Federal government notifies 21 states of election hacking

Russians tried to hack Washington state's elections. LOL fail.

Homeland Security officials tell the AP that in September hackers believed to be Russian agents targeted voter registration systems in more than 20 states.

"To them, it was a non-event, which is why at the time they didn't notify us about anything", McClellan said. He said that the system had recognized the IP addresses that were scanning the system and blocked them. But election officials in three states said Friday the attempts could be linked to Russian Federation.

He says the hackers were unable to find any vulnerability in the state system and "weren't able to get any kind of intrusion into anything".

Importantly, the voter registration system is not the same as the actual machines used to cast votes - and Matt Tait of cybersecurity firm Capital Alpha Security issued a warning to everyone now freaking out. Officials said there were some attempts to compromise networks but most were unsuccessful. Colorado said the hacking wasn't quite a breach.

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

A special counsel is investigating whether there was any coordination during the 2016 presidential campaign between Russian Federation and associates of President Donald Trump.

That sentiment, combined with the fact that DHS officials told Congress in June that it had no proof of actual successful vote tampering by the Russian government, suggests that while this is a big story, it's not a "Russia stole the election" story.

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