State of Georgia hacked by Homeland Security

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And here they are looking to blame the Russians hacking America, when it was their own kind.

The state of Georgia is accusing the Department of Homeland Security of trying to hack its voter registration database, reports The Wall Street Journal.

The Journal says it has seen a copy of a letter to DHS making those allegations, wherein Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp writes  "At no time has my office agreed to or permitted DHS to conduct penetration testing or security scans of our network. Moreover, your department has not contacted my office since this unsuccessful incident to alert us of any security event that would require testing or scanning of our network."

The alleged attempted hack took place on November 15 - a full week after the election. The letter apparently matched the internet address of a computer attempting to breach the state's systems to one operated by DHS.

Kemp is a vocal opponent of a suggestion floated by some lawmakers that DHS declare elections critical infrastructure, which would give the federal agency some control over the state-based election systems. The idea was born of fears that Russia intended to hack the presidential election. DHS has said they had no current intentions to pursue that strategy.

Kemp notably turned down voluntary assistance from Homeland Security to shore up election systems that many other states took advantage of. He is the co-chair of the National Association of Secretaries of State's elections committee and sits on Homeland Security's Election Infrastructure Cybersecurity Working Group.
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