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Virginia working with state and federal partners to protect integrity of election

Virginia is working with state and federal partners to protect the integrity of the upcoming election in the Commonwealth. (Source: NBC12) Virginia is working with state and federal partners to protect the integrity of the upcoming election in the Commonwealth. (Source: NBC12)
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Virginia is working with state and federal partners to protect the integrity of the upcoming election in the Commonwealth.

Virginia’s Information Technology Agency says there's an attempted cyber attack in the Commonwealth every four seconds, with 53 million attempts in just the first five months of this year.

“The opportunity to do harm is getting more and more wide spread,” said Nelson Moe, head of VITA.

Around the country, US intelligence believes Russia is trying to impact the national election. There has been election-related hacking activity in at least 20 states, including Illinois, Arizona and most recently Florida, where investigators believe a cyber attack by Russian hackers exposed the personal data of some Florida voters.

No one has confirmed an attack in Virginia, but it's on the mind of Moe.

“More recently we've worked with the department of elections to make sure we've minimized the risk in the system we have for validating the election process and make sure that people know where to vote," he explained.

VITA is the agency responsible for the email and IT services of several executive branch operations in Virginia's government. His agency does IT support for the DMV, VDOT, the Governor's Office, Virginia's Department of Elections.

Moe won't confirm any attempted hacks by the Russians but says, “I can't go too much into depth on those types of things, but I can say we have taken steps with both our local and federal partners to make sure we've minimized the risk to the Commonwealth's systems.”

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