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

  • Author: Nathaniel Herz
  • Updated: September 22, 2017
  • Published September 22, 2017

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.

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