Yesterday (9/21/2017), I asked Iowa’s Director of Homeland Security if Iowa was one of the 21 states supposedly hacked by the Russians during the 2016 national election. The Director would neither confirm nor deny that Iowa was hacked. I tweeted about my exchange with the Director.
Today (9/22/2017), I received a non-confidential public record – the email below – assuring me and my fellow county auditors that Iowa’s election system was not hacked. Did the Feds really take ten (10) months to tell the Iowa Secretary of State that we were not hacked?
The timing of the email below versus my questions yesterday make me a little suspicious. I am glad to finally get an answer in writing, but do you believe in coincidences? – Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor
From: Olson, Carol [SOS] [mailto:Carol.Olson@sos.iowa.gov]
Sent: Friday, September 22, 2017 3:54 PM
To: Iowa’s County Auditors
Subject: Security Update from DHS re Iowa Elections
Secretary Pate requested that I provide you this information.
Following months of requests from chief state election officials, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) finally today called all 56 U.S. jurisdictions to provide one-on-one notification on the status of security scans on their election systems. I am pleased to report to you that DHS affirmed that there has been no unauthorized intrusion, no “breach,” into any Iowa election system.
IVoters remains secure, as is the remainder of Iowa’s election and voter registration systems.
Please be aware that malicious actors continually scan public facing internet sites for opportunities to “break in.” Iowa has, and certainly will continue to be, the target of such scans. While we remain ever vigilant, we are also very confident that our systems are secure from malicious actors.
Have a great weekend.
Carol Olson –
Deputy Secretary of State
Office of Iowa Secretary of State Paul D. Pate