GBI to investigate Secretary of State's hacking allegations
ATLANTA - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has told FOX 5 Atlanta that it will conduct an investigation into the allegations of hacking made by the Georgia Secretary of State's office.
A spokesperson for the GBI said that a request had been made to "investigate allegations of computer crimes related to the Secretary of State's website(s)."
The investigation will be conducted by the GBI's Georgia Cyber Crime Center.
This comes after the Georgia secretary of state's office, run by Republican candidate for governor Brian Kemp, says it has opened an investigation into the Democratic Party of Georgia over an attempted hack of the state's online voter database
The statement from Kemp's office says it is investigating the state Democratic Party in connection with the hacking attempt, but it offered no evidence and didn't specify allegations.
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The database that was the target of the alleged attempt will be used at polling places for Tuesday's election.
"While we cannot comment on the specifics of an ongoing investigation, I can confirm that the Democratic Party of Georgia is under investigation for possible cyber crimes," secretary of state spokeswoman Candice Broce said.
Democratic Party of Georgia executive director Rebecca DeHart called the claims "scurrilous" and "100 percent false".
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"This political stunt from Kemp just days before the election is yet another example of why he cannot be trusted and should not be overseeing an election in which he is also a candidate for governor," DeHart said.
Speaking to the press, Kemp said he was "not worried about how it looks."
"I’m doing my job, this is how we would handle any investigation when something like this comes up," he said. "Because I can assure you if I hadn’t done anything and the story came out that something was going on, you’d be going 'Why didn’t you act?'”
Elections-security advocates critical of Kemp say they have new evidence that Georgia's online registered voter database managed by his office is subject to hacking that could alter voters' information or remove them from the registered voter list altogether.
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Kemp's office says it notified federal officials. The FBI declined to comment.
Kemp's opponent, Democrat Stacey Abrams, has called him "an architect of voter suppression."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.