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FBI Probing Possible Hacking at Elections Assistance Commission

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By    |   Friday, 16 Dec 2016 11:03 AM

The FBI is investigating a possible cyber attack of a federal agency that helps states select voting systems, The Hill reports.

The Election Assistance Commission believes it was targeted by a hacker. The EAC certifies brands of voting machines and provides election-related data to voters, the website said. It is not involved in running elections or counting votes.

It does not store voter records.

"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 agency said in a statement.

"The FBI is currently conducting an ongoing criminal investigation. As such, questions concerning the investigation should be directed to the FBI."

USA Today reports the EAC incident appears unrelated to claims Russian hackers tried to influence the presidential election.

"We're hoping that this can be resolved relatively quickly," the newspaper quotes Thomas Hicks, chairman of the EAC.

Hicks said the FBI is looking into how the person or person gained access, but "they don't believe it's a foreign government."

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