Voting systems targeted by Russia used in NC


A highly-classified report showed Russian military intelligence executed a cyber attack on at least one U.S. voting software supplier and sent phishing emails to election officials just days before last November's presidential election.

The classified document first released by the news site, The Intercept, detailed a Russian effort to hack VR Systems, a company that provides election software.

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North Carolina is one of eight states where the technology is used and the company has a regional office in Matthews.

The Russians first targeted VR Systems, posed as the company and emailed more than 100 election officials, according to a National Security Agency report. It's not clear if the attempts to manipulate voters worked.

A federal contract worker out of Georgia was arrested for leaking the classified intelligence report detailing the Russian hack. Department of Justice officials said the woman named Reality Winner printed the document and mailed it to a news outlet.

A statement from Kim Westbrook Strach, executive director of the NC State Board of Elections & Enforcement said this:

"The agency's cyber partnership with the Department of Homeland Security and post-election audits by the state and county boards of elections are among the many ways North Carolina protects election data and ensures accurate results. This agency takes any reports of possible interference with our election processes very seriously. We are actively investigating reported attempts to compromise VR Systems' electronic poll book software, which is used on Election Day in 21 of North Carolina's 100 counties to help check in voters who show up to cast ballots in person. The software is not used during early voting and does not play any role in ballot marking or vote tabulation."

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