Russia’s Election Meddling More Extensive Than Originally Thought

It was revealed Tuesday that Russia’s cyberattack on the U.S. electoral system before the 2016 presidential election was more extensive than previously thought. Bloomberg reports that voting databases in 39 states, including Illinois, were hacked. 

The breach sent Obama administration officials to complain directly to Moscow over a modern-day “red phone,” an emergency communications line.

Illinois may have seen the worst of the cyberattack. Russian hackers attempted to change voter data, but without success. However, the private details of between 700 and 86,000, voters—including names, addresses and the last four digits of social security numbers—have been compromised.

WBEZ producer and reporter Miles Bryan met with Illinois State Board of Elections General Counsel Ken Menzel for more details on the breach. Bryan joins us to talk about how the cyberattack affected Illinois, and how the state can prevent future hacks.


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