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Kemp: Trump administration should investigate DHS meddling in GA elections

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Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp looks out through a curtain while waiting for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, not pictured, to leave a speaking engagement ahead of this afternoon's convening of the Georgia Republican Convention. Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp looks out through a curtain while waiting for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, not pictured, to leave a speaking engagement ahead of this afternoon's convening of the Georgia Republican Convention.
ATLANTA (CBS46) -

Georgia's Secretary of State called in the big guns to investigate what he called a cyber attack by the US government on Georgia's election system.

On Twitter Tuesday, Brian Kemp tweeted at President Elect Donald Trump to investigate after his office found a computer at the Department of Homeland Security's website tried to penetrate the firewalls around the state's election system.

"Media should spend less time on Russia and more time covering DHS' failed cyber attacks in GA," Kemp tweeted, including the President-Elect's Twitter handle. "Please investigate as POTUS." 


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Meanwhile, Kentucky and West Virgina also said the same computer that Kemp believes tried to breach Georgia's election site, tried to access theirs.

After investigating, officials in those states said they found no malicious intent behind the access.

Still, Georgia officials said on Thursday, they continue to monitor Kemp's efforts. 

“While many questions have yet to be answered, the timeline offered by Brian Kemp offers new information to a complex situation that deserves the attention of both state and Department of Homeland Security offices,” said Georgia Congressman Doug Collins

DHS: Employee visited website for work

Meanwhile, the U.S. Homeland Security Department said they're closer to solving the mystery behind Kemp's suspicions.

In a letter addressed to Kemp, the DHS said the workstation behind the activity was that of a contractor of their Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Georgia, far removed from cybersecurity operations.

They said they interviewed the contractor, who said he'd visited the Georgia secretary of state's website for his work. But the employee's system was configured in a way that caused Georgia's security vendor to misinterpret the visit as a scan of its systems.

Here's an excerpt from the letter:

"As stated before, the contractor using your website is not one of our cybersecurity experts, nor were these inquiries made for the purpose of assessing or determining the security of your website. As we have explained to you and other state election officials, when DHS conducts a cybersecurity scan of a network or system, we do so only with the cooperation and consent of the system owner."

In a letter written on Dec. 8, Georgia Secretary of State Brian P. Kemp said a computer traced back to DHS tried unsuccessfully to penetrate the state office's firewall on Nov. 15, following the general election. 

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