Russian hackers ‘unsuccessfully targeted’ Alaska voter database last year, state says

Russian "cyber actors" made an unsuccessful attempt to access Alaska's voter registration database last year, state officials said Friday, citing information they received from federal officials.

Alaska was one of 21 states possibly targeted, said Josie Bahnke, the state elections director, in a prepared statement. She added that Alaska's election systems were not "compromised," according to information her office received from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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Illinois was the only state to report that hackers had actually accessed voter systems, the Associated Press reported.

Nathaniel Herz

Nathaniel Herz is a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News. He’s been a reporter in Alaska for nearly a decade, with stints at ADN and Alaska Public Media. He’s reported around the state and loves cross-country skiing.