NYT: 3 Providers of Critical Election Services were Hacked by Russians Before 2016 Vote

by ericlewis0 –

From The New York Times:

The calls started flooding in from hundreds of irate North Carolina voters just after 7 a.m. on Election Day last November.

Dozens were told they were ineligible to vote and were turned away at the polls, even when they displayed current registration cards. Others were sent from one polling place to another, only to be rejected. Scores of voters were incorrectly told they had cast ballots days earlier. In one precinct, voting halted for two hours.

Susan Greenhalgh, a troubleshooter at a nonpartisan election monitoring group, was alarmed. Most of the complaints came from Durham, a blue-leaning county in a swing state. The problems involved electronic poll books — tablets and laptops, loaded with check-in software, that have increasingly replaced the thick binders of paper used to verify voters’ identities and registration status. She knew that the company that provided Durham’s software, VR Systems, had been penetrated by Russian hackers months before.

Beyond VR Systems, hackers breached at least two other providers of critical election services well ahead of the 2016 voting, said current and former intelligence officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because the information is classified. The officials would not disclose the names of the companies.

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This is some nausea-inducing stuff. According to the article, VR Systems provides election services to SEVEN states besides North Carolina. And we don’t even know which two other companies were hacked, but can assume they handled a number of states each as well.

And the nothing-to-see-here attitude from officials who were asked about irregularities is equally sickening. The whole article is well worth the read, if you can stomach it.

We were robbed.


Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos