December 3, 2019

Official: Russian-owned Ohio Election Hack Attempted

An electoral cyberattack was detected and thwarted by Ohio earlier this month, the head of the state election said.

Republican State Secretary Frank LaRose said on November 5, the “relatively sophisticated” hacking attempt was originated in Panama but traced to a Russian-owned enterprise.

LaRose told The Columbus Dispatch Tuesday that the hackers wanted to find bugs on the website of his office.

“They pok for soft spots,” said LaRose.

The ultimate objective of such attacks is to disrupt the credibility of elections and to undermine them. LaRose said that the election results of Ohio are secure, since neither the electoral systems nor the ballot controllers are connected to the internet.

LaRose said the attack attempted by SQL tried to insert malicious code into his office’s website. The Albert Network Security System of the state, a kind of digital burglar alarm, was detected.

“That day the good guys won and the bad guys lost,” he said.

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