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|LOS ANGELES nike air max ale , Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Friday notified the chief election officer or secretaries of state in 21 states that hackers targeted their states' election systems before last year's U.S. presidential election.
The notification came roughly a full year after ABC News reported that "more than 20" states' had been targeted.
"Hackers working on behalf of the Russian government are suspected in the onslaught against more than 20 state election systems, according to sources with knowledge of the matter," ABC News reported in September last year.
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"It is completely unacceptable that it has taken DHS over a year to inform our office of Russian scanning of our systems, despite our repeated requests for information," California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said Friday in a statement.
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Some of the election officials who were informed by DHS said Friday the hacking attempts could be linked to Russia, for example, targeted by "Russian cyber actors."
Alaska Elections Division Director Josie Bahnke said computers in Russia were scanning election systems looking for vulnerabilities.
Federal officials said that in most of the 21 states, the targeting was preparatory activity such as scanning computer systems, according to local media reports.
"Scanning is an unauthorized attempt to identify weaknesses in a computer or network -- akin to a burglar looking for unlocked doors in a house adidas human race kengät ," said Padilla.
In most cases, states said they were told the systems were not breached. Illinois reported that hackers had succeeded in breaching its voter systems.
"There are constant attempts by bad actors to hack our systems," Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate, a Republican, said in a statement. "But we continue to deflect those attempts."
In a letter sent to Admiral Michael S. Rogers of the National Security Agency (NSA) earlier this year in June adidas nmd r2 kengät , Padilla said he had expressed serious concern about NSA's failure to provide timely and critical information to America's elections officials.
"We shouldn't have to learn about potential threats from leaked NSA documents or media reports. It is the intelligence community's responsibility to inform elections officials of any potential threats to our elections. They failed in this responsibility," said Padilla.
Earlier this year, a leaked NSA report outlined a Russian effort to hack into devices made by a Florida-based voting software company, according to the Los Angeles Times.
DHS testified earlier this year before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee that "the owners of the systems within those 21 states have been notified," said Padilla adidas nmd city sock , who thought "this was simply not true and DHS acknowledged they failed to contact us and 'two or three' other states."
U.S. President Donald Trump, a Republican who defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in the presidential election, has called the Russia story a hoax.
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HOUSTON， May 11 (Xinhua) -- After a three-year investigation， U.S. officials Wednesday said the April 2013 explosion at a fertilizer plant that killed 15 people in the central Texas city of West was a criminal act.
According to local TV station KHOU， officials of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol， Tobacco， Firearms and Explosives (ATF) said at a press conference that the fire that sparked an explosion at the fertilizer plant was intentional.
No arrests have been made so far， ATF special agent Robert Elder said， adding that the ATF is now offering a reward of up to 50，000 U.S. dollars for information that leads to an arrest in the case.
Elder said that investigators came to the conclusion after rulling out other reasonable causes， but he didn't release specifics nor a motive. Apart from arson， inspectors had previously cited faulty electrical wiring and a short circuit in a golf cart stored at the plant as possible causes.
"We have come to this conclusion through over 400 interviews， a systematic fire scene examination， considering witness observations， viewing both witness photographs and video， as well as extensive scientific testing" at the ATF laboratory in Maryland， Elder said.
Evidence was collected from as far away as four kilometers from the fertilizer plant， Elder said， adding that those who are responsible for the explosion will be caught and brought to justice.
On April 17， 2013， a large explosion occured around 20 minutes after a fire was spotted at the fertilizer plant. Fifteen people were killed， including 12 first responders. Another 160 people were injured and at least 500 houses were destroyed. The explosion caused about 100 million dollars in property damage， according to the Texas Department of Insurance.
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