ILLINOIS (KWQC) — The latest updates on the 500,000 Illinois Voters that had their Information stolen in the 2016 Elections Hacking.
Update 7/13/18 4:30pm: The IllinoisState Board of Elections has issued a press release on the malicious cyber attack on the statewide voter registration database.
The release includes that the Database Breach Report from August 26th, 2016.
Today’s indictment stated that the individuals ‘hacked the website of a state board of elections… and stole information related to approximately 500,000 voters, including names, addresses, partial social security numbers, dates of birth, and driver’s license numbers.’ If this is in reference to the Illinois State Board of Elections, we must get to the bottom of it immediately.
Update 7/13/18 3:30pm: Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate has also issued a statement on the U.S. Dept. of Justice Indictment In 2016 Elections Hacking.
"There is no evidence of any unauthorized intrusions into Iowa's election systems. The Mueller indictment refers to visiting websites, not hacking them. There's a big difference. It's the equivalent of burglars driving around a neighborhood looking for a house they might be able to rob.
My office is partnering with all 99 county auditors to bolster their cybersecurity. That includes requiring two-step authentication for access to the voter registration database and requiring staff to undergo cybersecurity training.
We have conducted multiple cybersecurity workshops with county auditors. My office partnered with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Iowa Office of the Chief Information Officer to provide cybersecurity protection and resources to all 99 counties.
This is a team effort and we are working with county, state and federal entities, including the Iowa National Guard, to protect the integrity of the vote.
Iowans should feel confident their elections are secure and their vote will count"
Update 7/13/18 2:30pm: Rock Island County Clerk Karren Kinny has confirmed that the Illinois State Board was hacked and that Rock Island County was not affected.
Rock Island County has taken steps to update security and the state is allocating money to educate and hire teams of IT experts to look into the matter.
Original: 500,000 Illinois Voters have had their Information stolen in the 2016 Elections Hacking. The information includes Social security numbers and addresses.
The llinois State Board of Elections will be holding a Press Conference on the U.S. Dept. of Justice Indictment In 2016 Elections Hacking at 3pm that will provide more details.
This is a developing story, the KWQC TV6 staff will be following this story
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