Maryland Elections Board detected ‘Suspicious Activity” On Its Computer System

Linda H. Lamone, Esq., State Administrator of Elections, announced suspicious activity” was detected on a computer system utilized for online voter registration. The activity was detected prior to the 2016 presidential election.

Maryland’s State Board of Elections called in cyber security to assess the activity. After a thorough inspection, it was determined that the system was not penetrated and vote tabulation was not compromised, Lamone said.

“Because of our strong security protocols, the system was not breached,” Lamone said. “However, as an extra security precaution we had cyber security experts investigate the system and no intrusion was detected.”

The Department of Homeland Security was made aware of the activity. Maryland election officials are still waiting for an answer on who may have made the attempt. Lamone said the state’s cyber security experts did not discover the source of the alleged attempted breach.

Marylanders utilize the system potentially targeted by hackers for updating personal information, registering to vote and request absentee ballots. That system is not connected to the Maryland voter registration database, which are not online.

Local election officials in Baltimore and the counties are responsible for the actual vote tabulations in Maryland. The systems utilized for vote tabulations are not connected to the Internet either, election officials said.

Local board employees verify any changes made through the online registration system, which is monitored constantly, Lamone said.

A Homeland Security spokesman told The Baltimore Sun that the department could not comment further, nor would it say whether Maryland’s computer system was considered as having been hacked.

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