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Hack into Kennesaw’s Voter Database under Investigation


An investigation by the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) into a so-called data hack that occurred on March 1, 2017 night at Kennesaw State University's Center for Election Systems is ongoing. According to Aaron Diamant, Investigative Reporter of Channel 2, the voter database of the Kennesaw state, maintained at the Center for Election Systems, fell victim to hackers' compromise.


According to a statement by the university, state officials of Kennesaw state have joined forces with authorities of law enforcement at the federal level for finding out if a data hack potentially took place and what was its scale as hackers infiltrated the records that Center for Election Systems maintained. As the criminal investigation is still pending, Kennesaw State is not making any more remark about the latest issue.


The mentioned Center is one distinct project whose impact smears every aspect of elections in Georgia. Its activities involve checking all voting machines utilized for casting ballots within the state; preparing every local, state and federal ballot; as well as housing all of Georgia district's voter rolls. Thehill.com posted this online dated March 3, 2017.


Kennesaw State's Center for Election Systems is an important medium for the Georgia Secretary of State for facilitating vote castings within every county of Georgia as well as to keep voting machines in order. According to Diamant's confirmation, the Governor has indicated that GBI should do a meeting with FBI following perception about the problem's extent.


Referring to the data breach, Tony UcedaVelez, consultant on cyber security stated the incident was indeed a major one impacting numerous people within Georgia. It could involve a lot many kinds of threat intentions, he pointed out.


As per sources, the hacker during his attack stole voter records counting to millions. According to UcedaVelez, by hijacking data, criminals use it cleverly for defrauding identities, and even steal people's financial assets.


Meanwhile, in similar hijacking of voting data incident, Illinois and Arizona encountered hacking assaults in 2016 at the time of election that were thought as originating from Russia. Within the Kennesaw incident that some foreign power was in play isn't evident.

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