US official: Hackers targeted election systems of 20 states

A Homeland Security Department official says hackers have targeted the voter registration systems of more than 20 states in recent months.

The official was not authorized to speak publicly on the subject and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The FBI last month warned state officials to improve their election security after hackers targeted systems in Illinois and Arizona.

FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers this week that the agency is looking "very, very hard" at Russian hackers who may try to disrupt the U.S. election.

U.S. officials say the decentralized nature of election systems, which are run by state and local governments, and the fact that they're generally not connected to the internet, makes it hard for to alter the election outcome.

© 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Citation: US official: Hackers targeted election systems of 20 states (2016, September 30) retrieved 6 February 2023 from
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.

Explore further

US official: Difficult to alter US elections through hacking


Feedback to editors