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Wisconsin elections system targeted by Russian hackers

23 September 2017

Minnesota and Wisconsin were among 21 states with an election system targeted by Russian hackers in last year's elections, authorities announced Friday. Most of the hacks were not successful, though it's not clear which states got fucked. The Associated Press reports that in most cases, the systems were not breached. The Department of Homeland Security called Wyman personally to tell her of the activity, he said.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Friday informed state Secretary of State Kim Wyman of the attempt, according to a news release by Wyman's office.

Over the summer, DHS told Congress that 21 states' elections systems were targeted by hackers linked to the Russian government.

"Our IT system has a firewall and when the scan came through, it recognized what was happening and stopped it from entering the system", he said.

Federal investigators and a Senate committee are looking into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

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Wisconsin Elections Commission Chairman Mark Thomsen directed staff to investigate why state election officials were not notified sooner.

Wisconsin election officials have repeatedly said there were no indications that state elections were tampered with a year ago. The state has voted for the Democratic presidential candidate in seven consecutive presidential elections.

Meanwhile, the state is moving ahead with implementing a new election security plan by early 2018. One local security breach where a key password is divulged could cause problems statewide, Haas said.

"We are very confident in the security of our elections systems here in ME, and pleased to finally have confirmation that we were not among the 21 states that were targeted in 2016", Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said in a statement.

The election for U.S. Senate and governor tops the November 2018 ballot in Wisconsin, but there are dozens of other local races to be decided. There is also a spring election in April where an open seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court will be filled.

Wisconsin elections system targeted by Russian hackers