As many as 100 election departments from cities and counties across the United States may have been penetrated by Russian hackers. That’s the revelation from a report allegedly from the National Security Agency, according to an online media outlet The Intercept, which published what it claims to be a classified report that said Russian agents at the direction of the government attacked a voting machine company and then tried to infiltrate local election boards. The FBI on Tuesday arrested a federal contractor for allegedly having leaked the NSA report to The Intercept.
The scheme did not appear to target the Secretary of State’s Office in Washington, but the King County Elections board admitted they have been probed and targeted this past year. They just don’t know who is behind it.
“We know some did happen in Washington state. That`s not uncommon and none of those were actually successful,” said Kendall Hodson with the county.
The blunt admission is also a brush with the new normal, but our state may be in a safer spot than most.