Hacking Attempts on Federal Election Commisison Website

Posted November 4, 2013 at 2:25pm

The Federal Election Commission is trying to deal with attempts by others to hack its website and has moved certain data servers offline.

In an email response to inquiries about FEC website problems, a spokesperson for the Federal Election Commission stated, “As a result of recent hacking attempts on the FEC website, the FEC has taken servers that may have been affected offline and replaced them with less powerful backup servers. As a consequence, users may experience slowness and intermittent availability.”

The commission has not provided further information. The FEC website has had various problems since August, separate from issues during the government shutdown.

The FEC website is the main source of federal election campaign finance information. The commission deals with the financing of federal-election campaigns, not voting information, nor voting records or voting results.