[Ed. – First we learned that the Obama administration never warned the states before the election in 2016 that the Russians were trying to attack their servers. Then we were told in June that the attacks had targeted 21 states. Then we were told in July that the attacks had possibly targeted 21 states. Then we were told in August that the states were never told about the attacks that targeted 21 states. Then we were told last week, in a breathless and incessantly flogged media flurry, that DHS had informed 21 states of the attempt to attack them, but declined to say which states were affected. Now we find out that, in at least one state, it wasn’t the voting-related website that came under attack at all. Moral of this story: there’s a propaganda theme being pushed. Resist.]
Five days after saying he had been told Russian hackers scanned the state’s main elections website for weaknesses in 2016, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said Wednesday that it turns out it didn’t actually happen that way.
Padilla said that his office was given incorrect information by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and that the Russian operation was instead focused on “scanning” the network of the state Department of Technology.
“Our notification from DHS last Friday was not only a year late, it also turned out to be bad information,” Padilla said in a statement.