DHS Notifies 21 States of Russian Hacking for the First Time


The Department of Homeland Security told DE and 20 other states they were hit by attempts to access voter data.

But the hackers who tried to mess with Texas didn't get far, officials with the Texas Secretary of State's office said Monday.

"We have had discussions with them", he said.

Manlove said hackers may have wanted to change voter information.

The Department of Homeland Security has reached out to elections officials in OH and 20 other states, which have confirmed they were targeted by hackers during the 2016 election.

A department official told Congress in June that states were targeted, but declined to disclose which ones. Russian hackers also gained access to the password and other credentials of a county elections worker in Arizona.

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Even though 21 states were targeted, that doesn't mean that the actors made it inside the states' election systems.

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, of Virginia, the top Democrat on a committee that's investigating Russian meddling in last year's election, has been pushing the department for months to reveal the identities of the targeted states. A declassified report from national intelligence officials released in January stated that "Russian intelligence obtained and maintained access to elements of multiple US state or local electoral boards".

He said the state's system previously identified scanning IP addresses and blocked them. "We take our responsibility to guard against any and all threats to the integrity of elections extremely seriously and will continue to do so moving forward". The May report said hackers sent phishing emails to 122 local election officials just before the November 2016 election in an attempt to break into their systems.

"DHS' internet security contractors considered it to be a non-event and did not report it to OH officials at the time", the office said, emphasizing: "Bottom line - Ohio's elections system was not compromised". But Ohio's chief elections official said he thinks the story isn't as shocking as it may seem.

Only one, the state of IL, was deemed as having been "breached", according to a Washington Post analysis that pointed to the previously revealed exposure of personal information belonging to "tens of thousands of voters". "Our voter registration and our website were not compromised in any way".

But on September 22, DHS made it official, contacting election officials in those states to more formally notify them of having been targeted.

Magney says the commission is unaware of anyone reporting that their registration information had been altered or deleted against their will.