Wisconsin elections targeted by Russian hackers

Pauline Gross
September 23, 2017

Russian hackers tried unsuccessfully to access Washington state's election systems before the 2016 general election, according to the state Secretary of State's Office.

The news that states were targeted by Russian Federation was first announced by Homeland Security at a U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on June 21.

The only aspect of Maine's election system that is accessible via the internet is the Central Voter Registration database, and it is protected by user passwords, a firewall and regular monitoring by in-house cybersecurity staff, the department said. It happens hundreds if not thousands of times per day. "I will continue to advocate for immediate notification from DHS in the event of any future attempts on our election systems, so we can respond appropriately to threats as they arise".

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That comes as election officials in 21 states were told by the federal agency that hackers targeted their systems past year, although most were not breached. In most cases, they had not known until notified Friday by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

President Donald Trump on Friday called allegations of Russian election meddling a "hoax", and insisted the media was the "greatest influence" on the 2016 campaign. That commission has requested information on voters from every state, including Wisconsin, and posed a series of questions about the security of elections in the state.

A Bloomberg News story in June reported that during the 2016 elections, hackers hit voting systems or databases in 39 states.

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