepare to head to the polls on August 30th for the primary election, new information is being released about an attempted hack to gain Arizona voter information.

According to the Secretary of State's office spokesperson, they were alerted to the treat back in June by the FBI, that's when they took the website down.  They say an employee's credential was compromised, and then leaked by an online hacker.

The good news: the hacker wasn't able to gain access, according to the Secretary of State's office, because there are two levels of security in order to actually gain access to voter information.

In a statement, they say voter information is safe and was never accessed. "We have not found any evidence of malware or command and control software in the voter registration system. "

The same thing happened in Illinois, but sources say in that case, the hackers were able to gain access to the information of an estimated 200,000 voters.

The FBI says they are now warning all states to be on the lookout for any potential hacks.

We reached out to the FBI, but they said they are not going to elaborate more on their investigation into these hacks.

It's also important to point out that we have learned the voter database is not connected to the system that counts votes in an election.


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