States Did A Great Job Rebuffing 2016 Election Hack Attempts

Ray Weaver
September 24, 2017

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

Homeland Security had found evidence of Russian activity in 21 states earlier this year, but notified the individual states that were targeted for the first time on Friday after months of complaints from election officials due to the lack of information, NPR reported.

Reuters outrageously concluded that the affected states were those "Russian government hackers targeted in an effort to sway the 2016 presidential election in favor of Donald Trump though no votes were changed".

Insisting that NBC should remove the "false" and "irresponsible" tweet instead of "clarifying" it, Huseman pointed out that voter registration systems are "disconnected" from the election results.

A 50-state tally by The Associated Press on Friday showed election officials in 21 states confirmed their election systems were "targeted" previous year. "A hacker targeting a system without getting inside is similar to a burglar circling a house checking for unlocked doors and windows".

Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Michael Haas said Homeland Security told the states that "Russian government cyber actors" targeted state voter registration systems.

"Most importantly, DHS acknowledged that they had contacted the wrong people at the state level and will rectify that going forward by communicating with each state's chief election officials", spokesman Stephen Reed said. But election officials in several states told the AP the attempts were linked to Russian Federation.

The AP said it contacted every state election office to determine which ones had been informed that their election systems had been targeted. And Alaska Elections Division Director Josie Bahnke said computers in Russian Federation were scanning the state's election systems searching for vulnerabilities.

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said Friday that hackers had scanned state election systems but not breached the system. They explained the attempts had "no impact on Wisconsin's systems or the election".

This disclosure comes as a special counsel investigates whether associates of President Trump could have colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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