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Cyber Attack At Contra Costa Elections Department Started With An Email

MARTINEZ (KPIX 5) — The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI are investigating after a hacker attempted to access the election internet system for the Contra Costa County Clerk and Recorder’s office.

Clerk and Recorder Joseph Canciamilla said the spearphishing attack happened March 18. A hacker sent an email to an election staffer disguised as a contact the employee had emailed in the past.

Canciamilla said the email was “sophisticated” and appeared to be authentic. He said he believed it was a targeted attack aimed at accessing the department’s email system. But he said security protocols quickly intercepted the threat.

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