Congressmen Demand Investigation into Department of Homeland Security Hacking Georgia’s Election Systems

DHS Hacks Georgia’s Election

While the media and the government are focused on the alleged ‘Russian Hacks’, of which numerous cyber security experts have called wildly inaccurate, Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Jody Hice (R-Ga.) are demanding answers to a hack that was perpetrated by the American government on the State of Georgia.

From Lifezette:

Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Jody Hice (R-Ga.) sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security Inspector General John Roth on Thursday demanding an official investigation into alleged attempts by DHS to hack Georgia’s firewall.

“We request you investigate Secretary Kemp’s allegations that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) conducted unauthorized scans of his office’s computer network,” the letter states.

Specifically, Chaffetz and Hice want Roth to investigate whether or not DHS “conduct[ed] an unauthorized scan of the Georgia Secretary of State’s computer network(s)? If so, who authorized the scan(s)? Has the Department conducted an unauthorized scan(s) of any other state’s systems?” and “if so, which states did DHS scan without authorization?”

A Capitol Hill staffer with knowledge of the motivations behind the letter confirmed that the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Secretary Kemp, and the Georgia congressional delegation are growing increasingly frustrated with how DHS has hitherto handled the case.

“Last month, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp wrote a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, in which he identified an ‘unsuccessful attempt to penetrate the Georgia Secretary of State’s firewall’ originating from a DHS-registered IP address,” the letter explains.


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