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Secretary of State John H. Merrill Releases Information Regarding Potential Breaches in State of Alabama Systems


September 22, 2017 - MONTGOMERY - Recent information has been presented to Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill regarding the potential system compromises due to Russian attempts at interference with the 2016 General Election. 

Over the course of the election season, the MS-ISAC's (Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center) Albert network monitoring service identified scanning activity from suspicious IP addresses against 21 states. In Alabama, DHS and MS-ISAC observed suspicious traffic from IP addresses on Alabama state networks, but those IP addresses were thwarted from conducting any successful breach.

In Alabama, DHS and the MS-ISAC observed suspicious traffic from IP addresses connected to election-related activity, but not necessarily to election-related activities in these states. This information shows Alabama's system protections  and preparations were successful in thwarting attempted hackers from breaching state networks and voting systems during the attacks.

"While it is encouraging that our efforts to protect Alabamians' data have proven to be successful, we must remain vigilant and prepared for the constantly evolving threats to our voting systems and the integrity of those processes. We will utilize every resource available to ensure we are protecting the data of all Alabamians," said Secretary Merrill.