The Wall Street Journal: As Russian hacker nabs Arizona login, FBI warns over threat to state voter records

WASHINGTON — After a Russian hacker gained access to login credentials used by Arizona state election officials, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is warning state officials about the growing threat of hackers penetrating their computer networks.

The alert, which also came after an attempted computer breach at the Illinois voter registration system, raised fears of interference in the November elections by criminal groups and even foreign governments.

In June, Arizona officials had to take certain systems offline “due to what the FBI characterized as a credible threat to our voter registration system,” said Arizona Secretary of State spokesman Matt Roberts in an email.

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