Contra Costa elections detects attempted hacking into system

MARTINEZ — An unknown hacker recently tried to access Contra Costa County’s election internet system, according to an email sent by the county’s elections chief.

The unsuccessful hacking attempt “fits a pattern of other attempts/attacks that trace back to foreign interests,” according to an email sent to county staff by Clerk-Recorder and Registrar of Voters Joe Canciamilla Friday morning. He said the elections office notified the state Secretary of State’s office as well as the Department of Homeland Security about the “attempted intrusion.”

“Our security protocols captured and isolated the threat almost immediately,” Canciamilla wrote in the email. It’s unclear when the attack took place.

Elections spokesman Paul Burgarino said the investigation into the incident is still in its early stages, but preliminary information indicated the attempt was unsuccessful.

“It never got into our system. We’re still looking into the systems behind what happened,” Burgarino said. “We don’t know origin yet, that’s what we’re looking into.”

The Secretary of State’s office did not respond to a request for comment after business hours on Friday.

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