Eugene Yu, the ECO of the software firm Konnech – an election software company – has been arrested for storing USA election data on servers in China.
“Yu, 51, was arrested early Tuesday just outside of Lansing, Mich., after prosecutors alleged he improperly stored the information on servers in China, according to Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. George Gascón. Yu, who is the chief executive officer of a company named Konnech, is expected to be extradited to Los Angeles in the coming days, Gascón said,” according to the LA Times.
“Konnech allegedly violated its contract by storing critical information that the workers provided on servers in China. We intend to hold all those responsible for this breach accountable,” Gascón said.
According to the LA Times, “prosecutors learned of the data breach this year through a ‘separate investigation’ undertaken by the district attorney’s office, according to Gascón. He would not say what the other investigation was or exactly when his office became aware of the breach.”
Twenty-four hours before his arrest, the New York Times ran a piece stating that “election deniers” created a “conspiracy theory” surrounding Konnech. The article published by the NYT’s claimed Deniers used “threadbare evidence” to accuse Konnech of having “secret ties to the Chinese Communist Party and had given the Chinese government back door access to personal data about two million poll workers in the United States.”
A day later, the NYT was forced to admit that Yu was arrested but never issued an apology or correction.
An election integrity not-for-profit claimed that they could download the personal information of around 1.8 million poll workers from Konnech servers in China and passed the information on to the FBI.
Holding the data in China violates Konnech’s contract with Los Angeles county, the LA Times reported.
The LA Times added, “The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said in an emailed statement that it had cause to believe that personal information on election workers was ‘criminally mishandled.'”