Russians tried to hack election systems of 21 states in 2016, officials say - 5:00 p.m. ET Sept. 22, 2017
MADISON, Wis. - Russians attempted to hack elections systems in 21 states in the run-up to last year's presidential election, officials said Friday.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security notified states of the attempted breaches on Friday, said Michael Haas, director of the Wisconsin Elections Commission. The attempt in Wisconsin was unsuccessful, he said.
Homeland Security officials said the effort was conducted by "Russian government cyber actors," according to Haas. He said he did not know which states other than Wisconsin were part of the hacking attempt.
According to the Associated Press, states that were targeted included some key political battlegrounds, such as Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.
The AP contacted every state election office to determine which ones had been informed that their election systems had been targeted. The others confirming were Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas and Washington.USA Today NetworkPatrick Marley and Jason Stein, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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