US election agency breached by suspected Russian hacker

US election agency breached by suspected Russian hacker

by Steven Musil, c|net

A security firm discovers more than 100 login credentials for computers at the US Election Assistance Commission on the internet black market

The US agency responsible for certifying the security of voting machines reportedly fell victim to a hacker believed to be Russian.

Security firm Recorded Future said Thursday that it discovered login credentials for computers at the US Election Assistance Commission for sale on the internet black market. The firm said its analysis identified the hacker as Russian.

“The breach appeared to include more than one hundred access credentials, including some with the highest administrative privileges,” Andrei Barysevich, director of advanced collection at Recorded Future, wrote in a blog post. “These administrative accounts could potentially be used to access sensitive information as well as surreptitiously modify or plant malware on the EAC site.”

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