McNamara went on to say the agency was “deeply concerned” and continues to investigate.
An employee with DHS was using licensing databases on the Secretary of State’s website to verify an individual’s background, the agency claimed. Federal officials told Kemp that they believe the employee’s computer was incorrectly set up so that a legitimate visit to the website inadvertently set off alarms.
Last week's contrempts follow a dispute this summer between the state and federal agencies. The FBI encouraged states in August to allow it to test their election security systems, an invitation Kemp declined. Georgia was one of two states to refuse as Kemp sought to reassure voters the state's system was well protected.
The FBI's cyber division had 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. A month later, state officials said Georgia was not one of 20 states that had voter registration systems targeted in recent months by hackers.
That claim came after FBI Director James Comey told House Judiciary Committee members that his agency has detected a variety of “scanning activities” related to election systems in the United States.