Three American States Source Cyberattack Attempts of Election Agencies to Department of Homeland Security
State election agencies that were under cyberattack have confirmed and have traced attacks back to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Three states so far have confirmed DHS cyberattacts including, West Virginia and Kentucky who now join Georgia in pursuit for truth.
“We need somebody to dig down into this story and figure out exactly what happened,” said Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp.
In the past week, the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office has confirmed 10 separate cyberattacks on its network over the past 10 months that were traced back to DHS addresses, WSBTV reported.
— Aaron Diamant (@AaronDiamantWSB) December 15, 2016
DHS responded to the accusations claiming that “the traffic traced back to a federal contractor cutting and pasting data from the Secretary of State’s website into a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. DHS officials said the contractor was conducting normal license checks on job candidates.”
No one quite knows why these behaviors would raise alarm with the current cybersecurity vendor.
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