The Election Assistance Commission (EAC) reported that its security may have been breached by a Russian hacker going by the name “Rasputin,” who was selling credentials to their web system.
The organization exists to certify voting systems and provide data about the elections to voters.
In a press release from the EAC, the organization noted that:
‘The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) has become aware of a potential intrusion into an EAC web-facing application. The EAC is currently working with Federal law enforcement agencies to investigate the potential breach and its effects.
‘The EAC does not administer elections. State and local jurisdictions run elections.
‘The EAC’s mission is to provide a clearinghouse of election administration best practices, administer a voluntary voting machine certification system, and survey election administration practices.
‘Upon detecting the intrusion, the EAC terminated access to the application and began working with federal law enforcement agencies to determine the source of this criminal activity. The FBI is currently conducting an ongoing criminal investigation. As such, questions concerning the investigation should be directed to the FBI.’
A web security site called Recorded Future reported on Thursday that a Russian-speaking hacker they refer to as “Rasputin” was selling credentials to access data on the Election Assistance Commission’s website. Rasputin attempted to sell those credentials to what he believed was a “Middle Eastern government broker.” Some of the credentials being sold included administrative privileges.
Amidst news of cyberattacks of other government information and emails by Russia, which are believed to have been used to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election in favor of President-elect Donald Trump, the breach of security on the EAC website is even more alarming. In a highly contentious secret report by the CIA, intelligence officials determined that Russian hackers breached the DNC servers in order to influence the election in Trump’s favor. The FBI disagrees and the public awaits more information and more proof in order to determine just how damaging these breaches may have been.
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