Alaska was unsuccessfully targeted by Russian Cyber Actors in 2016 election

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) Alaska’s Division of Elections Director confirmed Friday that Russian Cyber Actors made a failed attempt to access Alaska’s Voter Registration Database prior to the 2016 General Election.

“We were informed this morning by U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials that we were one of 21 states that possibly were the target of an unsuccessful Russian affiliated cyber incident in October 2016,” DOE Director Josie Bahnke said in a statement. “DHS asserts that efforts were unsuccessful and no election systems were compromised.”

DHS reported earlier this year that it had evidence of Russian activity in 21 states but it did not inform individual states whether they were among those targeted.

State officials in those states were contacted Friday by federal authorities about whether their election systems were among those targeted last year by Russian hackers, Alaska was one of them.

The Division of Elections said in a release that internet security protocols were followed by the State of Alaska successfully which protected the state’s system. It went on to say the attempted probe had no effect on Alaska’s Voter Registration and Election Management Database or outcome of the election.

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