Russians targeted Pennsylvania election system, state told

Laura Christensen
September 23, 2017

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.

Early this summer, DHS officials announced that 21 states' elections systems were targeted during the election, but did it not name the states.

Homeland Security told Congress in June that 21 states were targeted during the 2016 presidential race, and that while a small number were breached, there was no evidence any votes were manipulated.

Haas said the commission is seeking more specific information, including when the scanning activity occurred in 2016.

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The only aspect of Maine's election system that is accessible via the internet is the Central Voter Registration database, and it is protected by user passwords, a firewall and regular monitoring by in-house cybersecurity staff, the department said.

Ebel on Friday said he wasn't aware that the Secretary of State's Office had been communicating with federal agencies about suspected Russian hacker IP addresses.

Wisconsin elections officials are putting together a formal security plan in advance of next fall's election.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission could soon decide whether it will respond to a series of election policy questions posed by President Trump's task force that is investigating voter fraud. There is also a spring election in April where an open seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court will be filled.

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