Election Software CEO Arrested for Stealing Data, Storing It on Chinese Servers

It is reported on Oct. 5th, that the head of Konnech Corporation, a Michigan-based software company, was arrested Tuesday for allegedly stealing personal data from Los Angeles County election workers and storing it on servers in communist China.
According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Konnech CEO Eugene Yu, 51, was arrested on charges of stealing personally identifiable information from the county’s election workers.Investigators have also seized computer hard drives and other digital data related to the case. The office said it will seek an extradition of Yu to Los Angeles.
According to the office, Konnech signed a five-year, $2.9 million contract with Los Angeles County in 2020 to provide services to the county’s election worker management system called PollChief software, which was used in the last California election.
The software is designed to help poll workers with task assignments, communication, and payroll lists, said the county’s District Attorney George Gascon in a statement.
Under the contract, the company was supposed to maintain the data securely and provide access only to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. But investigators found that it stored the data on servers in the Communist China.Gascon said that in this case, the alleged conduct had no impact on the tabulation of votes and did not change the outcome of the election. However, all aspects of any election must be secured so that we can have full confidence in the integrity of the election process.

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