Secretary of State Brian Kemp has asked federal officials to explain what appears to be an attempt by the U.S. Homeland Security Department to breach Georgia's voter registration database.
The claim comes after an IP address associated with federal agency attempted to penetrate the state’s firewall . David Dove, the chief of staff and legal counsel in the Secretary of State’s Office, said Thursday that the attempt was not successful. DHS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Kemp publicly questioned alarms raised by federal officials before the presidential election over the issue of election security.
Georgia was one of two states that did not accept federal help to secure its election-related systems, after the FBI’s cyber division warned states in August that it was investigating hacking-related incidents related to elections data systems in two states — believed to be Arizona and Illinois.