Georgia Confirms Homeland Security Attempted To Hack Election Database 10 Separate Times

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Last week we noted a letter from Georgia Secretary of State, Brian Kemp, to the Department of Homeland Security questioning why someone with a DHS IP address (216.81.81.80) had attempted to hack into his state's election database on November 15, 2016 at 8:43AM.  Now, according to WSB-TV in Atlanta, we learn that Georgia's election systems were actually the target of hacking by DHS on 10 separate occasions

The Georgia Secretary of State's Office now confirms 10 separate cyberattacks on its network were all traced back to U.S. Department of Homeland Security addresses.

 

In an exclusive interview, a visibly frustrated Secretary of State Brian Kemp confirmed the attacks of different levels on his agency's network over the last 10 months. He says they all traced back to DHS internet provider addresses.

 

"We're being told something that they think they have it figured out, yet nobody's really showed us how this happened,” Kemp said. "We need to know."

 

Kemp told Channel 2’s Aaron Diamant his office's cybersecurity vendor discovered the additional so-called vulnerability scans to his network's firewall after a massive mid-November cyberattack triggered an internal investigation.

Meanwhile, Kemp pointed out that all of the attempted hackings occurred around critical registration and voting deadlines calling into question whether "somebody was trying to prove a point."

The Secretary of State's Office manages Georgia’s elections, and most concerning for Kemp about the newly discovered scans is the timing.

 

The first one happened on Feb. 2, the day after Georgia’s voter registration deadline. The next one took place just days before the SEC primary. Another occurred in May, the day before the general primary, and then two more took place in November, the day before and the day of the presidential election.

 

"It makes you wonder if somebody was trying to prove a point,” Kemp said.

Of course, the Obama administration, a pillar of "transparency" for sure, has confirmed the attacks originated at the DHS but has refused to provide a straight story on why the attempted hackings occurred.  Furious with the lack of answers, Kemp has now written a letter to the Trump administration asking for a formal review after his inauguration next month.

Last week, the DHS confirmed the large Nov. 15 attack traced back to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection internet gateway. But Kemp says the DHS’ story about its source keeps changing.

 

"First it was an employee in Corpus Christi, and now it's a contractor in Georgia,” Kemp said.

 

Unsatisfied with the response he got from DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson this week, Kemp fired off a letter Wednesday to loop in President-elect Donald Trump.

 

"We just need to ask the new administration to take a look at this and make sure that we get the truth the people of Georgia are deserving to know that and really demanding it,” Kemp said.

 

Kemp says several of those scans came around the same time he testified before Congress about his opposition to a federal plan to classify election systems as "critical infrastructure," like power plants and financial systems.

As we've said before, despite all the media attention on "Russian hackers," this cyberattack, originated from within our own Department of Homeland Security, is the only actual confirmed case of hacking related to the 2016 election. 

 

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For those who missed it, here is what we wrote last week after the initial hacking was discovered.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp is anxiously wondering, as are we, why someone with a Department Of Homeland Security IP address would try to hack into his State's voter registration database.  Even though DHS offered cyber security help to states prior to the election, the Wall Street Journal notes that Georgia was one of the states that specifically denied assistance.

The secretary of state of Georgia is asking the Department of Homeland Security to explain what appears to be an attempted breach of the state’s voter registration database by someone in the federal government.

 

In a letter to Department of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson dated Thursday, Georgia’s Secretary of State Brian Kemp said the state had discovered an unsuccessful attempt to breach the firewall of state computer systems. That attempt was linked to an IP address associated with DHS, he said.

 

“At no time has my office agreed to or permitted DHS to conduct penetration testing or security scans of our network,” wrote Mr. Kemp, a Republican. “Moreover, your department has not contacted my office since this unsuccessful incident to alert us of any security event that would require testing or scanning of our network.”

 

The alleged attempted intrusion by the federal government on a state computer system responsible for election security was detected by a third-party security firm working for the state of Georgia. The attempt was unsuccessful, according to the state. The computers also house information about company incorporations.

According to a letter written by Kemp to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, the attempted intrusion occurred 1 week after the election on November 15, 2016 at 8:43AM and came from an IP address associated with DHS (216.81.81.80). 

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Of course, since the hacking a state's election database it technically illegal, even for DHS, Kemp had some fairly pointed questions for Johnson on who authorized the scan and how many other states were scanned without authorization. 

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Meanwhile, the potential hacking followed threats from Jeh Johnson leading up to election day to declare election systems "critical infrastructure" which would have given the federal government more authority over state databases. 

The Department of Homeland Security made a major push in advance of November’s elections to help states secure election systems against possible hacking, as fears of foreign interference in the U.S. election process reached a fever pitch in the months leading up to Election Day.

 

The department also considered declaring election systems “critical infrastructure,” which would have given the federal government additional authority to protect the systems. DHS didn’t take that step, however, as many states expressed concern about additional federal authority over their election systems and said the constitution provided states the right to run their own elections.

 

As a result of some of the concerns, the department clarified that assistance on election-related security matters was voluntary and encouraged states to take advantage of DHS resources and expertise to help secure state election systems.

 

“DHS assistance is strictly voluntary and does not entail regulation, binding directives, and is not offered to supersede state and local control over the process,” Mr. Johnson, the DHS chief, said in September.

 

Georgia was one of the states that had declined the federal government’s assistance for election security, citing state sovereignty. “Right now, we’re just demanding answers,” said David Dove, a top aide to the Georgia secretary of state. “My boss, Secretary Kemp, has been a very vocal critic of the Department of Homeland Security declaring election systems critical infrastructure.”

After all the talk about Russian hackers, wouldn't it be just perfect if it turns out that the Obama administration was the only group to actually attempt to illegally hack into a state election database?  That said, we won't hold our breath waiting for Jill Stein and disaffected Hillary supporters to express their outrage over this incident.

 

Brian Kemp's full letter can be viewed below:

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Ms No's picture

The NSA was arbitrary at its inception and it needs to be disbanded.  If I remember right, it is actually the parent company of the CIA.  They both need to go bye bye.  Our founders would be horrified that we were ever stupid enough to allow either.  Edit:  The dept of the Motherland must go too.

Lyman54's picture

Is the DHS over the NSA?

Ms No's picture

I think the DHS is incharge of information sharing after Obama did an executive order.  I'm not sure how superficial that is.  They thought people would trust the DHS because it sounds friendlier, but if we really wanted to know we should probably ask the banks because those guys are behind all of it. 

dot.dot's picture

Will be so happy when that obnoxiously arrogant, fancy-pants, high yellow house negro 'Jey" Johnson is GONE.  I can't stand to even look at that arrogant fuck.

I can stomach arrogant people if they have something to be arrogant about.  However, this crowd of affirmative-action dumbasses are simply buffoons who couldn't run a bubble gum machine in the private sector.  W/o affirmative-action these ass-wipes would be bussing table at Applebees.

Number 156's picture

What if the DHS was hacked, and they were actually an unwitting proxy for the attack on Georgia?
That would be too funny, and would grease Jeh's skids right out of the DHS.

chumbawamba's picture

Georgia is obviously wrong as it was definitely Putin who did this on his own from his Commodore 64.

I am Chumbawamba.

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

Jeh Johnson's DHS tried ten times to infiltrate Georgia's Elections Office?!?

I'm shocked! Shocked I tell you! I'm sure that Jeh's security forces are even now rounding up the usual suspects! /s

Seriously, what did you expect from a former Obama bundler with no LE experience?

auricle's picture

Leaving a trace is voluntary by US intelligence agencies. Georgia would have reported a breach to the FBI and or AG. Not sure if Lynch or Comey is in charge at this point. 

 

Four chan's picture

HOMELAND INSECURITY FOR HILLARY!

CuttingEdge's picture

DOWNSIZING FOR LANGLEY!

That isn't a request - I think it's a given after 20th Jan.

Nylsaar's picture

Got my Z64 and we blew it into orbit. -V. Putin

Rumored to be the Russian Federation's new National Anthiem.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKDe1wwGEBY

 

tricorn teacup's picture

If DHS were themselves hacked and used as a relay in other attacks, it grossly undermines that argument for Federal operation of State elections.  If DHS was the source of the attack it undermines any pretense that the Federal executive should be trusted to run the elections.  No way the DHS comes out of this looking good.

dot.dot's picture

I tend to think it was likely a lone wolf system admin trying out his new version of SAINT or some such scanning tool.

If you were seriously trying to get inside GA's election network you wouldn't go pounding on the front door from your own IP address.  Way too sloppy and incriminating.

 

My .02

CuttingEdge's picture

Like, for instance, running a private server?

Sloppy and incriminating are the hallmarks of ideologically driven fucktards at all levels of .gov, who collectively just don't get IT - its a very easy way to spot them, hey, Donna, Hillary, Paedosta ad nauseum?

yellowsub's picture

NSA is under the DoD.  

If there was real hacking down by Russia, Obama would have used that to launch a war instead of this proxy bullshit.

skirmish's picture

And here we have the smoking gun.... fake news will tell us that the Russians hacked DHS then tried to hack Georgia no doubt!

whatamaroon's picture

It's not in the MSM news so it didn't happen.

froze25's picture

The Russian mind control device strikes again. Making poor DHS people (probably CIA using DHS offices) commit high crimes against the Constitution and Federal law against their will. Shame on the Russians for making these people act against their country . 

Skiprrrdog's picture

I think that Georgia needs to declare war on the Department of HomoLand Insecurity...

Aging Skeptic's picture

For fans of  hacking stories so popular these days with the Left, there is a hacking story for you.  ACTUAL hacking.  And look who is doing it - DHS!  The irony is inescapably beautiful.

agNau's picture

IP address.
Private sector LARGE security company.
>
Some idiot with a retard name "Jeh".

"Homeland". NAZI

Sick of this shit.

agNau's picture

IP address.
Private sector LARGE security company.

Some idiot with a retard name "Jeh".

"Homeland". NAZI

Sick of this shit.

SgtShaftoe's picture

Easy, send the state patrol or the sheriff to arrest the cybersecurity regional DHS lead, hell just arrest everyone in the DHS office and sort them out later.  I'm pretty sure they're in ATL anyway.  Though I'd have to look it up.  Why the fuck don't the states start arresting these fucks? 

NeedtoSecede's picture

Exactly. Comment of the day. Well done Sgt!

Hamm Jamm's picture

it musta been the russians !!

errr.. or did they used that excuse too many times ?

 

 

SoDamnMad's picture

My son told the teacher the Russians stole his homework and she believed him and said she would notify authorities. Must be true then because kids all over America a regetting their homework stolen.

chunga's picture

Be bold Trump. Relocate the inauguration away from DC, move the capital down south and shut down the wHite hOuse. Turn it into a prison for the fradulent, corrupt beltway vermin. The swamp is too deep to drain. Just abandon it.

the grateful unemployed's picture

how about Moscow ? works for me

chunga's picture

I was thinking more like Tennessee, or Kentucky.

TheEndIsNear's picture

I nominate Moscow, Idaho.

There are lots of patriotic Americans who still cherish the US Constitution *as written* in Idaho, with lots of ARs, AKs, 50 caliber, scoped hunting rifles, tons of ammo, etc., and a new law as of last July that anyone and everyone without a felony criminal conviction can legally carry any type of firearm they like in public, either concealed or openly without needing any sort of government license or permit, and most do.

All day long during deer and elk hunting season, I hear rifle shots echoing off the mountains that surround the town and schools, and no one gives it a second thought because people have sense enough to know the hunters are shooting at deer and elk and are responsible enough to know not to shoot in a direction where people or schools are.

There are also no knife laws in Idaho. Any length or type of knife or cutting instrument such as my Samurai sword and sword cane, dirks, daggers, switchblades, etc., are perfectly legal to carry in Idaho, and *everyone* carries at least a long blade pocket knife.

I've never felt so safe or at "home" as I do in this little town nestled in the mountains of central Idaho. The only downside is that I'm probably the only atheist in the entire state of Idaho, haha.

P.S.
The other day a local charity was auctioning off an AR-15 which was on display right outside the local supermarket entrance, and no one thought anything of it.

tricorn teacup's picture

That comment has me wondering, what kind of listening devices will the DNC install in the White House before they get booted out?

Budnacho's picture

So, by this new information we can only conclude that the DHS is in fact, operated by Russia.....

Ms No's picture

Watch them blame Russia for this.  "Russia attempted repeated hacks on Georgia and made it trace back to DHS.  They are doing this to divide us." 

They always defer blame for what they are doing.

East Indian's picture

They should never have let the USSR go defunct; it would have been a more credible villain. 

thecondor's picture

Nice false flag attempt for the democraps so they could push the "russian" narative.  fucking fuck tards. was obummer behind this? did obama the flase flag president make this happen?

AgentScruffy's picture

Good grief! So the feds are shouting "Russia! Hacking!" while they themselves (it seems) were actually hacking. 

Skiprrrdog's picture

ATTN President Elect Trump, we the people respectfully request that you defund and disband:

--IRS
--ATF
--DEA
--DHS
--CIA
--NSA

Also please REPEAL the "Patriot Act" (also known as the ACA, or American Control Act)

We also expect a bottom up, top down, inside out RESTRUCTURING of the FBI

Pass a consumption tax to replace the IRS

Bring 100% of our fighting men and women HOME, and put them to work guarding our borders and shores. This is what they were supposed to be doing in the first place. No more MIC gone wild... those days are OVER.

Lastly, pass legislation so that EVERY TIME some criminal government thug performs civil asset forfeiture, they are instantly qualified for the death penalty.

 

Thank You,

The American People

BabaLooey's picture

Skip....

I've said this before...I believe Trump's playing possum.

January 21st.

ALL of your letter is spot on.

+1,000

the grateful unemployed's picture

what Trump disband his election committee? well i guess he won

Dr. Bonzo's picture

Unprotected gubmint network being run by a remote bot. If you've ever seen any gubmint systems you'd realize how hopelessly outdated and vulnerable most gubmint systems are.

Skiprrrdog's picture

I think up until five years ago they were still using Commodore 64's...

peddling-fiction's picture

Then they finally updated to Apple IIe's

Now the Alphabet Soup Agencies are another high-tech story.

dexter_morgan's picture

Isn't it amazing our CIA can say with near certainty Russia, and specifically Putin, hacked our election, but they can't figure something this simple out?

Atomizer's picture

Larry Lessig is a putter..imbecile

Meanwhile, us old folks who watched Inspector Morse can see thru your shit. You are a fucking imbecile to intelligence CIA/NSA bullshit.

S01E02 The Silent World Of Nicholas Quinn

 

bowie28's picture

Paper ballots & voter ID would solve most of these problems and save $billions in tech infrastructure and software costs.

What exactly is the benefit of these high-tech election systems aside from the ability of those who control them being able to manipulate the counts?

Ms No's picture

It seems like that happens with just about everything and yet people don't notice.  The second they start a new program to solve something it amps up ten fold.  Terrorism, war on drugs, help America vote act... it's been Orwellian for quite some time.  None of it's a coincidence either but somehow they convince people that it is "government incompetence" rather than obvious treachery and criminality.  After decades of this, here we are.

 

 

YHC-FTSE's picture

Homeland Security spokesman told the press this morning that a Mr.Vladimir V. Putin was employed by the department during the month of November as a temporary personal assistant to Mr.Johnson and may be involved in the hacking.

Records indicate he supplied the DHS with a false address, at "The Kremlin". It is unclear where this mysterious employee is located at the present, but the FBI are following all leads and has urged members of the public who have seen him to contact their NY office as Mr.Putin is required for urgent questioning. (I would not be in the least bit surprised if they actually do this on CNN)

MsCreant's picture

WHEN DOES SOMEONE GO TO BUTT FUCK STATE PRISON?