Homeland Security says Wisconsin was target

Russian Hacker

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is reiterating that it believes 21 states were the target of Russian government hackers seeking vulnerabilities and access to the U.S. election infrastructure.

Homeland Security earlier Tuesday told Wisconsin election officials that the Russian government didn't scan the state's voter registration system, but was targeting a different agency.

But later Tuesday Homeland Security spokesman Scott McConnell told The Associated Press in a statement that "discussions of specific IP addresses do not provide a complete picture of potential targeting activity."

McConnell says the department stands by its assessment that 21 states were targeted. It told Wisconsin on Friday it was one of those states.

McConnell says it was providing additional information to states that had questions Tuesday.

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