"We are very confident in the security of our elections systems here in ME, and pleased to finally have confirmation that we were not among the 21 states that were targeted in 2016", Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said in a statement. Wisconsin Elections Commission administrator Michael Haas says the attempted hack had no effect on Wisconsin's systems or the outcome of the election.
Secretary of State Kim Wyman said in a statement that the Department of Homeland security informed her office Friday of the attempted breach, of which state officials had already been aware.
Elections officials say Russian hackers targeting election systems across the United States past year skipped North Carolina with their cyberattacks.
Rosenberg says state officials were aware of the scan at the time it occurred but were not aware that Russian Federation was involved until they were told by DHS. The majority of the efforts found by DHS were scanning, but not breaches, and the officials stressed that there was "no evidence of any impact to voting anywhere", the news release said. He said hacking attempts are not uncommon.
States that told The Associated Press they had been targeted include Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
Trump won the election and has called the Russian Federation story a hoax.