Russian Hack Update

The Secretary of State’s office met with DHS officials last week to discuss alleged intelligence reports that the Russian government attempted to “scan” (i.e. search for weaknesses or access points) in the statewide voter registration system in 2016. (Note: this meeting was intended to discuss alleged new information and was completely unrelated to why the Secretary of State’s office briefly shut down the statewide voter registration database in June 2016). Despite initial reports to the contrary, DHS could not confirm that any attempted Russian government attack occurred whatsoever to any election-related system in Arizona, much less the statewide voter registration database. Thus, while we will continue to forge a strong partnership with DHS on cybersecurity issues, we consider Arizona not to be one of the 21 states whose electoral systems were allegedly targeted by the Russian government in 2016.