Wisconsin, 20 other USA states targeted by Russian hackers in 2016 election

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23 September, 2017

The Indiana Secretary of State's Office says Indiana was not one of 21 states targeted by Russian hacking attempts during the 2016 election.

The Wolf administration says neither it nor the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has any evidence of a breach of the state's election systems, however.

When asked by The Seattle Times in June whether Washington state was targeted in any way, Erich Ebel, a spokesman for the office, said, "We have no confirmed reports of our system being compromised and we don't expect any".

"According to Homeland Security, we were not attacked, probed, breached, infiltrated or penetrated", Secretary of State Wayne Williams said.

President Donald Trump on Friday called allegations of Russian election meddling a "hoax", and insisted the media was the "greatest influence" on the 2016 campaign.

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"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. "This was a scan and many computer systems are regularly scanned".

Trump won the election and has called the Russian Federation story a hoax.

Wisconsin Elections Commission assistant administrator Meagan McCord Wolfe says the state is creating the security planning team to prepare for 2018 and in response to the ongoing national conversation about election security.

The challenges are particularly acute in Wisconsin, Haas said earlier Friday, where elections are not centrally run but instead handled locally by 1,853 municipal clerks.

The election for U.S. Senate and governor tops the November 2018 ballot in Wisconsin, but there are dozens of other local races to be decided.


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