Feds tell state officials Russians tried to hack elections

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Maine's election systems were not targeted by attempted hackers during the 2016 election, according to a press release from the Maine Secretary of State.

"This afternoon I received a phone call from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security informing me of its determination that Minnesota was among 21 states targeted by entities acting at the behest of the Russian government leading up to the 2016 election", Simon wrote".

Dean says both DHS and state cyber security experts say the attempt by Russian actors was a common form of surveillance scan looking for vulnerabilities in the state computer network.

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DHS said earlier this year that the election systems of 21 states were targeted, but not inform those states until today.

Wisconsin Elections Commission administrator Michael Haas said the attempted hack had no effect on Wisconsin's systems or the outcome of the election.

As of Friday afternoon, officials from at least Connecticut, Illinois, Washington and Wisconsin reported they had been notified of hacking attempts.

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The new dollars, approved unanimously by the Joint Budget Committee, will cover the cost to add a centralized risk management platform to protect and monitor who accesses the state's voter registration system, as well as upgrade the exciting firewalls to allow real-time threat intelligence.

Also, amid concerns of Russian meddling in last fall's presidential election, the Wisconsin Elections Commission has created a security team and is assembling a formal security plan, with the goal of preventing security breaches.

The disclosure Friday comes as the commission was working on ramping up its security measures. That commission has requested information on voters from every state, including Wisconsin, and posed a series of questions about the security of elections in the state.

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The challenges are particularly acute in Wisconsin, he said, where elections are not centrally run but instead handled locally by 1,853 municipal clerks. Walker is expected to seek a third term and Democratic U.S. Sen.

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