ARIZONA NEWS

Report: Systems in Arizona, other states compromised by Russian hack

Feb 27, 2018, 4:42 PM | Updated: 5:11 pm
(Public Domain Photo)...
(Public Domain Photo)
(Public Domain Photo)

PHOENIX — Systems in Arizona and at least six other states were reportedly compromised by a Russian hack last year but state officials were not informed.

NBC News reported Tuesday that the hack affected either state websites or voter registrations. It did not specify what exactly was affected in Arizona.

The report said officials in all seven states were informed their systems were targeted, but not that they had been compromised.

A spokesman for Secretary of State Michele Reagan, Darron Moffatt, said Reagan’s office had not been told “any Arizona voting system has been compromised, nor do we have any reason to believe any votes were manipulated or changed.

“No evidence, no report, no nothing.”

Moffatt said Department of Homeland Security officials told the state that the Phoenix Public Library was the only system the hackers scanned.

“This is like a someone peeking in the windows but not getting in,” he said.

All of the federal officials who spoke to NBC News said no votes were changed and no voters were removed from registration rolls.

Arizona officials were informed by FBI officials two years ago that Russian hackers had breached the state’s selection database, but Secretary of State Michele Reagan’s office labeled it “much ado about little or nothing” at the time.

“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.

The Arizona hack was initiated after an employee accidentally downloaded a virus. Roberts said the system was taken offline to review its integrity.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

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

Arizona News

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)...
KTAR.com

Arizona Secretary of State’s Office files lawsuit against Cochise County over elections

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs' Office filed a lawsuit Monday evening against the Cochise County Board of Supervisors.
22 hours ago
(Queen Creek Photo)...
KTAR.com

Ground broken on next phase of Mansel Carter Oasis Park in Queen Creek

Ground has been broken on the next phase of a park in Queen Creek that is expected to be completed by late next year.
22 hours ago
(Arizona Department of Transportation Photo)...
Kevin Stone

Weeknight closures on I-17 north of Phoenix will impede traffic for months

Interstate 17 north of Phoenix will be closed several nights a week well into next year so crews can blast rocks to make space for new lanes.
22 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Maricopa County)...
KTAR.com

Maricopa County certifies 2022 midterm election, leaving Cochise as lone holdout

Maricopa County certified the 2022 midterm election, leaving Cochise County as the lone holdout ahead of Monday's deadline.
22 hours ago
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)...
Danny Shapiro

Ron Wolfley says Arizona Cardinals were hard-luck losers against Chargers

The Arizona Cardinals lost a heartbreaker on Sunday to the Los Angeles Chargers, a defeat Ron Wolfley said was tough luck.
22 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/U.S. Dog Agility Association)...
KTAR.com

Dogs will have run of the place in Scottsdale at Agility World Games

There will be no dogging it this week in Scottsdale when nearly 500 of the most athletic canines in the country will compete to be the best at the Cynosport Dog Agility World Games.
22 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

(Desert Institute for Spine Care photo)...
DESERT INSTITUTE FOR SPINE CARE

Why DISC is world renowned for back and neck pain treatments

Fifty percent of Americans and 90% of people at least 50 years old have some level of degenerative disc disease.
(Photo via MLB's Arizona Fall League / Twitter)...
Arizona Fall League

Top prospects to watch at this year’s Arizona Fall League

One of the most exciting elements of the MLB offseason is the Arizona Fall League, which began its 30th season Monday.
...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Here are 4 signs the HVAC unit needs to be replaced

Pool renovations and kitchen upgrades may seem enticing, but at the forefront of these investments arguably should be what residents use the most. In a state where summertime is sweltering, access to a functioning HVAC unit can be critical.
Report: Systems in Arizona, other states compromised by Russian hack