Remember the election cyberattacks last year? Former President Barack Obama’s Department of Homeland Security was quick to warn that our sacred electoral system was facing an imminent threat of cyberattack. Then bam! Arizona, Georgia, Indiana — one by one, state voting systems were getting hit.
The source of the attacks? Wait for it … DHS! Coming to the rescue? DHS, of course. It’s a tried-and-true formula. Create the crisis, inflate the crisis, abate the crisis. This is more commonly known as the arsonist-turned-fireman scenario.
In Indiana alone, where Vice President Mike Pence was then governor and vice president-elect, DHS officials attempted to hit the state voting system at least 14,800 times between Nov. 1 and Dec. 16, 2016, according to The Daily Caller. Indiana traced the attacks to a DHS computer’s IP address.
This is the same IP address, a unique cyber-fingerprint, that attempted to hack into the Georgia electoral system 10 times in 2016.
Pence kept his famous cool in refusing federal “help” when offered it. It appears from what we are learning that the federal government was “helping” enough already.
If you asked the feds, back in 2016 there was ample reason to take over state elections. In July, FBI officials told Yahoo News that Arizona’s and Illinois’ voter systems had been infiltrated “by the Russians,” who allegedly captured personal information about hundreds of thousands of voters.
In September, an “anonymous official” from the DHS told The Associated Press that 20 states’ systems had been hacked. FBI Director James Comey told the House Judiciary Committee that a variety of “scanning activities,” precursors to hacking, had been detected.
In January, in one of many 11th-hour Obama administration moves, the DHS made its play, announcing its intention to designate the U.S. electoral system as “critical infrastructure” sensitive to hacking, potentially opening the door to an eventual federal takeover.
Then-Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson explained at the time that the designation would apply to “storage facilities, polling places and centralized vote tabulations locations, voter registration databases, voting machines and other systems to manage the election process for federal, state and local governments,” according to TechCrunch.
Under President Donald Trump’s administration, the DHS has launched an investigation into why its own personnel hacked state election systems.
John Roth, DHS inspector general, notified Georgia Secretary of State John Kemp in a Jan. 17 letter that his office would be investigating the attempted Georgia hacks, according to another report from The Daily Caller.
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