Homeland Security Georgia Hack: Rogue Employee?

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At a meeting with Congress on Friday, The Department of Homeland Security said a possible “rogue employee” may be to blame for the November hack-attack that targeted the Georgia Secretary of State’s election system.

Lifezette said that on Friday afternoon DHS initiated a conference call with members of Georgia’s congressional delegation to discuss the cyber-attack.

The emergency call with the Georgia delegation came in response to a strongly worded letter sent by Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Thursday, which the entire Georgia delegation to Congress was copied. When the Georgia Election system was hacked in November, the hack was traced back to the Dept. of Homeland Security.

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In his letter Kemp wrote, “I’m am writing you to ask whether DHS was aware of this attempt and, if so, why DHS was attempting to breach our firewall.”

DHS officials said there were two possible explanations for the hack. “Either a malicious third-party mirrored the DHS IP address linked to the hack — or someone within the department executed the attempted infiltration without authorization.”

Some are speculating that the attack itself could have been an attempt to search for vulnerabilities in Georgia’s firewall.

A congressional aide described the nature of the cyber-attack to as like “trying to get into a car by trying all the doors, or trying to open all the windows of a house.”

The aide also said there is a lot of skepticism about the department’s innocence in the attempted breach.

“There’s a lot of mistrust at the moment.”

The DHS is investigating all scenarios.

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