It’s not just Georgia any more, the DHS is now accused of hacking Idaho and Indiana around Election time as well. And a reminder for the liberal (snow)flakes, that was during the Obama administration, the DHS under Jeh Johnson.
The DHS blamed it on one employee, as reported by The Hill:
Based on the data provided by Kemp, the DHS was able to identify why the alarm was triggered, it said: The center employee cut and pasted data from the website into Microsoft Excel. Excel sent out what’s known as an HTTP option command, a request for server information.
DHS officials said Microsoft verified its conclusions.
Sure. We might believe that except that now there are more allegations that the DHS was messing around in other state’s election systems without permission. Secretary of State in Georgia, Brian Kemp, eventually sent a letter to President Trump asking for an investigation, because he didn’t buy that explanation.
You can read that here:
Idaho systems were scanned by an IP address coming back to the Department of Homeland Security as well. Idaho did not give them permission to scan.
The Idaho Statesman reported,
The Idaho Secretary of State believes a federal agency may have tried to hack the state’s election website around the date of the presidential election without notifying Idaho officials in advance.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s IP address showed up as trying to access the state elections site around Nov. 8, Secretary of State Lawerence Denney said Monday.
Vice President Mike Pence was Governor of Indiana during the campaign. The agency scanned Indiana’s systems numerous times without permission…looking for what?
Computer World reported,
The state’s IT team claimed that a DHS IP address repeatedly scanned Indiana’s system. The attempted hacks occurred tens of thousands of times over a period of 46 days, beginning while Vice President Mike Pence was still the governor of Indiana.
“We know that between November 1 and December 16, we were scanned with about 14,800 scans, nearly 15,000 different times,” DHS Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson told The Daily Caller.
Like Georgia, Indiana did not give DHS permission to scan.
Therefore the “one employee’s fault” excuse does not hold water. If it was just a one time thing, maybe we could buy it, but it’s not. The volume of scans is too high for it to be just an “oops” moment.
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