ME election system not targeted by Russian hackers

Posted September 23, 2017

Gabe Rosenberg, a spokesman from the Secretary of the State's office, said the U.S. Department of Homeland Security informed the office that the online system was scanned by agents of the Russian government between July and September of 2016, but it was not breached.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security confirmed Friday that the state of Maine's election systems were not targeted as part of a string of cyberintrusion attempts during the 2016 general election.

Officials say 21 states were targeted by Russian hackers before the November elections. They said that the Russians scanned the state's internet-connected election infrastructure, likely seeking specific vulnerabilities such as access to voter registration databases. Haas testified at that hearing that Wisconsin had not been notified of any hacking attempt by Homeland Security and concluded that Wisconsin was not a target.

Wisconsin elections officials have created a security team and are putting together a formal security plan amid concerns about Russia's meddling in the USA election past year and evolving cyber-security risks. For the few voters who use a touch-screen system, the office says a paper audit trail verified by the voter is required.

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Also, amid concerns of Russian meddling in last fall's presidential election, the Wisconsin Elections Commission has created a security team and is assembling a formal security plan, with the goal of preventing security breaches.

A draft is expected to be done in December with a final plan to be done in early 2018.

The challenges are particularly acute in Wisconsin, he said, where elections are not centrally run but instead handled locally by 1,853 municipal clerks.

The secretary of state's office alerted the FBI and Wyman said her office continues to work with federal officials. Tammy Baldwin is running for re-election.