Russian hackers tried to access voting systems in 21 states

By Art Moore


The Department of Homeland Security informed 21 states and six U.S. territories Friday that their voting systems were targeted by Russian hackers during the 2016 elections.

The DHS previously said it had evidence of the hacking but did not inform the individual states that were targeted. Instead, the agency informed the private vendors or election officials who had “ownership” of the systems.

State election officials had complained that the lack of information was hampering their efforts to secure future elections.

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DHS said it allowed the election officials to decide whether or not to share what they learn with the public.

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman immediately announced her state was targeted.

“There was no successful intrusion and we immediately alerted the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the activities,” she said in a statement, the Seattle Times reported.

Wyman said the notice from the federal agency “confirmed information her office previously shared with federal security officials last year.”

“The security protocols we already have in place made us aware of these attempted intrusions by Russian IP addresses throughout the course of the 2016 election,” Wyman said.

Wyman’s office said in June it had no knowledge of its election systems being targeted.

In June, former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told a House panel that Russian hackers did not change any votes cast in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

“I know of no evidence that through cyber intrusion, votes were altered or suppressed in some way,” Johnson told the House Intelligence Committee, which has been investigating alleged Russian interference in the election.

Johnson, who said he testified voluntarily, also revealed the Democratic National Committee rejected an offer of help from his department after internal emails were hacked and released Click to see the original article