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Homeland Security: Russian Cyber Actors Targeted California Voting Systems

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio / File

File: Voters choose their candidates at the polls during an election in 2014.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio / File

The federal government says Russian cyber actors looked for vulnerabilities in California’s voting systems prior to the 2016 elections.

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla says the Department of Homeland Security informed him Friday. The agency found no evidence of breaches or tampering in the state election system.

California is one of 21 states the Russians scanned, according to Homeland Security.

Ben Bradford

State Government Reporter

As the State Government Reporter, Ben covers California politics, policy and the interaction between the two. He previously reported on local and state politics, business, energy, and environment for WFAE in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Read Full Bio 

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