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First Look Why would Russian hackers target US election systems?

In Illinois, state officials said the hackers stole data from as many as 200,000 voter records.

Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP/File

A cyber assault on election databases in Arizona and Illinois this summer prompted the FBI to alert election officials nationwide to strengthen the security of their computer systems in the weeks before the Nov. 8 presidential election, a warning one person who works with state election officials called “unprecedented.”

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