Minnesota, Wisconsin among states whose election systems were targeted by hackers
23 September, 2017, 01:42 | Author: Kristen Ingram
Federal authorities have told officials in Washington that Russian hackers unsuccessfully tried to access election systems in the state prior to the 2016 general election.
According to Reuters, the Department of Homeland Security notified all 21 states on September 22, with Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Michael Haas quickly identifying his specific state as being affected soon after.
Oklahoma Election Board spokesman Bryan Dean says U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials notified the state Friday that Oklahoma was one of the targeted states.
Haas says he is seeking more information from Homeland Security.
Iowa's top elections official says there were "attempted outside intrusions" on the state's elections system a year ago, but no breaches.
The office earlier has said it had no knowledge of its election systems being targeted. And, sorry to say it Wisconsin, you have the dubious distinction of being the state in the spotlight. The targets included voter registration systems but not vote tallying software. Colorado said the hacking wasn't quite a breach.
No breach occurred, Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon said in a news release.
IN got better news, with DHS reporting it had not detected any Russian attempts to hack into the state's voter registration systems, according to Valerie Warycha, deputy chief of staff for Secretary of State Connie Lawson. "It's not an attack". He says Russian President Vladimir Putin "vehemently denied" the conclusions of American intelligence agencies.
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