Oklahoma election officials say the state is one of several in which Russian hackers attempted to infiltrate state election computer systems before last year's elections. The press release said the information was confirmed by the Department of Homeland Security.
State Election Commission spokesman Chris Whitmire said the Department of Homeland Security called officials in SC on Friday to tell them the state was not hacked. The security protocols we already have in place made us aware of these attempted intrusions by Russian IP addresses throughout the course of the 2016 election.
Homeland Security told Congress in June that 21 states were targeted during the 2016 presidential race, and that while a small number were breached, there was no evidence any votes were manipulated.
Trump won the election and calls the Russian Federation story a hoax.
The new dollars, approved unanimously by the Joint Budget Committee, will cover the cost to add a centralized risk management platform to protect and monitor who accesses the state's voter registration system, as well as upgrade the exciting firewalls to allow real-time threat intelligence.
"Colorado is considered by DHS to be on that list of 21 states that were impacted".
Ebel on Friday said he wasn't aware that the Secretary of State's Office had been communicating with federal agencies about suspected Russian hacker IP addresses.
Washington state uses the updated software and "best practices and security measures" to try to ensure honest elections, she said.