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Hackers tried to infiltrate state’s voter registration system almost 150,000 times on US election day

Author: Emily Shugerman / Source: The Independent

People enter the Prince of Orange Mall, a polling location for the South Carolina Democratic presidential primary

Hackers tried to access South Carolina‘s voter registration system almost 150,000 times on Election Day alone, a new report from the state’s Election Commission has revealed.

The report plays into a larger pattern of attempted hacking in the 2016 election, in which the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says more than 20 US states were targeted. Intelligence officials believe much of the election meddling was carried out by Russian hackers.

The news comes as President Donald Trump’s eldest son has been called to testify before a Senate committee on his meeting with a Kremlin-connected lawyer during the 2016 campaign.

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In South Carolina, state officials met with the FBI and state law enforcement about the attempted hacking as early as August 2016, according to The Wall Street Journal. In September, the state requested help from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and hired its own private cybersecurity firm.

That month, the DHS located 55 different vulnerabilities on devices used by…

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