Hackers, potentially nation-state actors, have broken through U.S. government networks to access election systems, the FBI and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) said.
CISA, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security, said in a statement that these actors gained unauthorized access to election support systems in some cases.
CISA added that, so far, it does not appear that the integrity of the elections data was compromised, saying, “It does not appear these targets are being selected because of their proximity to elections information.”
But the agency did say that election system data could be compromised.
The hackers gained access through a tactic known as “vulnerability chaining” and targeted state, local, tribal, federal, and territorial government networks, as well as elections organizations.