DHS Notifies 21 States Of Hacker Targeting; Election Officials Blame "Russian Government Cyber Actors"

It's Friday night and with stocks at record highs, Trump's approval ratings jumping to 4-month highs, and Mueller scraping the bottom of the barrel for anything to pin on anyone, the media has their red meat for the weekend now as DHS has notified 21 states Friday that their election systems were targeted before the 2016 election.

The government told The Associated Press last year that more than 20 states were targeted by hackers believed to be Russian agents before the 2016 elections. But for many states, the calls Friday from the Department of Homeland Security were the first official confirmation of whether their states were on the list.

DHS Spokesman Scott McConnell said in a written statement to The Hill...

"[R]ecognizing that state and local officials should be kept informed about cybersecurity risks to election infrastructure, we are working with them to refine our processes for sharing this information while protecting the integrity of investigations and the confidentiality of system owners."

"As part of our ongoing information sharing efforts, today DHS notified the Secretary of State or another chief election officer in each state of any potential targeting we were aware of in their state leading up to the 2016 election. We will continue to keep this information confidential and defer to each state whether it wishes to make it public or not.”

So the government did not release a list of what states were notified. However, as AP reports, after contacting every state election office on Friday...

While not all of them responded immediately, those that said they were targeted were Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

Federal officials said that in most of the 21 states, the targeting was preparatory activity such as scanning computer systems.

The targets included voter registration systems but not vote tallying software.

Officials said there were some attempts to compromise networks but most were unsuccessful.

The government did not say who was behind the hacking attempts or provide details about what had been sought.

But election officials in three states said Friday the attempts could be linked to Russia.

The Wisconsin Election Commission seem utterly convinced that the state's systems were targeted by "Russian government cyber actors."

Wisconsin Notified of Unsuccessful Russian Hacking Attempt

 

This afternoon, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security notified the Wisconsin Elections Commission for the first time that “Russian government cyber actors” unsuccessfully targeted the state’s voter registration system in 2016.

 

WEC Administrator Michael Haas has informed WEC Chair Mark Thomsen, who directed Commission staff to investigate why election officials were not notified earlier and report to the Commission at its meeting Tuesday.

 

“This scanning had no impact on Wisconsin’s systems or the election,” Haas said. “Internet security provided by the state successfully protected our systems.  Homeland Security specifically confirmed there was no breach or compromise of our data.”

 

Wisconsin is one of 21 states whose chief election officials were notified Friday by DHS officials that their systems were targeted by Russians, said Haas. DHS did not disclose which other states were notified, but said the states were free to disclose the information.

 

According to DHS, it appears that Internet-facing election infrastructure in Wisconsin was targeted by Russian government cyber actors. They scanned internet-connected election infrastructure likely seeking specific vulnerabilities such as access to voter registration databases, but the attempt to exploit vulnerabilities was unsuccessful.

 

Haas said the Commission is seeking more specific information, including when the scanning activity occurred in 2016.

 

The news that 21 states were targeted was first announced by DHS at a U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on June 21, 2017.  Coincidentally, Haas also testified at that hearing and said in response to questions that the Elections Commission had not been notified by DHS and concluded that Wisconsin was not one of the targeted states.

Which reads more like WI officials wanting to show off their security and pin the blame of Russians (when we know from what AP reported that no blame was asssigned, merely notification of targeting).

Colorado said the hacking wasn't quite a breach.

"It's really reconnaissance by a bad guy to try and figure out how we would break into your computer," said Trevor Timmons, a spokesman for the Colorado secretary of state's office.

 

"It's not an attack. I wouldn't call it a probe. It's not a breach, it's not a penetration."

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

Comments

Manthong knukles Fri, 09/22/2017 - 21:01 Permalink

  I have been out clubbing pretty often for the last couple of weeks and going home with different ladies. I seem to have a case of NSU now. One of those girls seem now to have been to be a damn Russian. I thought her accent was brogue and “Svetlana” was an Irish name. It had to have been her fault. 

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virgule Manthong Sat, 09/23/2017 - 01:59 Permalink

You have to applaud DHS. Obama came out during the election stating everything was ok and there was no hacking witnessed during that period, hence the vote results were valid. And DHS a year later come up with the conclusion that things were not so simple?They must have been running some really impressive complex algos to crunch data for a year and only now come up with such conclusions!

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Bigly GUS100CORRINA Fri, 09/22/2017 - 20:51 Permalink

We need to all go back to paper ballots, and vote on one day.  Two max. Make it a weekend if possible. Take 1-2 days to count. Get lots of oversight. Absentee ballots with a strict window/timeline and cross reference to vetterd voter rolls.Cull dead people. Insist on legit photo ID. BOLO VANS AND BUSES OFFLOADING TONS OF PEOPLE.

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Chupacabra-322 GUS100CORRINA Fri, 09/22/2017 - 21:50 Permalink

@ GUS,

NO question they were targeted. You know by who?

D. ept.

of

H. uman.

S. acrifice.

That's who.

Brian Kemp sent a letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson asking for an explanation of this attempted breach into their networks.
Cyber Scoop reported:

Georgia’s secretary of state has claimed the Department of Homeland Security tried to breach his office’s firewall and has issued a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson asking for an explanation.

Brian Kemp issued a letter to Johnson on Thursday after the state’s third-party cybersecurity provider detected an IP address from the agency’s Southwest D.C. office trying to penetrate the state’s firewall. According to the letter, the attempt was unsuccessful.

The attempt took place on Nov. 15, a few days after the presidential election. The office of the Georgia Secretary of State is responsible for overseeing the state’s elections.

“At no time has my office agreed to or permitted DHS to conduct penetration testing or security scans of our network,” Kemp wrote in the letter, which was also sent to the state’s federal representatives and senators. “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. This is especially odd and concerning since I serve on the Election Cyber Security Working Group that your office created.”

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2016/12/wth-georgias-secretary-state-ob…

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Ajax-1 blue51 Fri, 09/22/2017 - 19:52 Permalink

I don't see a problem. The Democrats keep telling us that no one is illegal. Therefore, Russian's have every bit as much right to vote in our elections as to Mexican's. Why are Democrats trying to disenfranchise honest hard working Russians from voting?

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Scanderbeg Bay of Pigs Fri, 09/22/2017 - 19:38 Permalink

More bullshit. The DNC won't allow any independent analysis of their servers and we know from Vault 7 the CIA can manipulate a hacks supposed origin anyway.More importantly the forensic data shows the amount of data leaked couldn't possibly have been transferred even at the highest network speeds in the amount of time they are claiming the server was compromised.The DNC leaks are most likely internal and Rich is probably the leaker.The MSM and deep state drop these kinds of stories at strategic times to run cover on their illegal spying or undermine Trump. Just more red meat for the red scaring retards.

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HalinCA SilverRhino Sat, 09/23/2017 - 08:54 Permalink

Voting machines I've used in MI and CA aren't.

But in WA there do seem to be ways for people to vote directly from the internet.

What amuses me is how easily people fall for headlines.

And anyone can run a portscan from a Tor client whose exit IP address is in Russia or China or anywhere there is a active Tor relay point.

We need a open letter from a group of white hats explaining just how childish all these DHS cyber-doom stories are.

Too bad no one has the balls to take on the deep state nazguls anymore.

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pfwed SilverRhino Sat, 09/23/2017 - 18:32 Permalink

Above my pay grade but Bev Harris of blackboxvoting.org has this video of 'how it's done' or can be. It's some brand new trick last year some tech stumbled on and contacted her about. She was on Infowars prior to elections talking about it for a couple hours. Something about not needing access at all to local machines but doing the job on some central collating system?http://blackboxvoting.org/fraction-magic-video/Also remember Jones reporting how there were 'many' states like the one mentioned above that were reporting system irregularities right after(?) the elections they were claiming were **DHS** initiated which (surprise) DHS had not contacted them about at all.

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Chupacabra-322 Max Cynical Fri, 09/22/2017 - 21:57 Permalink

Brian Kemp sent a letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson asking for an explanation of this attempted breach into their networks.
Cyber Scoop reported:

Georgia’s secretary of state has claimed the Department of Homeland Security tried to breach his office’s firewall and has issued a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson asking for an explanation.

Brian Kemp issued a letter to Johnson on Thursday after the state’s third-party cybersecurity provider detected an IP address from the agency’s Southwest D.C. office trying to penetrate the state’s firewall. According to the letter, the attempt was unsuccessful.

The attempt took place on Nov. 15, a few days after the presidential election. The office of the Georgia Secretary of State is responsible for overseeing the state’s elections.

“At no time has my office agreed to or permitted DHS to conduct penetration testing or security scans of our network,” Kemp wrote in the letter, which was also sent to the state’s federal representatives and senators. “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. This is especially odd and concerning since I serve on the Election Cyber Security Working Group that your office created.”

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2016/12/wth-georgias-secretary-state-ob…

The above was nothing more than a BETA Test, fact finding mission & failed "Spoofing" attempt by the Deep State & Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths at the CIA & DHS.

They're setting the table for the next election.

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CompassionateC… NoWayJose Fri, 09/22/2017 - 18:58 Permalink

There isn't any proof of that because there is no proof.  The fact is that they hacked the election in support of tRump.  You sick people who are opposed to things like globalism, gun control, banning hate speech, the TPP, and mass immigration are in such a small minority that election hacking is the ONLY possible way you could win.  You're all a bunch of criminals and shysters!

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Deep In Vocal … Fri, 09/22/2017 - 18:50 Permalink

DHS taking good care of you now american... Created after 9/11 to protect you.....dont worry american everything will be ok the DHS will protect you from the scary monsters under the bed......

CompassionateC… Fri, 09/22/2017 - 18:54 Permalink

The Wisconsin officials are correct as is CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, etc. when they say it's the Russians.  I know it's a very unpopular opinion to have here but it's the truth.  You people here are just so anti-semitic that you say the main stream media are liars because the MSM is totally owned by Jews.  The fact is that you people lost in 1945 and your loyalty to the US ranges from questionable to outright treason.  Your free speech ends when the defamation of truthful and honest outlets like CNN begins and I will also have you know that it ends when you utter hate speech like the kind that was solely responsible for the absolutely horrific violence in Charlottesville.  Why don't you throw away your Nazi flags and your Mein Kampf and join the rest of us sane and normal Americans for a change?

land_of_the_few CompassionateC… Sat, 09/23/2017 - 04:18 Permalink

You and your coleagues still wasting taxpayer money on highly illegal fake hatespeech astroturfing? Did you tell your parents that's what your "career" is?Anti-semitic posting on the taxpayer dime, hang your heads in shame.What if you riled up some actual neonazis so much with your fake anti-semitic posting that they come after you, or some innocent bystanders, one fine day by mistake? Never think, do you.There is a whole real world out there, it's not like you, and you are gloriously ignorant about it. 

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