November 7, 2016 - Chamblee - Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp boards a plane Monday morning at Peachtree-DeKalb Airport, kicking off a statewide tour ahead Tuesday’s Election Day. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM
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Brian Kemp seeks Donald Trump's aid in alleged hacking

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp on Wednesday asked President-elect Donald Trump to investigate the Department of Homeland Security's apparent attempt to hack his office's computer system

In a letter to Trump, Kemp asked that the president-elect to act once he is sworn in to office in January. 

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Kemp said he is not satisfied with the response from current DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson. 

"Since contacting DHS with these concerns, we have collaborated with the agency and provided extensive, additional information," Kemp wrote. "Last night I received a letter from Secretary Johnson which lacked any specific information as to the attacks' intent or origin despite the fact that many questions remain unanswered."

Kemp's office detected what he called a "large attack on our system" in November. His staff was able to trace the alleged attacker back to the Department of Homeland Security. 

DHS has denied it tried to break through the state's computer firewall. An agency spokesman did not immediately return requests for comment Wednesday. 

DHS has said previously that it believes an employee was legitimately using databases on the Secretary of State's website and that the employee's computer was configured incorrectly. That configuration mistakenly made it look like the employee was trying to hack into Kemp's systems. 

In a letter to Kemp on Tuesday, Johnson blamed a Microsoft product for the error, but Kemp is not convinced. 

"The scenario DHS has proposed has still not been verified by Microsoft," Kemp wrote Johnson late Tuesday. "There are still many questions regarding the origin and intent of this attack that remain unanswered."

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