As voters begin casting absentee ballots in Election 2017, new details are emerging about the role Russia played in Virginia’s election last year. About a year ago, leaders at the Department of Elections noticed something odd — the equivalent of a burglar checking the locks on the doors to its website. “There were IP addresses traced back to Russia that scanned our public-facing websites.” That’s Edgardo Cortes at the Virginia Department of Elections.
“Scanning is kind of like an activity before you even try to do anything to go to somebody’s web sites and figure out hey are there any potential holes here?”
State officials reported it to the FBI, although they say no attempt was ever made to gain access to any actual election equipment. Virginia was one of 21 states where Russians attempted to hack into election systems.