Investigators found one instance of hackers altering voter information, and thousands of attempts to steal voter records, Time reports. The records include private information like partial Social Security numbers.
The manipulation of voter data found in one county was found and fixed, and it’s unclear whether Russian agents were behind it.
These thefts are giving investigators a new line to pursue in the snowballing Russian meddling investigation. In Illinois, more than 90% of the reported approximate 90,000 records stolen by Russian state actors had drivers license numbers, and 25% listed the last four digits of voters’ Social Security numbers, according to Ken Menzel, the General Counsel of the State Board of Elections.
Time says congressional investigators are looking into whether this information was shared with Trump’s campaign.
“If any campaign, Trump or otherwise, used inappropriate data the questions are, How did they get it? From whom? And with what level of knowledge?” the former top Democratic staffer on the House Intelligence Committee, Michael Bahar, tells TIME. “That is a crux of the investigation.”
“There’s no evidence they were able to affect the counting within the machines,” says Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence committee. But, “the effect on the election is quite a different matter.”
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