County Investigates Election Night IT Breach

It appears someone wanted to break into the county's main website on Election Night

By R. Stickney
|  Friday, Jun 8, 2012  |  Updated 7:15 AM PDT
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San Diego County announced it is working with Hewlett Packard to investigate what looks like a "deliberate attempt" to break into the county's main website Tuesday night.

The county reports there was an unusual surge of activity to the main website around 8:15 p.m. from a single, unknown IP address.

When the number of visits to the site reached well over 1 million per minute, the website’s firewall closed off outside access, limiting the public’s – and the media’s - access to voting results on the night of the California primary.

According to a report posted on the county’s news website, the disturbance did not affect ballot counting or other election processing.

Investigators will look into whether the attempted breach aimed to interfere with Tuesday’s election.

Check back for updates on this developing story. 

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