By Ken Dilanian in NBC News:
The FBI will now notify state election officials about cyber breaches to election systems in their jurisdictions, even those that only affect a single county, FBI and Justice Department officials said Thursday.
The change stems from a belief that the “traditional policy did not work in the election context,” an FBI official told reporters in a background call.
Typically, the FBI notifies only the victim of a cyber intrusion. When it comes to election systems, the victim is often a county.
But if the FBI only notifies local officials, “it may leave the state officials with incomplete knowledge of the threats,” the official said.
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