>> The FBI warning election officials to step up their computer security after evidence showed hackers targeting voter databases in at least two states, and possibly more. The alert from the FBI Cyber Division obtained by Reuters, Monday. Coming amid reports that the likely foreign-based hackers penetrated voter registration computers in Arizona and Illinois.
Cybersecurity reporter, Dustin Volz.>> A US official tells Reuters that other states are being looked at, in this investigation, to determine whether or not they too have been targeted. These apparent intrusions do not necessarily suggest that there's any attempt to actually manipulate votes on election day. The intrusions themselves appear to be rather elementary, rather lacking in sophistication.
But it's always hard to know what a hacker wants to do when they're accessing databases.>> Concerns about election vulnerabilities this month prompted Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to hold a conference call with state election officials offering help to tighten security. Citing a state election official, Yahoo News reporting Illinois was forced to shut down its system for ten days after hacker has downloaded personal data on up to 200,000 voters.
All of this just a month after reports surfaced that the Democratic National Committee had been hacked, likely by the Russian government. And after WikiLeaks published thousands of often embarrassing DNC emails just before the party's national convention. US intelligence officials are increasingly worried foreign hackers may be trying to influence or disrupt the presidential elections less than three months away.