One Way to Protect Elections From Hacking: Paper Ballots

Posted June 08, 2017

In a statement, the company appeared to confirm that it had been targeted, saying that "a handful" of customers had received fraudulent e-mails, but that there was "no indication that any of them clicked on the attachment or were compromised as a result".

The Orange County Supervisor of Elections Office designed its own software and does not contract with VR Systems.

Interestingly, several clear warnings about just how vulnerable our voting systems was to foreign hacking were issued before the election, even while many so-called experts were downplaying any such possibility, and when most of the nation's attention was focused on Russian attempts to influence the presidential election by releasing emails and other embarrassing information, not by hacking.

Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections attorney Ron Labasky says even with the intrusion, hackers never got access to ballots or voting software. None of its tabulation software is connected to the internet.

VR Systems are used in Seminole and Volusia counties, where election officials confirmed to News 6 on Tuesday that both received the malicious email but were not affected.

The emails packed malware into Microsoft Word documents and were forged to give the appearance of being sent by the system vendor, VR Systems of Tallahassee, Florida.

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USA intelligence agencies have previously said the Kremlin tried to influence the election outcome in favor of Republican candidate Donald Trump through leaks during the campaign of hacked emails from Democratic Party officials, aimed at discrediting Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

NSA documents leaked by Reality Leigh Winner, however, contradict Obama's claims as election-related hacking efforts continued until just days before the election.

A spokesman for the Durham County Board of Elections told The Intercept that VR Systems' software was not to blame for these issues, and a spokesperson for the North Carolina Board of Elections told the website that the state "did not experience any suspicious activity during the election outside of what this agency experiences at other times".

Humboldt officials used VR Systems equipment during the November election, but are no longer using it, Sanders said.

An FBI spokeswoman declined to comment Tuesday, as did the office of the special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion between Trump campaign officials and the Russian government.

"What happens is if you get a known signature from a phishing attack, the system will know that and have a record of that so it doesn't come into the county", Storm said.

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The statement also said the IT department was already in the process of improving its security systems, prior to the release of the information. We have policies and procedures in effect to protect our customers and our company.

Andino said Tuesday she has not been contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in reference to voting irregularities here.

The elections management company that has been implicated in the NSA report through a mention of one of its products is the Florida-based VR Systems.

"A lot of those vendors are quite small", Hall said.

If convicted, victor may be imprisoned for up to 10 years.

He removed the classified material and then he handed it to online news report which hampered the secrecy of the organization.

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The report the contractor allegedly leaked is dated May 5, the same date as the document The Intercept posted online. First, I want to remind you that contrary to the headline of numerous published reports, there has not been a verified report of any "hacking of United States voting system".