Russian hackers targeted ND's elections systems

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 25, 2017

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has reached out to elections officials in OH and 20 other states, which have confirmed they were targeted by hackers during the 2016 election.

DHS officially contacted election officials in each state and six territories on Friday to "fill them in on what information the agency has about election hacking attempts in their state previous year", according to NPR. 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". Husted calls the situation exaggerated. He said the state's system previously identified scanning IP addresses and blocked them. "It was an attempt that lasted less than a second", Husted said.

"I don't believe that anything in 2016 happened that deserves the attention that this story is getting", Husted said.

Husted says the only access point a hacker might find is to the statewide voter database, but that's backed up daily.

In June, DHS Acting Deputy Undersecretary for Cybersecurity and Communications Jeanette Manfra told a US Senate Intelligence Committee that "internet-connected election-related networks, including websites, in 21 states were potentially targeted by Russian government cyber actors", but didn't disclose which states were impacted.

The targeted states were Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

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