Maricopa County election officials respond to Russian voting vendor hacking

Maricopa County election officials respond to Russian voting vendor hacking

It does not indicate whether actual vote-tampering occurred.

The National Security Agency report was leaked and first published by the website The Intercept Monday and its authenticity confirmed by CBS News.

The Orange County Supervisor of Elections Office designed its own software and does not contract with VR Systems.

"We do feel very confident that the system that we have in place is working", Sanders said.

"Depending on the county´s configuration and security practices and what is separated from what, they could have access to potentially every aspect, from lists of registered voters, to voting machines, to firmware on those machines, to the ballots that are presented, to the software that controls the final tally", Blaze said.

Elections Supervisor Lisa Lewis on Wednesday provided The News-Journal with a copy of a November 1 email from VR Systems, a Tallahassee contractor that provides software to customers in eight states, warning customers not to open a "suspicious email" circulating using the red and blue VR logo, but sent from an account that was not connected to the company.

But news of the hack and the local connection to VR has raised concerns, and officials are responding quickly. In Moscow, a Kremlin spokesman categorically denied Tuesday that Moscow had tried to hack the USA elections.

Sanders said in initial checks, elections officials haven't discovered any evidence that employees received an email with the infected Word document, and they've discovered no irregularities in their data. We have policies and procedures in effect to protect our customers and our company.

An FBI spokeswoman declined to comment Tuesday, as did the office of the special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion between Trump campaign officials and the Russian government.

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In Summary, I would like to quote a recent blog entry by Mike Ertel, Seminole County Supervisor of Elections.

The statement also said the IT department was already in the process of improving its security systems, prior to the release of the information.

"The great thing about Florida in 2016 was we have used, since 2008, paper ballots and you can not hack a paper ballot", Corley said. Prosecutors did not say which federal agency employed victor, but FBI agent Justin Garrick said in an affidavit filed with the court that she had previously served in the Air Force and held a top-secret security clearance.

By now I'm sure you've read the numerous reports of the recently leaked NSA report on Russian Hacking and hopefully you have taken the time to read the statement released by VR Systems.

Secretary of State Alex Padilla told the Mercury News on Tuesday that his office has found that any other county besides Humboldt County used VR Systems equipment.

The report did not say what the hackers were trying to accomplish, and any investigation of the computers of people who were targeted would be the jurisdiction of the FBI. Victor faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

He removed the classified material and then he handed it to online news report which hampered the secrecy of the organization.

The Intercept, a digital magazine founded by journalists involved in the release of documents leaked by NSA contractor Edward Snowden, said some material was withheld at US intelligence agencies' request because it wasn't "clearly in the public interest".

"We're getting the opportunity to look at our system in a down time to ensure we don't have nay problems going forward", she said.




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