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Chinese hackers crashed US election commission PCs

by on13 January 2014

Democracy almost happened

Chinese hackers caused computers at the Federal Election Commission to crash, according to a new report. The hackers crashed the FEC's computer information technology systems in October just as the federal government shut down. A report into the crash, authored by the Center for Public Integrity, revealed that the agency is suffering from chronic staffing shortages.

Now two congress people are calling for an inquiry into FEC IT systems. John Mica the chairman of the House Government Operations Subcommittee which oversees federal IT matters said he is working with the staff of the full House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to investigate the extent of the breaches.

The ranking member of the Committee on House Administration, Robert Brady says he, too, wants his committee to conduct an oversight hearing on FEC operations -- something he described as "long overdue." FEC action has decreased significantly, mostly the result of partisan gridlock, Brady said. They alos have a bit interest in keeping the department week because it looks at campaign funding.

Last modified on 13 January 2014
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