If voter fraud wasn’t enough of a concern already, Georgia’s secretary of state said Thursday that an attempted hack of the state’s voter registration database originated from an IP address linked to the Department of Homeland Security:
The allegation by Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp is one of the more bizarre charges to come up in the recent spate of alarms about voting-system hacks. He said in a Facebook post on Thursday that he had been made aware of the failed attempt to breach the firewall protecting Georgia’s voter registration database. The attack was traced to an Internet Protocol address associated with DHS, he said.
“This morning I sent a letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson demanding to know why,” he said in the post.
DHS said in a public statement that they’re “looking into the matter” and “will respond to Secretary Kemp directly.”
Prior to the election, DHS offered to conduct remote “cyber hygiene scans” of state election systems to help identify any vulnerabilities. However, Kemp made it clear in his letter to DHS that he did not agree to any scans: “At no time has my office agreed to or permitted DHS to conduct penetration testing or security scans of our network.”
Further, the attempted hack on Georgia’s voter registration system occurred on Nov. 15, well after the election.
Donald Trump won Georgia by just 211,141 votes. More than enough to avoid a recount, but perhaps not more than enough to keep a pissed off federal employee from breaking the law.