Report: Alaska among states compromised before 2016 election
Intelligence requested by President Obama in his final weeks in office shows seven states that analysts believed were compromised prior to the 2016 election-- including Alaska-- according to NBC News.
As of January 2017, three senior intelligence officials told NBC News that those states were Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Texas and Wisconsin.
The intelligence community developed "substantial evidence that state websites or voter registration systems" in those states were compromised by "Russian-backed covert operatives".
One official said the states were compromised in varying ways, including entry into state websites and access to voter registration databases.
In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, Senator Bill Wielechowski (D-Anchorage) said in a statement:
"The Alaska Division of Elections previously stated on September 22, 2017 that these attacks were "unsuccessful." Alaskans have a right to know exactly what occurred, if there were illegal entrances into our system during the election process, and to what extent it may have tainted Alaska's election or Alaskans' data.
"It is also imperative that we look at measures now to prevent future intrusions into our electoral system. We must uphold the integrity of our elections, especially with one right around the corner. I urge the Senate Majority to schedule hearings to investigate this in more detail to have the information put on the record and begin talks about ensuring our future elections are absolutely secure."
Meanwhile, the Alaska Division of Elections Director, Josie Bahnke, reconfirmed that the hackers were unsuccessful.
Bahnke released a statement Tuesday afternoon following the NBC News report. It says, in part:
“Many businesses and governments have had threat actors scan systems, which is like a robber rattling the door knob or trying to peek in the windows. But scanning a system, versus breaking and entering, are two very different scenarios. We have extensive procedures to secure our information, with multiple layers of security which include a combination of people, processes and technologies to help us conduct secure, trustworthy and accurate elections.
“We will continue to work collaboratively with the National Association of Secretaries of State and DHS on cyber security issues.”
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