Skip to comments.EXCLUSIVE: Obama’s Feds Tried to Hack Indiana’s Election System While Pence Was Governor
Posted on 02/21/2017 9:42:20 PM PST by TigerClaws
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials tried to hack Indianas state electoral system with at least 14,800 scans or hits between Nov. 1, 2016, to Dec. 16, 2016, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned.
The attacks are the second confirmed IT scanning assault by DHS officials against states that resisted then-President Barack Obamas attempt to increase federal involvement in state and local election systems by designating them as critical infrastructure for national security.
Members of the National Association of Secretaries of State voted Saturday at their winter meeting to oppose the designation. They are asking President Donald Trump to overturn it. (RELATED: State Officials Want Trump To Reverse Obamas Last-Minute Election Power Grab)
Former Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was also Trumps vice presidential-elect during much of the period covered by the DHS scans of the Indiana system.
Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson, the incoming president of the association, told TheDCNF Tuesday that, we know that between November 1 and December 16 we were scanned with about 14,800 scans, nearly 15,000 different times.
The states IT team traced the intruder to a DHS computers IP address. The same DHS unit attempted 10 times in 2016 to hack into the Georgia electoral system.
Federal officials are barred under DHS rules from trying to penetrate a state system without the express approval of the state. Neither Georgia nor Indiana approved the DHS scanning attempts.
The DHS inspector general has launched an official investigation into the Georgia breach attempt.
Thomas Vessely, IT director for the Indiana secretary of state, told TheDCNF that we kindly declined [DHS] assistance because we were very comfortable in the work we were doing in monitoring our election system.
Lawson said she always assumed it was because I was the incoming President of the National Association of Secretaries of State and because we declined their assistance.
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp told TheDCNF Jan. 24, 2016, he was suspicious because four of the 10 attacks against the Georgia election network occurred as he was about to talk to DHS officials, or coincided with his public testimony opposing the critical infrastructure designation.
Its certainly concerning about the dates, Kemp said.
Kemp hopes the IG can determine if the hacks were timed to intimidate him.
Lawson said despite the scale of the scans, the DHS efforts to attack its election system was unsuccessful. Our voter registration system was not penetrated.
She said there was one slight penetration on an (election) website that was actually old and out of date, so it didnt go anywhere.
Governmental deployment of IT technology could be an evolving new tool against political opponents or to impose censorship, according to James Scott, a senior fellow at the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology, a cybersecurity think tank.
Censorship has always been an issue in the brick-and-mortar world. So, censorship in the digital landscape is simply just transference of methods, Scott said. I think within federal agencies it is possible to imagine that there are some overreaching, aggressive managers.
Indiana officials have not yet asked the DHS IG to look at their states situation. Were taking the matter under consideration, Lawson said, adding that we have sent letters to our congressional folks, our governor, and others to make them aware this happened. Im very concerned, very concerned.
A DHS spokesman told TheDCNF that, we take the trust of our partners in the public and private sectors seriously and will work with them to address any concerns. DHS does not conduct scans of networks or systems without the cooperation and consent of the system owner.
Marc Lotter, a spokesman for Pence, told TheDCNF his boss personally knew Lawson while in Indiana and had complete confidence in her handling the attacks.
The VP has tremendous faith in the Secretary of State and knows its in good hands, said Marc. Hes sure she will handle it properly, he said.
Tried the same thing here in Georgia...
When are the arrests commencing?
A suspicious person might think they were exploring ways to get into state election systems for clandestined purposes.
So, what would such clandestined purposes be? To see if they could manipulate voting results by adding or substracting votes?
Then, there is election night when the major news outlets [online and broadcast] ceased releasing count updates to the public for several hours. During that interim they were looking for votes or ways to manipulate totals in select locations. When they realized they would have to show precincts with 120% to 130% voting for a certain candidate to push her over the top, they knew the jig was up.
That POS Jeh Johnson needs to be arrested and held without bail.
I'd say it's more likely that DHS intended the simple sequence
successful hack --> theft / corruption of election data --> "DHS has determined that somebody hacked State X's election computers -- this is why we need USG control of all states' election computers"
which is wholly a matter of DHS actions, than the more complicated sequence
unsuccessful hack --> detection / prevention --> inferred intimidation
which depends on specific actions by the state's computer people and the "correct" collateral conclusion by the state's computer people that they are now intimidated.
Something rotten is going on here, and Trump needs to put this on both the "Obama holdovers to be flushed out" list and the cybersecurity lists.
What was the purpose of the scans? Were they retrieving data, and if so, what was the data they were trying to take? Were they trying to erase or modify data? Obviously this was serious and intended to subvert the electoral process in certain states, but what was it supposed to accomplish exactly?
Lock them up!
It’s as if the Obama WH used the DHS and the CIA as weapons against Americans
They were idiots. Port scan a system from your IP if they hired you. Spoof your IP if they did not. Bet it was a bunch of muzzie script kiddies. McMorons on a bun with cheese, a moose and they bit your sisters beeber.
Idjiots. Busted too.
“used” = is using
Obama’s people are still in DHS and CIA. Trump needs to clean house. 5% cut with NEW HIRES axed first.
They tried to protect us, because our thoughts were not directed enough, by the MSM. /s
Agreed. The democrats have abused their power.
“When they realized they would have to show precincts with 120% to 130% voting for a certain candidate to push her over the top, they knew the jig was up.”
The Russians have infiltrated the DHS!!! ;)
Clandestine. There is no d.
Seems the only proven hacking of the election was done by DHS.....are they Russians? /s
Not as if....they did plus throw in the IRS
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