Well well well. Look what we have here.
According to an exclusive report from the Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group , Obama’s DHS attempted to hack Indiana’s state electoral system last year. There were around 14,800 “hits” between Nov. 1 and Dec. 16, 2016.
The attacks are the second confirmed IT scanning assault by DHS officials against states that resisted then-President Barack Obama’s attempt to increase federal involvement in state and local election systems by designating them as “critical infrastructure” for national security.
Why Indiana? Indiana’s Secretary of State Connie Lawson believes it’s due to the fact that they declined federal “assistance” monitoring their election.
Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson, the incoming president of the association, told TheDCNF Tuesday that, “we know that between November 1 and December 16 we were scanned with about 14,800 scans, nearly 15,000 different times.”
The state’s IT team traced the intruder to a DHS computer’s IP address. The same DHS unit attempted 10 times in 2016 to hack into the Georgia electoral system.
Lawson said despite the scale of the scans, the DHS efforts to attack its election system was unsuccessful. “Our voter registration system was not penetrated.”
She said there was “one slight penetration on an (election) website that was actually old and out of date, so it didn’t go anywhere.”
Another possible factor? Former governor of Indiana Mike Pence was Donald Trump’s VP-elect. ‘Nuff said.
Indiana officials have not yet asked the DHS IG to look at their state’s situation. “We’re taking the matter under consideration,” Lawson said, adding that “we have sent letters to our congressional folks, our governor, and others to make them aware this happened. I’m very concerned, very concerned.”
A DHS spokesman told TheDCNF that, “we take the trust of our partners in the public and private sectors seriously and will work with them to address any concerns. DHS does not conduct scans of networks or systems without the cooperation and consent of the system owner.”
This isn’t the first time this has happened. The DHS tried to hack the Georgia electoral system as well. That’s currently under investigation.