FBI says foreign hackers infiltrated US state election systems

The FBI reveals that two state election databases were infiltrated by foreign hackers, prompting action to tighten computer security.

According to Yahoo News, the FBI received a “flash” alert from its Cyber Division. The bureau then sent warnings to election officials across the country to protect their computers.

US Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has offered to help states protect the US election from hacking. Johnson told state officials on Monday that federal cyber security experts could scan for vulnerabilities in voting systems and provide other resources to help protect against infiltration, his office said in a statement.

The FBI listed eight separate IP addresses that were the sources of the two attacks and suggested that the attacks may have been linked, noting that one of the IP addresses was used in twice.

“The FBI is requesting that states contact their Board of Elections and determine if any similar activity to their logs,…

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