Want to Know Who’s Hacking State Voter Databases? Maybe DHS

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Jill Stein’s relentless quest to recount three battleground states (WI, MI, and PA), that went for Donald Trump is based in part on reports of alleged hacks of apparently unrelated entities. These incidents included attacks on the election databases of Arizona and Illinois.

NBC News reported on August 30, 2016 that unnamed “US intelligence officials” told them “hackers based in Russia” were behind recent attempts “to breach state voter registration databases.” One official told NBC News that “the attacks have been attributed to Russian intelligence agencies,” said NBC.

“The breaches included the theft of data from as many as 200,000 voter records in Illinois,” said NBC.

The day before, Yahoo News revealed that the FBI had determined foreign hackers were responsible for the two incidents. In August, the agency released a “flash” alert from its cyber division, titled “Targeting Activity Against State Board of Election Systems.” Yahoo said “the alert, labeled as restricted for ‘NEED TO KNOW recipients,’ disclosed that the bureau was investigating cyber-intrusions against two state election websites this summer, including one that resulted in the ‘exfiltration,’ or theft, of voter registration data.”

Rich Barger, chief intelligence officer for ThreatConnect, a cybersecurity firm, reviewed the FBI alert for Yahoo News, saying “one of the IP addresses listed in the FBI alert has surfaced before in Russian criminal underground hacker forums,” and that the type of cyber-tools used “appears to resemble methods used in other suspected Russian state-sponsored cyberattacks.”

Ken Menzel, the general counsel of the Illinois Board of Elections, said the FBI told him “the perpetrators were believed to be foreign hackers, although they were not identified by country” and that “The bureau was looking at a “possible link” to the recent highly publicized attack on the Democratic National Committee and other political organizations.” The latter could refer to a massive e-mail hack of Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, John Podesta, which was released on the internet by WikiLeaks.

Yahoo adds that “the hackers could also have been common cybercriminals hoping to steal personal data on state voters for fraudulent purposes, such as obtaining bogus tax refunds,” according to “other experts.”

Yahoo News also reported that Jeh Johnson, head of the Department of Homeland Security had “conven[ed] a conference call with state election officials on Aug. 15, in which he offered his department’s help to make state voting systems more secure, including providing federal cybersecurity experts to scan for vulnerabilities.” He warned them to “guard against potential intrusions by taking basic precautionary steps, such as ensuring that electronic voting machines are not connected to the Internet while voting is taking place.”

None of the three states targeted by Jill Stein for recounts use machines connected to the Internet.

One of NBC’s unnamed “officials” supposedly added that “’there is serious concern’ that the Kremlin may be seeking to sow uncertainty in the U.S. presidential election process.”

But only Jill Stein and her accomplices appear to be sowing that uncertainty.

One of Stein’s cohorts in her recount saga is J. Alex Halderman, Professor of Computer Science at University of Michigan. Writing on medium.com, he cited all the incidents reported above as indications there could have been a hack of our voting system and urged recounts of Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania just to make sure there wasn’t a hack of their elections. These three states went for Trump, and if the election results of all were reversed, it would hand the election to Hillary Clinton. But Stein denies that is why they were singled out.

Halderman links to a joint statement from Jeh Johnson’s DHS and the Director of National Intelligence that definitively asserts, “The U.S. Intelligence Community is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations.” And that, “These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the US election process.” This statement is often cited as “proof” the Russians were behind the hacks, and by extension could have hacked elections too.

The Director of National Intelligence is James Clapper, who—in one of history’s most bald-faced lies—once backed the Obama Admin’s whitewash of the Muslim Brotherhood, by saying the MB is “largely secular.”

How credible is Jeh Johnson, head of DHS? He is the man charged with protecting us from jihadists. Yet, on September 3, 2016 he addressed the annual conference of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), which was listed in the Muslim Brotherhood’s “Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America,” as one of “organizations of our friends.” That “strategic goal” was to destroy America from within. Discover the Networks says of ISNA: “Enforces extremist Wahhabi theological writ in America’s mosques.”

The latest news is, a week after the election, someone in DHS apparently tried to hack the area of Georgia’s computer system that contains its voter registration database.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the intrusion “was detected by a third-party security firm working for the state of Georgia.” During the pre-election frenzy over the possible hacking of our election system, Georgia was one of the few states that rejected assistance from the DHS. It cited concerns over state sovereignty.

Zero Hedge’s Tyler Durden writes: “The attempted intrusion occurred on November 15, 2016 at 8:43AM and came from an IP address associated with DHS (216.81.81.80).” Georgia’s Secretary of State Brian Kemp, a Republican, wrote in a letter to Jeh Johnson:

“At no time has my office agreed to or permitted DHS to conduct penetration testing or security scans of our network,” and noted that such an intrusion was a violation of law. His letter can be viewed here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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