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Texas says DHS wrong, hacker didn't target state

30 September 2017

Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security identified the source of suspect activity that occurred on our network last summer.

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security announced that Wisconsin was one of 21 states that Russian Federation attempted to hack during the 2016 election.

DHS officials believe Wisconsin was targeted based on a variety of sources, including intelligence information that can not be disclosed publicly.

"Hacker can't access the City of Richmond's machines through the internet because there is no wireless connection on the voting machines", she said. The DHS is now claiming that these hackers targeted the California Department of Technology and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. When asked about the latest statement from the DHS, Wisconsin Elections Commission spokesman Reid Magney said the agency was reviewing it, and offered no further comment.

In the majority of the 21 states, DHS has said it only observed hackers scanning networks in preparation for breaking into the networks, not actual penetrations.

Texas officials say the Department of Homeland Security was wrong when it told them their elections systems had been targeted by "Russian government cyber actors" during the 2016 presidential campaign. IL admitted hackers had breached its voter system. But officials told the AP the hackers were believed to be Russian agents.

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In most cases, the states had not known until notified by DHS Friday.

Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.), vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, also found it to be "unacceptable that it took nearly a year after the election to notify states that their elections systems were targeted". "I remain committed to a partnership with DHS and other intelligence agencies, however, elections officials and the American public expect and deserve timely and accurate information". "States were given the opportunity to have DHS experts come in and help them. And all states must fortify election systems". "The fact that state systems effectively thwarted these hacking attempts is a positive outcome".

In 2016, Russian government cyber actors unsuccessfully targeted Wisconsin's voter registration system.

Instead, DHS issued denials about running any "cyber hygiene scan prior to the election" without first obtaining permission. DHS has said that most systems weren't breached, and there was no evidence that vote tallies or registration databases were altered.

DHS spokesman Scott McConnell said notifications to 21 states were "based on a variety of sources, including scanning detected from malicious IP addresses and intelligence information that can not be publicly disclosed".

Texas says DHS wrong, hacker didn't target state