There's now an important notice from the United States Federal Government going out to a total of 21 states about election hacking the Government says happened in each of those states.
The United States Department of Homeland Security is now saying they can confirm that the hacking was done by what state election officials have been calling “Russian Agents”, although the Federal Government will not confirm the identity of those responsible; and that the hackers targeted the systems of those 21 states prior to the 2016 elections.
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin were all targeted according to the DHS.
The new allegations seemingly imply that the Special Counsel of Robert Mueller is using this information to continue his supposed investigation into the Trump Campaign during the elections where the liberal media continues to suggest there was some sort of imaginary collusion with Russia.
Being targeted by foreign governments, according to the DHS, does not mean that any sensitive voter data or elections offices were compromised in any way.
A metaphor for comparison would be if a car thief scoped out your vehicle while you were sleeping inspecting each and every door including the trunk to see if there was a way to gain access, it doesn't necessarily mean that the car was entered or even stolen.
The new report however is a confirmation to the states who may have been unaware they were targeted by the alleged Russian hackers, and at minimum should serve as a top tier reminder as to why they should beef up their security around their networks and data centers.
“It is completely unacceptable that it has taken DHS over a year to inform our office of Russian scanning of our systems, despite our repeated requests for information,” California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, a Democrat, said in a statement. “The practice of withholding critical information from elections officials is a detriment to the security of our elections and our democracy.”
The invasive rhetoric also came from U.S. Senator Mark Warner, of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee who's been long since suggesting Russians were meddling in last year’s election, has been pushing the Department for months to reveal the identities of the targeted states.
Warner has said states need such information in real time so they can strengthen their cyber defenses. “We have to do better in the future,” he said.
It's important to note that Warner has also been one of the lead Democrats pushing the narrative that <a href="http://thegoldwater.com/news/8469-Since-Mark-Zuckerberg-Sold-Ads-to-Russia-to-Influence-US-Election-Doesn-t-That-Make-Him-A-Criminal">Facebook sold ads to Russians,</a> which if true should result in Mark Zuckerberg being charged as a criminal.
Homeland Security said it does indeed recognize that state and local officials should be kept informed about the new cybersecurity risks to election infrastructure in their respective states.
“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,” it said in a statement.
Federal officials also said that in most of the 21 states which were affected by the alleged targeting the criminal actions were “preparatory activity such as scanning computer systems.”
The targets included the voter registration systems used by each state, allegedly, but not the actual vote tallying software which determines the outcome.
Officials also said there were some attempts to compromise those networks used for final results but that most were unsuccessful.
Let's discuss that, where the DHS says <i>”most were unsuccessful”</i> seems like a flawed answer which will give the losing Democrats ammunition to imply that some may have been indeed successful.
Huge failure to clarify on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security. Only Illinois has publicly reported that hackers had succeeded in breaching its voter systems.
Other states repeatedly have said their cybersecurity efforts turned back efforts to get to crucial information on behalf of hackers who would have tried.
“There are constant attempts by bad actors to hack our systems,” Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate, a Republican, said in a statement. “But we continue to deflect those attempts.”
Colorado said the hacking wasn’t quite a breach in it's state operated networks.
“It’s really reconnaissance by a bad guy to try and figure out how we would break into your computer,” said Trevor Timmons, a spokesman for the Colorado secretary of state’s office. “It’s not an attack. I wouldn’t call it a probe. It’s not a breach, it’s not a penetration.”
In early 2017 however, a popular leaked National Security Agency report detailed that foreign hackers had obtained information from a company that provided custom software to manage voter registrations in eight states.
That report said that hackers sent phishing emails to 122 local election officials just before the November 2016 election in an attempt to break into their systems and compromise data.
The latest disclosure to the states comes as a special counsel investigates whether there was any coordination during the 2016 presidential campaign between Russia and associates of Donald Trump.
President Trump has continue to call the Russia story a hoax, and the majority of Trump supporters agree it's just an excuse.
When President Trump spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin, he“vehemently denied” the claims of the Democrats and their attempts to de-legitimize his Presidency.
For the states that were told they were not targets in the new report the news brought relief and reinforced their employees who have vigorously fought to ensure their systems are secure.
“This is one time we like being at the bottom of the list,” said Lisa Strimple, a spokeswoman for Nebraska’s secretary of state.
A multitude of possibilities are sure to come from this report next week, and Democrats are sure to spin this wherever they can to backup their failed narratives thus far.
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