Wisconsin, 20 other USA states targeted by Russian hackers in 2016 election

23 September, 2017, 01:24 | Author: Alicia Barber
  • Washington. The FBI is warning state officials to boost their election security in light of evidence that hackers breached the election systems of a pair of states. The Aug. 18 2016

Trevor Timmons, chief information officer for the Colorado Secretary of State's Office, says information that a Department of Homeland Security agent passed along Friday didn't explicitly mention Russian Federation but that it otherwise mirrored a warning federal officials gave Congress over the summer that did.

CT officials were notified by the federal government on Friday that the state's online voter registration system was targeted during last year's presidential campaign in hacking efforts by Russian Federation.

"They did not exploit any vulnerabilities", he told The Associated Press.

Washington state was not hit in that effort, which involved a private corporation that provided election services for some states, the Secretary of State's Office has said.

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Both items were to be discussed at an Elections Commission meeting earlier this week. Haas testified at that hearing that Wisconsin had not been notified of any hacking attempt by Homeland Security and concluded that Wisconsin was not a target.

Wisconsin Elections Commission assistant administrator Meagan McCord Wolfe says the state is creating the security planning team to prepare for 2018 and in response to the ongoing national conversation about election security. The president calls the story a hoax.

Washington state uses the updated software and "best practices and security measures" to try to ensure honest elections, she said.

The election for U.S. Senate and governor tops the November 2018 ballot in Wisconsin, but there are dozens of other local races to be decided. Republican Gov. Scott Walker is expected to seek a third term and Democratic U.S. Sen. There is also a spring election in April where an open seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court will be filled.



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