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Oklahoma, Texas were targets of Russia election hackers

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma election officials say the state is one of several in which Russian hackers attempted to infiltrate state election computer systems before last year's elections.

Texas was also notified by the U.S.Department of Homeland Security Friday that it has been targeted.

Oklahoma Election Board spokesman Bryan Dean said both DHS and state cyber security experts say the attempt by Russian actors was a common form of surveillance scan looking for vulnerabilities in the state computer network. He says the hackers were unable to find any vulnerability in the state system and "weren't able to get any kind of intrusion into anything."

Dean says the scan targeted the state's computer network generally, and not the election board network specifically.

Other states said to have been probed by the Russians include Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oregon and Washington.

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