Back in December the story surfaced of an attempt by Obama’s Department of Homeland Security trying to hack the voting system of Georgia. Everyone suspects that Georgia was selected for embarrassment because the Secretary of State, Brian Kemp, was a vocal opponent to Jeh Johnson’s attempt to bring all state voting systems under federal control.
Now another instance has been revealed.
Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson, the incoming president of the association, told TheDCNF Tuesday that, “we know that between November 1 and December 16 we were scanned with about 14,800 scans, nearly 15,000 different times.”
The state’s IT team traced the intruder to a DHS computer’s IP address. The same DHS unit attempted 10 times in 2016 to hack into the Georgia electoral system.
Federal officials are barred under DHS rules from trying to penetrate a state system without the express approval of the state. Neither Georgia nor Indiana approved the DHS scanning attempts.
There were two reasons for the attack on Indiana’s voting system. The Indiana Secretary of State, Connie Lawson, opposed federal involvement in elections and was the incoming president of the national association for secretaries of state. Mike Pence was Donald Trump’s running mate. This, if not an attempt to outright influence election results by making voting security in Indiana a campaign issue, was definitely an another attempt to humiliate and silence critics of the federal power grab.
Right now the DHS IG is investigating the Georgia hacks. They should take on the Indiana case, too. And if two states were attacked, the odds are there were more. And DHS Secretary John Kelly needs to crucify everyone involved in this scheme from the lowest to the highest.
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