An investigation by Department of Homeland Security Inspector General John Roth is being conducted against the former Obama administration for hacking into the state governmental network of Georgia.
Among the sectors targeted in Georgia’s network was the state’s election system. Roth and federal officials are inquiring why the agency under the Obama administration violated protocol in its ten systematic attacks on the network.
Despite the fact that Georgia’s firewall system managed to halt each hack, Roth believes the hacking attempts were personally charged at vocal Obama critic, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, and his statements of disapproval over the former federal administration classifying local and state election machinery as federal “critical infrastructure.” Kemp had deemed this move as “political power play to federalize elections.”
Roth informed Kemp of the hacking attempts in a letter signed Jan. 17, stating he and officials were “investigating a series of ten alleged scanning events of the Georgia Secretary of State’s network that may have originated from DHS-affiliated IP addresses.”
Depending on Roth’s findings, former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, the policy pusher for federalizing election machinery, could be held accountable as the culprit behind the hacking. If he is found guilty of issuing federal cyber security resources to hack into a state election system, legal consequences could surmise. It would also leave a dark stain on the Obama administration.
In a Jan. 11 letter, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz tasked Roth in investigating the matter. “If these allegations are true, they implicate state sovereignty laws and various other constitutional issues, as well as federal and state criminal laws,” stated Chaffetz.
H/T: Daily Caller
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