California Secretary of State Denies Elections Breach

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla is pushing back against claims that California was among 39 states suffering a security breach by Russian cyber hackers during the 2016 presidential election. Despite a shocking report from Bloomberg News on Tuesday, “there is no evidence of any breach of elections systems in California,” Padilla said.

County News first covered claims related to Florida-based VR Systems on Monday. The company, which was reportedly targeted by a Russian phishing operation, previously supplied Humboldt County with e-pollbook services. However, "VR Systems does not provide any vote tabulation services in California,” Padilla said in a written statement

The counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Riverside and San Diego have also reiterated that there was no breach of their voting data.


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Finance

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 05:13

The noose is tightening around California’s cities and counties. At least one-third of local and state budgets now go toward public employee pensions.