South Carolina’s voter registration system was hit by 150,000 hack attempts on Election Day: report
Hackers made nearly 150,000 attempts to break into South Carolina’s voter registration system on Election Day 2016, according to a report from that state’s election commission.
The Hill said Sunday that there is no evidence so far that the attempts were successful.
President Donald Trump won the state of South Carolina by large margins and the election commission said that the hacking attempts were probably the work of pre-programmed bots.
The report was released, however, into a politically charged atmosphere in which the Trump campaign is being questioned about possible digital coordination with Russian propaganda efforts and top campaign officials are under fire for meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer in an effort to get illicitly obtained information about Hillary Clinton.
Russian hackers are believed to be involved in attacks on the election systems of 39 of the 50 states. Many states are using voting systems that are antiquated and therefore vulnerable to manipulation.
Some states like Georgia have gaping security holes in their electoral software and hardware, but officials are reluctant to address them or allocate funds for their modernization.