CEO of US election software firm is charged with theft of poll worker data 

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The laminitis and CEO of a bundle institution targeted by predetermination deniers has been arrested connected suspicion of stealing information connected hundreds of Los Angeles County canvass workers.

Konnech Corporation's Eugene Yu, 51, was arrested connected Tuesday successful Meridian Township successful Michigan and held connected suspicion of theft of idiosyncratic identifying information, the LA District Attorney's Office said.

Konnech is an obscure steadfast that provides bundle to assistance predetermination officials negociate grooming and scheduling of canvass workers, and prosecutors allege that the institution improperly stored canvass idiosyncratic information connected servers located successful China.

Yu's apprehension came conscionable 1 time aft the New York Times wrote a lengthy nonfiction detailing however the institution had go the absorption of 'conspiracy theorists' who asserted that it had 'given the Chinese authorities backdoor entree to idiosyncratic information astir 2 cardinal canvass workers.'

Konnech Corporation CEO Eugene Yu, 51, was arrested connected Tuesday successful Meridian Township successful Michigan and held connected suspicion of theft of idiosyncratic identifying information

Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón was speedy to asseverate that Yu's alleged crimes 'had nary interaction connected the tabulation of votes and did not change predetermination results'

While the charges against Yu bash not substantiate those claims successful full, they bash amusement that prosecutors judge Konnech whitethorn person improperly handled canvass idiosyncratic data.

Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón was speedy to asseverate that Yu's alleged crimes 'had nary interaction connected the tabulation of votes and did not change predetermination results.' 

'But information successful each aspects of immoderate predetermination is indispensable truthful that we each person afloat religion successful the integrity of the predetermination process,' helium added successful a statement.

Prosecutors accidental that during Yu's arrest, machine hard drives and different 'digital evidence' were seized by investigators from the territory attorney's office

Gascón's bureau volition present question his extradition to California. Representatives for Konnech powerfully denied the charges against Yu.

'We are continuing to ascertain the details of what we judge to beryllium Mr. Yu´s wrongful detention by LA County authorities,' Konnech said successful a statement.

'Any LA County canvass idiosyncratic information that Konnech whitethorn person possessed was provided to it by LA County, and truthful could not person been "stolen" arsenic suggested,' the institution added.

Konnech is an obscure steadfast based successful Michigan that provides bundle to assistance predetermination officials negociate grooming and scheduling of canvass workers

Yu, who was calved successful China, became the people of claims by predetermination conspiracy theorists that the institution had concealed ties to the Chinese Communist Party, the Times reported

Konnech is simply a tiny institution based successful East Lansing, Michigan, with astir 27 employees located successful the US and Australia. 

In 2020, it won a five-year, $2.9 cardinal declaration with LA County for bundle to way predetermination idiosyncratic schedules, training, payroll, and communications, according to the region clerk, Dean C. Logan.

Konnech was required to support the information successful the United States and lone supply entree to citizens and imperishable residents but alternatively stored it connected servers successful the People´s Republic of China, the DA´s bureau said.

The DA's bureau didn't specify what circumstantial accusation allegedly was taken. But officials said it lone progressive canvass workers, not voting machines oregon ballot counts.

'Data breaches are an ongoing menace to our integer mode of life. When we entrust a institution to clasp our confidential data, they indispensable beryllium consenting and capable to support our idiosyncratic identifying accusation from theft. Otherwise, we are each victims,' said Gascón.

'With the mid-term General Election 35 days away, our absorption remains connected ensuring the medication of this predetermination is not disrupted,' said a connection from Dean C. Logan, the LA County registrar-recorder/county clerk.

Konnech employees told the Times that they had gone into hiding aft receiving threats from radical who believed the institution was secretly moving with China

There wasn't immoderate grounds that immoderate predetermination idiosyncratic was bribed oregon extorted and an probe was pending into whether immoderate of the information went into inappropriate hands, the DA's bureau said.

In the New York Times illustration published connected Monday, Konnech insisted that each the information for its American customers were stored connected servers successful the United States.

The insubstantial reported that Konnech and Yu, who was calved successful China, became the people of claims by predetermination conspiracy theorists who believed the institution had concealed ties to the Chinese Communist Party.

The allegations, which circulated online, held that 'China had gained adjacent implicit power of America's elections' and planned to usage canvass idiosyncratic information to endanger oregon bribe predetermination officials. 

The Times wrote determination wasn't immoderate grounds to enactment those claims, but said Yu received threats and went into hiding.

Konnech besides has contracts with Allen County, Indiana, and DeKalb County successful Georgia, the Times said.

On its website, Konnech said it presently has 32 clients successful North America.

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