In November, President Obama said that, according to the DHS and the Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, no cyber attack proof was found.
But on Thursday, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp released a letter addressed to Johnson and asked for a logical reason why the DHS “tried to breach his office’s firewall,” according to Cyberscoop. Kemp and her office were in charge of overseeing the elections in Georgia.
Another cyber-security contractor in Georgia also noticed the cyber attack that failed on Nov. 15 and managed to find a lead back to the Southwest D.C. office of DHS.
“At no time has my office agreed to or permitted DHS to conduct penetration testing or security scans of our network,” Kemp’s letter read. “Moreover, your department has not contacted my office since this unsuccessful incident to alert us of any security event that would require testing or scanning of our network.
“This is especially odd and concerning since I serve on the Election Cyber Security Working Group that your office created,” he added.
Cyberscoop was told by a DHS spokesperson that this department had received the letter from Kemp and shall conduct a proper investigation.
The DHS’s worries about the cyber attack were unfounded to the factual threat.
Certain officials in the administration “now think our whole system is on the verge of disaster because some Russian’s going to tap into the voting system,” he said then.
Also, Kemp “got a lot of grief for that decision”, according to Kemp’s chief of staff, David Dove.
“We basically said we don’t need DHS’s help,” Dove said, pointing to the assistance the state already received from an unidentified third-party provider.
The Obama administration has been labeled as corrupted numerous times Kemp and many other individuals. So, this hacking attempt is no news, but is certainly concerning.