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Russian Hackers Attempted To Access Oregon Voter Information In 2016


The Department of Homeland Security informed Oregon officials Friday that Russian hackers attempted to access voter information during the 2016 election.

“We block upwards of 14 million attempts to access our network every day,” said Lisa Vasa, Oregon’s chief information security officer. “These attempts come from all over the world, including Russia, with the largest number from the U.S.”

Federal officials said the Russian attackers tried to access the Oregon Secretary of State computer network. The office’s databases include voter information.

According to the Secretary of State’s Office, Oregon’s security measures “thwarted Russian government attempts.”

“The fact that DHS confirmed that we had no Russian intrusions is a testament to the strength of the network security program we have in place,” said Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson.

Oregon was one of 21 states targeted by Russian operatives. NPR reported Friday that Washington and Connecticut were also targeted by the hackers.

“Only two state election security breaches last year have been made public so far. Hackers were able to gain access to the records of tens of thousands of voters in Illinois’ centralized registration database, but there’s no sign any records were deleted or changed. Russian hackers also gained access to the password and other credentials of a county elections worker in Arizona, again there’s no evidence records were altered,” according to NPR. 

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