Federal government: CT a target of election hacking

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Federal authorities have told officials in Washington that Russian hackers unsuccessfully tried to access election systems in the state prior to the 2016 general election.

State Election Commission spokesman Chris Whitmire said the Department of Homeland Security called officials in SC on Friday to tell them the state was not hacked.

Wisconsin Elections Commission administrator Michael Haas told RTV6's sister station WTMJ that Russian hackers had scanned the state's systems, but that there was no breach and no data had been compromised.

A spokesman for Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf said Friday that Pennsylvania was one of the 21 states targeted by the Russians.

Haas says he is seeking more information from Homeland Security.

"Our IT system has a firewall and when the scan came through, it recognized what was happening and stopped it from entering the system", he said.

"The security protocols we already have in place made us aware of these attempted intrusions by Russian IP addresses throughout the course of the 2016 election", Wyman said in statement.

The move comes as federal investigators, and the Senate Judiciary Committee, investigate Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election. After his win, Trump created a commission headed by Vice President Mike Pence to investigate voter fraud nationwide.

Meanwhile, the state is moving ahead with implementing a new election security plan by early 2018.

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