The Journal Gazette
Thursday, November 28, 2019 1:00 am

Russian firm tried to hack Ohio voting

Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio detected and thwarted an election-related cyber attack this month, the state's elections chief said.

Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose said the “relatively unsophisticated” hacking attempt on Nov. 5, which was Election Day, originated in Panama but was traced to a Russian-owned company.

LaRose told the Columbus Dispatch on Tuesday that the would-be attackers were looking for vulnerabilities in his office's website.

“They are poking around for soft spots,” LaRose said.

LaRose said Ohio's election results are safe because neither the election machines nor the ballot counters the state uses are connected to the internet.

He said the attempted attack sought to insert malicious code into his office's website. It was detected by the state's Albert network security system, a sort of digital burglar alarm.

“The good guys won that day and the bad guys lost,” he said.

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