Government Politics

Department of Homeland Security Under Obama Scanned Five States’ Election Systems in 2016

The Grind:
Hundreds of pages of records obtained from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through a Freedom of Information Act request reveals that the Obama administration attempted “to penetrate the Georgia Secretary of State’s firewall.” This is according to then-Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, now governor.

DHS then scanned the election systems of five US states in 2016, Judicial Watch has uncovered. According to the documents, the Obama administration’s election systems scanning affected Alaska, Georgia, Kentucky, Oregon, and West Virginia.

The Details:
Kemp accused the DHS under Obama of attempting to illicitly scan his site on Feb. 2, Feb. 28, May 23, and Nov. 15, 2016.

According to minutes obtained by the FOIA request, “Microsoft and the ESOC [Enterprise Security Operations Center] with the assistance of FLETC [Federal Law Enforcement Training Center], were able to confirm that the user non-maliciously copied and pasted elements of the website to an excel document, which triggered the HTTP ‘OPTIONS’ request.”

A Microsoft email statement regarding the event claimed that “[after] looking at the data I do not see requests that look malicious in nature or appear to be attempting to exploit a vulnerability.” Read more…

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