August 25, 2011
Contact: Caitlin E. Chamberlain
(207) 441-0501

Secretary of State Charles E. Summers, Jr. Announces Update on Breach of the Central Voter Registration System

AUGUSTA, Maine – Secretary of State Charlie Summers released the following statement regarding the investigation into yesterday’s breach of the Central Voter Registration System.

?To follow-up on yesterday?s report of the Central Voter Registration (CVR) breach, I want to update the public with our initial findings and assure all Mainers that appropriate action has been, and will continue to be, taken to protect all personal information located in the CVR.? It has been determined that the origin of the malware is a workstation computer located in the clerk?s office in the town of Millinocket.?

?As of right now, it appears that no personal information contained in the Central Voter Registration database has been compromised.? We will, however, continue to look into this matter and try to determine how this breach occurred.? Representatives from my office are working with the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit to conduct a forensic examination of the affected computer equipment.? Once I receive a final analysis of that examination, I will be in a better position to offer more information.?