(CBS) — We were hacked, wider and deeper than previously thought. That’s the word from Illinois election officials.
2 Investigator Brad Edwards reports.READ MORE: Rev. Jesse Jackson Released From Rehab, Family Says He And Wife Are Now COVID-Free
It was Russian hackers — on June 23, 2016 — who attacked servers housed in Springfield. The records of 90,000 voters, including names, birthdates, driver’s license numbers, were viewed.
Now, the Illinois State Board of Elections confirms hackers tried to delete or alter some voter data.
“They were successful in getting in … but unable to manipulate any of our data,” Ken Menzel, the board’s general counsel, tells Edwards.READ MORE: Simeon High School Student Jamari Williams Shot And Killed Blocks From School; Classmate Wounded In Separate Shooting In Hyde Park
The state gave the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security unencumbered access to its system, he says.
“We wanted them to be able to share what they found with other states in case there were issues in other states, which is turns out there was,” Menzel says.
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Using evidence from Illinois, federal agents were able to develop digital “signatures” — among them, Internet Protocol addresses used by the attackers, to spot the hackers at work.