Russian firm's attempt to hack Ohio voting systems thwarted

Source: The Hill | November 30, 2019 | Marty Johnson

State election officials in Ohio said that the state detected and stopped an election-related cyber attack earlier this month, the Associated Press reported.

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose (R) stated the “relatively unsophisticated” cyber attack took place Nov. 5 – Election Day – and that the attack originated in Panama, but was traced back to a Russian-owned firm.

“They [were] poking around for soft spots,” LaRose told the Columbus Dispatch Tuesday.

LaRose confirmed that the votes cast in Ohio that day were safe because the election machines and the ballot counters Ohio uses aren’t connected to the internet.


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