18 Dec 2013

US Federal Election Commission Breached by Chinese Hackers

Chinese hackers reportedly breached the US Federal Election Commission during the US government shut-down, according to the Center for Public Integrity. The breach occurred after a independent auditor warned FEC of the high vulnerability of their systems.

The hackers took down the computers that publicly disclose how candidates raise and spend money.

“FEC’s […] decision to not fully adopt information technology best practices increases risk to the agency’s information and information systems,” the audit reads. “Without adopting and implementing National Institute of Science and Technology minimum security controls, the FEC’s computer network, data and information is at an increased risk of loss, theft, manipulation, [and] interruption of operations.”