Ahead of the 2016 U.S. elections, reports of security breaches are starting to surface, raising concern among officials and cyber security experts.
According to a high-ranking U.S. official, confirmed incidents of voter’s registration database breaches in the states of Arizona and Illinois have been reported. With this, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has urged the government to beef up its cyber security measures before the November presidential elections, Reuters reported.
Is Russia Involved?
The source, who spoke with the Reuters on the condition of anonymity, said that an investigation is underway to determine the scope of the security breach. The investigation is particularly interested to know whether the same incident has also been reported in other states.
Although the individuals or group behind the hacking incident was not directly named, U.S. intelligence officials hinted that groups backed by Russia and other countries may take advantage of the event and disrupt the upcoming elections.
Early on in the campaign period, the Democratic Party was on the receiving end of similar attacks, which was linked to the Russians. But the Kremlin was quick to debunk such claim, denying any involvement in such actions.
Calls For FBI Probe
Meanwhile, U.S. Senate minority leader Harry Reid claimed on Monday that there is strong evidence linking the spate of cyber attacks of election-related databases to Russia. Reid likewise urged the FBI to initiate an investigation, particularly on speculation that groups are plotting to manipulate the elections result, the New York Times reported.
“That incident was only a small part of what disturbed me. Trump and his people keep saying the election is rigged. Why is he saying that? Because people are telling him the election can be messed with,” Reid was quoted as saying by the New York Times.