Minnesota, Wisconsin among states whose election systems were targeted by hackers


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. He said that the system had recognized the IP addresses that were scanning the system and blocked them.

Minnesota was one of 21 states notified Friday of attempted Russian hacking.

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Cox says that even before Friday's notification, the state did not suspect that hackers had made any attempts to breach Utah elections systems.

Wisconsin Elections Commission administrator Michael Haas said the attempted hack had no effect on Wisconsin's systems or the outcome of the election.

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States that told The Associated Press they had been targeted include Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. And he says the Department of Homeland Security confirmed there was no breach or compromise of Wisconsin's data.

The disclosure to the states comes as a special counsel probes whether there was any coordination during the 2016 presidential campaign between Russian Federation and associates of President Donald Trump.

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The department is working with members of the National Association of Secretaries of State, as well as other chief election officials across the nation, to improve communication protocols regarding voting system security in the future, it said.