After Donald Trump won the election, the Democrats have claimed that the election machines were hacked. However, based on new information, their investigation into hacking should be directed at the White House.
This Thursday the Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp issued a letter to the Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson asking for an explanation as to why the DHS “tried to breach his office’s firewall,” as per Cyber Scoop. It looks like it’s time to send some Obama employees to jail!
A third-party cyber-security contractor detected the November 15 hack attempt and traced it to the Southwest Washington DC office of the Department of Homeland Security. Brian Kemp was then alerted of the hack attempt.
“At no time has my office agreed to or permitted DHS to conduct penetration testing or security scans of our network,” Kemp’s said in his letter. You would think there would be some kind of agreement process for a state to open its systems to hack attempts by the federal government.
Previously, the Secretary of Homeland Security stated that there is no evidence of a significant cyber attack on election day. Apparently they failed to mention their own attack.
If the Department of Homeland Security is about to announce they were only testing the system, well, Kent has already pointed out why any such claim would be illogical. In the letter, Kent states, “Moreover, your department has not contacted my office since this unsuccessful incident to alert us of any security event that would require testing or scanning of our network.”
You’d think they would alert the Georgian Secretary of State of the results of any test-hack they performed on his system? Besides, Kemp has already refused assistance from DHS concerning security for the elections. He argues that his third-party security provider is sufficient, and it seems he was right to deny Homeland Security’s offer of help.
A spokesperson for the DHS confirmed that they received Kemp’s letter and would be investigating the matter. However, I wouldn’t hold my breath for them to admit that they hacked anything. Some believe that the administration is attempting to federalize the election process and use the allegedly Russian hacking as a scare tactic to do so.
If that is the case, it would make sense that the Obama administration was attempting to hack into state voting systems, to make the argument that the security provided by the state is weak, and therefore they should except the federal government’s assistance in the matter.
We doubt that President-Elect Trump would agree with this, as his platform is about rejecting the establishment, not giving it more power. He’s also advocated for states’ rights in many matters.
There is no evidence at all that the Russians hacked the election results. If this were an individual who hacked a state computer, they would be thrown in jail for decades. I guess if you’re with the federal government you are told the law doesn’t apply to you.