Federal government notifies 21 states of election hacking

Violet Powell
September 23, 2017

State election officials say SC was not one of 21 states whose election systems were breached by Russian hackers before the 2016 elections.

The news that states were targeted by Russian Federation was first announced by Homeland Security at a U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on June 21.

Homeland Security officials tell the AP that in September hackers believed to be Russian agents targeted voter registration systems in more than 20 states. DHS did not directly notify chief election officials of their states' status until Friday, according to a news release from the Maine Department of the Secretary of State.

Wyman says the notice from the federal agency "confirmed information her office previously shared with federal security officials previous year", according to the release.

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"Our IT system has a firewall and when the scan came through, it recognized what was happening and stopped it from entering the system", he said.

When asked by The Seattle Times in June whether Washington state was targeted in any way, Erich Ebel, a spokesman for the office, said, "We have no confirmed reports of our system being compromised and we don't expect any".

Wisconsin and Washington state officials say Homeland Security reported Russian hackers unsuccessfully tried to access election systems in their states.

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