In mid-January, the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office traced 10 separate cyberattacks on its network back to U.S. Department of Homeland Security addresses. The tactic by the DHS was an attempt to bully Secretary of State Brian Kemp after Georgia’s voting registration deadline and after he testified before Congress about his opposition to a federal plan to classify election systems as “critical infrastructure,” like power plants and financial systems. Kemp asserted that Georgia’s state-run election systems are already secure and didn’t think the feds should be involved. Evidently, the feds wanted to send a message from Big Brother.
The crime is finally being investigated.
From The Daily Caller
Federal officials have launched an investigation into why the Department of Homeland Security hacked into the Georgia state governmental network, including its election system, The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group has learned.
John Roth, inspector general for DHS, wants to know why the agency broke protocol on its way to 10 unprecedented attacks on the system overseen by Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp — who is also one of the most vocal critics about the Obama administration’s attempt to designate local and state election machinery as part of federal “critical infrastructure.”
A Jan. 17 letter from Roth notified Kemp his office was officially “investigating a series of ten alleged scanning events of the Georgia Secretary of State’s network that may have originated from DHS-affiliated IP addresses.” A firewall in Georgia’s system thwarted each attempt.
Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson and Kemp have clashed over a federal government designation of election systems as “critical infrastructure.” Kemp called it “political power play to federalize elections.”
Johnson sparked a firestorm among state-level secretaries of state — Democrat and Republican alike — when he announced Jan. 6, two weeks before leaving office, that he was unilaterally issuing the designation.
If Roth’s investigation shows Johnson or his subordinates deliberately used federal cybersecurity resources to penetrate a state election system in order to pressure a state official over a policy dispute, it could represent a significant scandal for Johnson and for the outgoing Obama administration.
……Georgian IT specialists traced 10 such scans back to a DHS IP address. DHS officials confirmed the attacks came from an unnamed contractor attached to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia, a part of DHS.
……Title 18 of the federal code makes it a federal crime to “having knowingly accessed a computer without authorization” and to damage or impair the integrity or availability of data, a program, a system, or information. The penalty could be a fine and up to 20 years for each offense.
There’s numerous incidents where the Obama regime used federal agencies in an attempt to intimidate opponents.
Sharyl Attkisson, a former reporter for CBS, was harassed by the DOJ and had her computers hacked into because she dared to ask serious questions about Fast and Furious and Benghazi.
Leaked emails obtained by Judicial Watch disclosed that former United States Department of Justice (DOJ) Spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler told White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz about how “out of control” Attkisson has been in covering Fast and Furious; Schmaler intended on contacting her editor and host of CBS’s Face The Nation, Bob Schieffer.
Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder also went after Fox News’ James Rosen because he’s one of the investigative reporters who won’t hold back criticism. Holder signed off on the warrant for James Rosen’s emails, then proceeded to lie about it—under oath— during his Congressional testimony. The very same month the DOJ started its probe of James Rosen, Obama’s war on Fox News began.
As a matter of fact, Obama placed restrictions on who and what got investigated by the very watchdog group that oversees and conducts the investigations. He created The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board — the RAT Board, which was supposed to oversee the in-house watchdogs, known as inspectors general, whose job is to independently investigate allegations of wrongdoing at various federal agencies, without fear of interference by political appointees or the White House. In other words he formed a type of government intimidation squad to strong arm the IG incase they decided to investigate his own regime.
All of the members of Obama’s regime need to be investigated, including Hillary, Holder, Lerner, Koskinen, and especially Obama himself. They all used their political office as a conduit for corruption, and violations of the law and the U.S. Constitution.
If there was any real justice, they’d all be indicted.