Leaked NSA report highlights deep flaws in US elections

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Leaked NSA report highlights deep flaws in US elections

The efforts were detailed in a recently leaked report attributed to the U.S. In Virginia, officials are now reviewing election security measures as a result.

As recently as last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin has categorically denied Russian involvement in USA elections on a state level. Only one county in IL used this software, according to WGN.

The firm that the report said was hacked says its voter registration software was used by local election offices in eight states. The others are Florida, California, Indiana, New York and West Virginia.

Election supervisors in Citrus, Clay and Pasco counties said they, too, got the emails, but also did not open them, the Tampa Bay Times reported Tuesday. It's not clear where else the emails may have been sent. A 25-year-old Georgia woman was arrested for allegedly leaking the document and sending it to The Intercept, which published an article Monday detailing the classified memo.

Secretary of State Alex Padilla said his office hasn't found any other counties besides Humboldt that used VR Systems equipment so far.

Volusia County Supervisor of Elections Lisa Lewis also told News 6 that her office received an email November 1 warning them of a possible fraudulent email.

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The target of the attempted hack was VR Systems, an election system company based in Tallahassee. He said Moscow categorically denies "the possibility" of the Russian government being behind it.

The fraudulent email came through as a gmail.com account, and VR Systems told elections officials that emails from the company "will never come from an '@gmail.com' email address".

The NSA report does not say whether the cyberattack effort had any effect on the election results.

Greenhalgh said that even though most jurisdictions have paper ballots which can be used for recounts, "the bad news is the vast majority of the country doesn't do an audit to catch any errors in the vote counting software".

"None of these actions from the Russians stopped on Election Day", he said.

In the days leading up to the 2016 election, several Florida elections offices received phishing emails that were part of a Russian cyberattack, according to a report by the National Security Agency.

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Seminole County uses paper ballots and "you can't hack paper", Ertel said.

IL officials have asked local elections offices whether they used VR's software in 2016.

Jeanne Atkins, who was OR secretary of state during the election, said Homeland Security tested the state's voter registration database, which is connected to the internet. To date, no evidence of tampering with vote tallies or registration rolls has emerged. Hackers who penetrated its network with a method called SQL injection spent three weeks rooting around before they were discovered in July.

The general counsel for the IL state elections board, Ken Menzel, said the state cooperated with the FBI and other federal authorities in the investigation but was not told who might have been responsible.

"The feds did not see fit to enlighten us to the extent that the feds know more than that", he said.

Stimson said that with more specific information that breaches were possible, states could have offered help to local election officials and created firewalls to make sure any local problems would not have caused problems at the state level.

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"We're looking at that", Kelly told a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee hearing, "I've had a large amount of pushback on that from states and many members of Congress". The NSA employs thousands of private contractors for its work and victor was one of those contractors who released the report.

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