Hackers attack Utah’s online voter database more than a billion times a day

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Hackers attack Utah’s online voter database more than a billion times a day

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Post by DejaMoo » Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:35 am

Hackers attack Utah’s online voter database more than a billion times a day
In the wake of former presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s decision to run for Senate in Utah, the state’s online voter registration database has suffered more than one billion hacking attempts per day.

You didn’t read that wrong. According to Utah state elections director Justin Lee, the one billion attempts per day – that’s more than 12,000 per second – are the result of increased scrutiny on the state’s elections since Mitt Romney announced he’d run for US Senate in Utah, and subsequently beat out state Representative Mike Kennedy for the Republican nod.

There isn’t much information on the exact nature of the hacks, but it’s believed by Lee and other experts that the combination of a high profile former presidential candidate running for Senate, and said candidate’s criticism of Donald Trump and Russia have contributed significantly to the record breaking rise in network attacks.
...the day that Mitt Romney announced that he was running. We realized that day that this was different, that this was a game changer. Because, you had a former presidential candidate who was very outspoken when it came to Russia, specifically the Russian threat. We'd been kind of a low-profile state when it comes to elections and now suddenly we're very high-profile.
Yep. Attacking Russia is just like attacking the president, and vice-versa. They stand together against the USA.



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