ARIZONA NEWS

Secretary of State: Arizona’s election hacking was ‘much ado about nothing’

Oct 6, 2017, 5:18 AM

(Public Domain Photo)...

(Public Domain Photo)

(Public Domain Photo)

PHOENIX — Officials with the Arizona Secretary of State’s office said reports that hackers believed to be directed by the Russian government breached Arizona’s state election database last year were “much ado about little or nothing.”

Before the 2016 presidential election, the FBI said it uncovered information that hackers breached Arizona’s state election database in an attack that Secretary of State Michele Reagan later said likely originated in Russia.

The Department of Homeland Security informed Reagan in September that the state’s voter registration system was targeted a second time last year by possible Russian agents, but it was initially unknown whether it was actually breached.

But Matt Roberts with the secretary of state’s office said both instances of hacking did not affect the state’s voter registration database — or affect the state at all.

“We were glad to find out that the instances that DHS was reporting was essentially low-level scans of computer systems at local government levels,” Roberts said. “They were not of the Arizona state registration database.”

“So essentially there was much ado about little or nothing, but we were relieved to hear that it was limited to simple, low-level scanning of securities,” he added.

Roberts did not clarify which local governments were targeted, but said there was not any evidence that anyone breached the state’s systems “whatsoever” and stole or manipulated voter data.

“Last June’s attack on one of the local county’s computers that had nothing in terms of what they were actually able to access,” he said. “In short, they were only able to access a localized computer and not the state registration database.”

But Roberts assured residents that the office is “as always, doing everything we can to protect everyone’s data. “

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Phoenix Police...

Nick Borgia

Phoenix police successfully complete Operation Full Court Press to reduce crime

Phoenix police announced the completion of Operation Full Court Press, a five-day initiative focused on reducing crime.

4 hours ago

A large fire burns...

KTAR.com

Weekend Wrap-Up: Here are the biggest Phoenix news stories from May 17-19

From a standoff in Surprise to a fire burning across Tonto National Forest, here are some of the biggest news stories from the weekend.

6 hours ago

State Route 87 closure...

KTAR.com

State Route 87 southbound lanes reopen near Fort McDowell Road

The southbound/westbound lanes of State Route 87 reopened near Fort McDowell Road, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

8 hours ago

Marriott and Westin hotels are collaborating on a new hotel in Phoenix that is expected to be open ...

Bailey Leasure

Marriott, Westin collaborate on dual-branded hotel coming to Phoenix

Marriott and Westin hotels are collaborating on a new hotel in Phoenix that is expected to be open by late 2025.

10 hours ago

File photo of Phoenix police SUVs parked in front of a metal utility pole. A suspect was arrested A...

KTAR.com

Man arrested after allegedly assaulting Phoenix police during apprehension

A man was arrested after Phoenix police officers intervened in a physical fight on Saturday, authorities said.

13 hours ago

Scottsdale Fire Department was among the groups assisting with "Wildcat Fire" containment over the ...

KTAR.com

Cave Creek Ranger District closed in wake of ‘Wildcat Fire’ containment efforts

The Tonto National Forest issued a monthlong closure of the Cave Creek Ranger District as crews continue to fight the "Wildcat Fire."

15 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Midwestern University

Midwestern University Clinics: transforming health care in the valley

Midwestern University, long a fixture of comprehensive health care education in the West Valley, is also a recognized leader in community health care.

...

Fiesta Bowl Foundation

The 51st annual Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade is excitingly upon us

The 51st annual Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade presented by Lerner & Rowe is upon us! The attraction honors Arizona and the history of the game.

...

Collins Comfort Masters

Avoid a potential emergency and get your home’s heating and furnace safety checked

With the weather getting colder throughout the Valley, the best time to make sure your heating is all up to date is now. 

Secretary of State: Arizona’s election hacking was ‘much ado about nothing’