Georgia’s Secretary of State Brian Kemp has sent a hot letter to Jeh Johnson at DHS, demanding an explanation for their alleged attempted hacking of the Georgia Secretary’s website just days after the election.
The incident occurred on November 15, and the IP address of the breach attempt came back to what appeared to be the Department of Homeland Security. The Georgia Secretary of State is responsible for elections.
Not Russian hackers, DHS hackers?
The letter read in part,
“At no time has my office agreed to or permitted DHS to conduct penetration testing or security scans of our network. 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…
…attempting to gain access or exceeding authorized access to protected computer systems is illegal… ” Brian Kemp
Georgia was one of only a few states that refused the help of the DHS over alleged “Russian hacking.” According to officials, the state took “a lot of grief” over it.
In an interview with Politico, Kemp intimated that the federal government’s hacking fears were overblown, saying “they now think our whole system is on the verge of disaster because some Russian’s going to tap into the voting system.”
David Dove, Kemp’s chief of staff, told CyberScoop the Georgia secretary of state’s office “got a lot of grief” for refusing help from DHS.
“We basically said we don’t need DHS’s help,” because of the contract with the third-party provider, Dove said.
Alligators in the swamp
The fact is, DHS can’t prove that Russia hacked anything. But it is a narrative pushed heavily by the left in hopes that it would sway voters. Even Congress has bought it hook line and sinker with a new law against “foreign interference.” When the election went the other way for them, they threw ‘fifty shades’ of a fit.
Mr. Kemp posed four questions in his letter:
- Did your department in fact conduct this unauthorized scan?
- If so, who on your staff conducted this scan?
- Did your Department conduct this type of scan against any other states’ systems without authorization?
- If so, which states were scanned by the DHS without authorization?
The spokesman for the Department responded with “DHS takes the trust of our public and private sector partners seriously, and we will respond to Secretary Kemp directly.”