ME election system not targeted by Russian hackers

Washington. The FBI is warning state officials to boost their election security in light of evidence that hackers breached the election systems of a pair of states. The Aug. 18 2016

Russians tried to hack Washington state's elections. LOL fail.

Elections officials say Russian hackers targeting election systems across the United States previous year skipped North Carolina with their cyberattacks. Ohio, like most other states, had not known until notified Friday by the Department of Homeland Security.

Wisconsin was one of 21 states notified Friday of the attempted hacking.

The news agency reports Haas saying that the Russian government "scanned internet-connected election infrastructure likely seeking specific vulnerabilities such as access to voter registration databases, but the attempt to exploit vulnerabilities was unsuccessful".

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Secretary of State Kim Wyman of Washington state issued a statement on "security protocols" which had alerted her team to "these attempted intrusions by Russian IP addresses throughout the course of the 2016 election". "Scanning from outside entities is commonplace and happens every day, which is why I continue to believe the most serious challenge to the integrity of our election system is the threat of outside forces, including foreign governments, who seek to disrupt and undermine our elections". DHS confirmed to my office that there was no breach and no attempt to breach Minnesota's election system.

"According to Homeland Security, we were not attacked, probed, breached, infiltrated or penetrated", Secretary of State Wayne Williams said. The move comes as federal investigators, and the Senate Judiciary Committee, investigate Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump, a Republican who defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in the presidential election, has called the Russian Federation story a hoax.

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