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|By Martin Barillas||December 17th 2016|
According to WSB-TV Atlanta, three state election agencies are confirming that their systems were subjected to cyber attacks linked to Department of Homeland Security IP addresses. The report says that Georgia, Kentucky, and West Virginia have reported attacks. Aaron Diamant of WSB-TV posted on Twitter, “Documents we just got show WV & KY elections agencies link suspected cyber atracks [sic] to same DHS IP address as GA incident.”
In an interview with Diamant, the Secretary of State of Georgia, Brian Kemp, said that his agency has endured cyber attacks since February. All of the intrusions have been traced back to internet provider addresses for the federal Department of Homeland Security. "We're being told something that they think they have it figured out, yet nobody's really showed us how this happened,” Kemp said. "We need to know." Kemp has informed President-elect Donald Trump of the developments and has demanded an investigation.
One of the most salient issues about the possible hacks is the timing. For example, the first happened on February 2, which was the day the voter registration deadline in Georgia. The next happened two days before the SEC “Super Tuesday” primary. Yet another attack took place in May, on the day before the general primary. Two more attacks occurred on the day of, and the day after the presidential election. "It makes you wonder if somebody was trying to prove a point," Kemp said. He confirmed that the network firewall for the system, and the data, was not breached.
Kemp has queried the DHS but has not been satisfied. So far, Kemp said that the explanations coming out of the Obama administration continue to change. "First, it was an employee in Corpus Christi, and now, it's a contractor in Georgia," Kemp told WSB-TV.