Wisconsin elections targeted by Russian hackers

Washington. The FBI is warning state officials to boost their election security in light of evidence that hackers breached the election systems of a pair of states. The Aug. 18 2016

Homeland Security officials tell the AP that in September hackers believed to be Russian agents targeted voter registration systems in more than 20 states. DHS did not directly notify chief election officials of their states' status until Friday, according to a news release from the Maine Department of the Secretary of State.

Homeland Security told Congress in June that 21 states were targeted during the 2016 presidential race, and that while a small number were breached, there was no evidence any votes were manipulated.

IN got better news, with DHS reporting it had not detected any Russian attempts to hack into the state's voter registration systems, according to Valerie Warycha, deputy chief of staff for Secretary of State Connie Lawson. Wisconsin Elections Commission assistant administrator Meagan McCord Wolfe said in a memo to commission members that a draft security plan should be done in December with a final plan completed in early 2018.

The state Elections Commission said Homeland Security gave a description of the attempted hack.

Gov. Scott Walker, who this week vetoed funding to bolster the Elections Commission staff, did not immediately respond to a request for comment sent to his spokesman.

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One official administering the New Hampshire voting process recognized the system's failure to authenticate ballots. Senate race, Democratic challenger Maggie Hassan defeated Republican incumbent Kelly Ayotte by 1,017 votes.

Dean says the scan targeted the state's computer network generally, and not the election board network specifically.

Wisconsin was one of 21 states notified Friday of the attempted hacking. The president calls the story a hoax.

Trump won Wisconsin by fewer than 23,000 votes.

The challenges are particularly acute in Wisconsin, he said, where elections are not centrally run but instead handled locally by 1,853 municipal clerks. There is also a spring election in April where an open seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court will be filled.

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