A news report relying on a newly leaked National Security Agency document says Russian spies electronically infiltrated a company whose voting machine software is used in North Carolina and seven other states. The Russian government then sent “phishing” emails to more than 100 elections officials around the United States just before the election, in an attempt to gain their login credentials, according to the news report Monday by The Intercept investigative reporting website. VR Systems provides voting software used in 21 North Carolina counties, according to the N.C. State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement, whose executive director said the agency is “actively investigating reported attempts to compromise” the software.
“This agency takes any reports of possible interference with our election processes very seriously,” Kim Westbrook Strach said in a statement.
Part of the investigation is to look into whether any North Carolina elections officials were targeted by the “phishing” emails.
However, the Intercept reported it’s unclear if the hack succeeded in influencing any election results – nationally, in North Carolina or anywhere else.