After a ransomware attack on a web hosting provider a week before Oregon’s primary election, the secretary of state’s office is working to preserve the integrity of its online system where campaign financial records are published.
The hackers focused on the Oregon-related web hosting service
“The Oregon Secretary of State’s office has not been hacked,” Fagan’s office said late Monday in a statement. “On our systems, no sensitive information has been exposed.” There have been no compromises in election administration systems.”
People entering information into the ORESTAR state campaign finance reporting system may have been affected, according to Secretary of State Shemia Fagan’s office, and have been issued explicit instructions on how to proceed.
By Tuesday, one-tenth of registered voters had already cast their ballots for the May 17 primary election. Oregonians vote by mail or by using official drop-off boxes.
“C&E’s database was compromised, which includes their client’s log-in credentials for ORESTAR accounts,” Fagan’s statement said. The Secretary of State’s office said it is requiring all 1,100 affected users to reset their passwords.
The Oregon Elections Division said it learned on Monday that Opus Interactive — a web hosting provider used by the campaign finance firm C&E Systems — was the victim of a ransomware attack.
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