Monday, 09 December, 2019

Hackers targeted 21 states during 2016 elections, US Govt reveals

Hackers targeted 21 states during 2016 elections, US Govt reveals Hackers targeted 21 states during 2016 elections, US Govt reveals
Christy Curtis | 24 September, 2017, 01:36

Election officials in 21 USA states were notified Friday by government officials that hackers had targeted their systems ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

In addition, officials from Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Virginia told The Associated Press that their states had been targeted.

Only two state election security breaches past year have been made public so far. "It is completely unacceptable that it has taken DHS over a year to inform our office of Russian scanning of our systems, despite our repeated requests for information", he said. "A hacker targeting a system without getting inside is similar to a burglar circling a house checking for unlocked doors and windows".

Although the DHS confirmed that there was no evidence of systems breach or compromise, Padilla expressed serious concern about the failure of the National Security Agency (NSA) to provide "timely and critical information to America's election officials".

Good job state election IT guys and gals.

"We will continue to keep this information confidential and defer to each state whether it wishes to make it public or not", said Scott McConnell, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security.

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State election officials have complained for months that the lack of information from the federal government was hampering their efforts to secure future elections.

A Homeland Security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the agency's election security efforts are confidential, said that in the majority of the 21 states, the Russians engaged only in "preparatory activity" such as by scanning the cyber defenses surrounding each system.

Only Illinois reported that hackers had succeeded in breaching its voter systems.

ProPublica national politics reporter Jessica Huseman soon identified the glaring inaccuracy in the NBC tweet, pointing out that the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) statement said nothing about attempts to compromise the election results. I wouldn't call it a probe.

Trump, a Republican who defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in the presidential election, has called the Russian Federation story a hoax. Arizona and IL confirmed past year that they were targets.

In January, President-elect, Donald Trump revealed that he had accepted the US intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation engaged in cyberattacks aimed at disrupting the USA elections.

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