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New Mexico not targeted by Russian hackers in 2016 election

KOB.com Web Staff
September 22, 2017 07:14 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Russian hackers had nothing to do with the 2016 presidential election, at least in New Mexico.

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Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver said the U.S. Department of Homeland Security called elections officials in all 50 states Friday to provide information about Russians attempting to gain access to election networks.

Oliver said hackers tried to breach the networks in 21 states, but New Mexico was not one of those. There's also no evidence votes in those 21 states were affected.

"Fortunately, it appears that New Mexico was not one of the states targeted by Russian hackers last year," Toulouse Oliver said. “However, cybersecurity threats are still a major concern and should be handled with the utmost seriousness and attention to detail. My staff and I will continue cooperating with federal agencies and other states to maintain the integrity of New Mexico’s elections and protect the privacy of all voters. Election security is and always will be a top priority for me.”

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