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Russian firm’s attempt to hack Ohio voting systems thwarted

Greg Nash

State election officials said Ohio detected and stopped an election-related cyberattack earlier this month, The Associated Press reported.

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose (R) stated the “relatively unsophisticated” cyberattack took place Nov. 5 — Election Day — and originated in Panama but was traced back to a Russian-owned firm.

“They are poking around for soft spots,” LaRose told The Columbus Dispatch on Tuesday.

LaRose confirmed that the votes cast in Ohio that day were safe because the election machines and the ballot counters Ohio uses aren’t connected to the internet.

“The good guys won that day and the bad guys lost,” he said.

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