Wisconsin elections targeted by Russian hackers

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As of Friday afternoon, officials from at least Connecticut, Illinois, Washington and Wisconsin reported they had been notified of hacking attempts.

The Wisconsin Election Commission, for example, said the state's systems were targeted by "Russian government cyber actors".

Federal authorities were in contact with all 50 states and six US territories on Friday, Wyman said.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security confirmed Friday that the state of Maine's election systems were not targeted as part of a string of cyberintrusion attempts during the 2016 general election. "Scanning from outside entities is commonplace and happens every day, which is why I continue to believe the most serious challenge to the integrity of our election system is the threat of outside forces, including foreign governments, who seek to disrupt and undermine our elections".

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The department is working with members of the National Association of Secretaries of State, as well as other chief election officials across the nation, to improve communication protocols regarding voting system security in the future, it said.

"It's really reconnaissance by a bad guy to try and figure out how we would break into your computer", said Trevor Timmons, a spokesman for the Colorado secretary of state's office. "It's not a breach, it's not a penetration".

That sentiment, combined with the fact that DHS officials told Congress in June that it had no proof of actual successful vote tampering by the Russian government, suggests that while this is a big story, it's not a "Russia stole the election" story.

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