A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta this week declined to comment further on the matter.
The inquiry, however, raised alarms over the security of the state’s election system despite assurances from the Secretary of State’s Office that it believed the researcher never penetrated the center’s core systems. Those systems represent the heart of its work in preparing electronic lists of voters for election officials statewide and maintaining the state’s more than 27,000 voting machines.
The researcher is believed to have contacted the center at least twice — including before last year's presidential election and around March 1 — to notify it about the server's vulnerabilities and apparently draw attention to them.
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp is said to have been furious at university officials for not telling his office about the contacts before last month.