States Did A Great Job Rebuffing 2016 Election Hack Attempts

States Did A Great Job Rebuffing 2016 Election Hack Attempts

Wisconsin and Washington state officials say Homeland Security reported Russian hackers unsuccessfully tried to access election systems in their states. DE was among those that were notified, according to news reports.

Reuters outrageously concluded that the affected states were those "Russian government hackers targeted in an effort to sway the 2016 presidential election in favor of Donald Trump though no votes were changed".

However, election systems in only a handful of states, including IL, were actually breached.

Gardner and The AP said being targeted does not mean that sensitive voter data was manipulated or results were changed. "A hacker targeting a system without getting inside is similar to a burglar circling a house checking for unlocked doors and windows".

Federal officials said the targeting in most of the 21 states was just preliminary activity, such as voter registration systems.

Several mainstream media outlets reported Friday that the US government recently confirmed that Russian government "cyber actors" attempted to hack the 2016 election results or "election systems". "We recognize that it is important for senior state election officials to know what happens on their state systems". "Finally finding out this information from DHS allows the chief elections officials to move forward on this matter".

"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", the department said in a statement obtained by The Associated Press.

Senator Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat who co-chairs the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus, said Friday in a statement it is "unacceptable that it took nearly a year after the election to notify states that their elections systems were targeted". And Alaska Elections Division Director Josie Bahnke said computers in Russian Federation were scanning the state's election systems searching for vulnerabilities. Russian Federation has denied election meddling, and President Trump has denied any collusion with Russian Federation.

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said Friday that hackers had scanned state election systems but not breached the system. Some states had complained in June they had no idea if Russians had attempted to infiltrate their systems.

Trump, a Republican who defeated Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the November 8 vote, has called the Russian Federation story a "hoax".