Kemp launches DHS petition as other states fail to find malicious intent

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Secretary of State Brian Kemp. AJC file/Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

Secretary of State Brian Kemp on Friday launched a petition on his campaign website to get Georgians to urge the Department of Homeland Security to “demand the truth” from the federal agency.

“We deserve answers and those responsible for these failed cyber hacks must be held responsible for their dangerous behavior,” Kemp, a likely candidate for governor in 2018, writes on the site.

The petition is the Republican’s latest effort to glean answers from Homeland Security after Kemp’s staff uncovered an apparent attempt to hack into Georgia’s election systems in November. The attempt was traced back to a Homeland Security computer. DHS has maintained that no attempt to hack took place and said a federal contractor in Brunswick was making legitimate use of the secretary of state’s website.

That explanation was bolstered this week when two other states reported the same DHS computer contacted their election websites, too. But, unlike Kemp, secretaries of state in Kentucky and West Virginia said they found no malicious behavior. 


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