Georgia Finds 9 More DHS Attempts To Hack State Election System
Georgia is asking Donald Trump to investigate the DHS after discovering 9 more attempts to hack the state’s election system.
As the corporate media continues to claim that Russia hacked the U.S. election system to help Donald Trump win the election, despite no proof and several agencies disavowing the claims, the only state reporting any hacking attempts is the state of Georgia.
Earlier today they revealed that the Department of Homeland Security has attempted to hack their election system 10 different times since February 2nd of this year.
Georgia first revealed on December 8th the state discovered an attempt to hack it’s election system that originated from an IP address that was tracked to the United States Department of Homeland Security, making the revelations known in a publicly released letter the state sent to the agency demanding an explanation for the cyber attacks.
In the letter Georgia’s Secretary of State demanded that the DHS investigate the hacking activities noting the state explicitly told the agencies it did not want to participate in any vulnerability testing programs and that the agency’s attempt to hack the state’s system was done in violation of federal law.
Here’s a local news report following the discovery of the first hacking attempt.
After investigating the matter the Department of Homeland Security announced the attempt to infiltrate the Georgia’s election was a one-off committed by a rogue agent. as suggested in the initial local media reports.
The results of their investigation are now called into question as Georgia’s Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced earlier today the state has uncovered nine more attempts to hack the state’s election system which have also been traced to back to the Department the Homeland Security.
In making the announcement the state announced it is calling on Donald Trump to investigate the matter.
As a reminder NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden warned the public on October 31st that the NSA controls servers all over the world and they can easily frame China or Russia for such attacks.
Given the National Security Agency is under the Department of Homeland Security and claims to attribute Russia hack attempts to Russian IP addresses are now suspect at a minimum.
The revelations came in a Shadow Brokers data dump which showed the NSA has exploit servers all over the world.
The screen shot above from the Shadow Brokers data dump shows the host names of NSA controlled exploit servers.
The suffixes of some of these host names are country specific. For example .ru is from Russia, .cn is from China, .jp is from Japan, .tw is from Taiwan, .in is from India and .pk is from Pakistan.
Update: This story has now popped up on Zero Hedge’s radar.
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Georgia Confirms Homeland Security Attempted To Hack Election Database 10 Separate Times
Last week we noted a letter from Georgia Secretary of State, Brian Kemp, to the Department of Homeland Security questioning why someone with a DHS IP address (126.96.36.199) had attempted to hack into his state’s election database on November 15, 2016 at 8:43AM. Now, according to WSB-TV in Atlanta, we learn that Georgia’s election systems were actually the target of hacking by DHS on 10 separate occasions.
The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office now confirms 10 separate cyberattacks on its network were all traced back to U.S. Department of Homeland Security addresses.
In an exclusive interview, a visibly frustrated Secretary of State Brian Kemp confirmed the attacks of different levels on his agency’s network over the last 10 months. He says they all traced back to DHS internet provider addresses.
“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 told Channel 2’s Aaron Diamant his office’s cybersecurity vendor discovered the additional so-called vulnerability scans to his network’s firewall after a massive mid-November cyberattack triggered an internal investigation.
Meanwhile, Kemp pointed out that all of the attempted hackings occurred around critical registration and voting deadlines calling into question whether “somebody was trying to prove a point.”The Secretary of State’s Office manages Georgia’s elections, and most concerning for Kemp about the newly discovered scans is the timing.
The first one happened on Feb. 2, the day after Georgia’s voter registration deadline. The next one took place just days before the SEC primary. Another occurred in May, the day before the general primary, and then two more took place in November, the day before and the day of the presidential election.
“It makes you wonder if somebody was trying to prove a point,” Kemp said.
Of course, the Obama administration, a pillar of “transparency” for sure, has confirmed the attacks originated at the DHS but has refused to provide a straight story on why the attempted hackings occurred. Furious with the lack of answers, Kemp has now written a letter to the Trump administration asking for a formal review after his inauguration next month.Last week, the DHS confirmed the large Nov. 15 attack traced back to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection internet gateway. But Kemp says the DHS’ story about its source keeps changing.
“First it was an employee in Corpus Christi, and now it’s a contractor in Georgia,” Kemp said.
Unsatisfied with the response he got from DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson this week, Kemp fired off a letter Wednesday to loop in President-elect Donald Trump.
“We just need to ask the new administration to take a look at this and make sure that we get the truth the people of Georgia are deserving to know that and really demanding it,” Kemp said.
Kemp says several of those scans came around the same time he testified before Congress about his opposition to a federal plan to classify election systems as “critical infrastructure,” like power plants and financial systems.
As we’ve said before, despite all the media attention on “Russian hackers,” this cyberattack, originated from within our own Department of Homeland Security, is the only actual confirmed case of hacking related to the 2016 election.