Months After Election Day, Feds Tell States More About Russian Hacking

Months After Election Day, Feds Tell States More About Russian Hacking

Months After Election Day, Feds Tell States More About Russian Hacking

The federal government on Friday told election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems before last year's presidential election.

Colorado may have been among almost two dozen states whose election systems were scanned for weaknesses by Russian-linked actors leading up to the 2016 election, the Colorado Secretary of State's Office said Friday, though officials feel strongly that there was no breach.

DHS on Friday notified state election officials in 21 states that hackers had targeted their election systems leading up to the 2016 election.

"Our elections are the bedrock of our democracy, and DHS needs to notify states and localities in real time when their systems are targeted", Warner said.

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The National Association of Secretaries of States, which represents most senior state election officials, says it's relieved Friday's calls were finally made. "There was nothing that impacted the voting tallies, as we said before, and for the most part, these attempts were not successful in any intrusions into systems".

Voting machines are not connected to the internet and can not be directly breached.

Also, top election officials in every state and US territory are in the process of getting security clearances so they'll be able to receive classified intelligence about potential threats. There have also been no reports of identity theft or phishing attempts to break into voter registration data in the WisVote system, he said.

"But, over the course of the election system, our network identified those and prevented [hacking] from occurring in our system", Merrill added. He said he's working with other senators to appropriate money to local and state elections officials.

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Homeland Security said it recognizes that state and local officials should be kept informed about cybersecurity risks to election infrastructure. "But we continue to deflect those attempts". "He said that Colorado systems were scanned", Timmons said. I wouldn't call it a probe.

The Elections Commission is unaware of any Wisconsin voter reporting that their registration information had been altered or deleted against their will, Magney said.

Texans already thought hackers had tried to meddle in the 2016 elections here after North Texas media outlets reported in June that the Dallas County election administrator confirmed 17 attempts to hack their servers in October.

The hacking disclosure came as a special counsel investigated whether there was any coordination during the 2016 presidential campaign between Russian Federation and associates of President Donald Trump.

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