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Election software executive accused of stealing personal information of poll workers

A man votes on the only machine working shortly after polls opened in Georgia’s Senate runoff elections at a senior center, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, in Acworth, Ga. Election systems in the U.S. are vulnerable to cyber intrusions similar to the one that hit federal agencies and numerous businesses last year and remain a potential target for foreign hacking, according to a report released Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. (Branden Camp/AP)

Election software executive accused of stealing personal information of poll workers

Cami Mondeaux October 05, 08:48 AMOctober 05, 08:48 AM Video Embed

A top executive for a Michigan-based elections technology company was arrested in connection to the theft of personal information of Los Angeles County poll workers.

Eugene Yu, the chief executive of Konnech Corporation, was taken into custody by Los Angeles authorities on Tuesday after he was tied to an investigation into the possible theft of confidential data, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Konnech Corporation distributes software to help states administer elections and schedule poll workers, with Los Angeles County among its several customers.


“I want to thank my prosecutors and investigators for their commitment to eliminating cyber intrusions against government entities and local businesses,” said District Attorney George Gascon in a statement. “Data breaches are an ongoing threat to our digital way of life. When we entrust a company to hold our confidential data, they must be willing and able to protect our personal identifying information from theft. Otherwise, we are all victims.”

The investigation was opened after several groups challenging the results of the 2020 election accused the company of storing personal information about poll workers on servers based in China. Officials with Konnech have repeatedly denied those accusations.

However, investigators found the company had stored information on servers in China, violating its contract with the county, according to the DA’s office.

The charges related to the possible theft of poll workers’ data are only part of the widespread investigation into Konnech, although the county did not release details on other findings. However, officials confirmed its investigation found “the alleged conduct had no impact on the tabulation of votes and did not alter election results.”


“This investigation is concerned solely with the personal identifying information of election workers,” Gascon said. “But security in all aspects of any election is essential so that we all have full faith in the integrity of the election process.”

Officials with Konnech said they are looking into the details surrounding “Mr. Yu’s wrongful detention,” according to the New York Times. A spokesperson for the company has not yet responded to a request for comment by the Washington Examiner.

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