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Toulouse Oliver: No evidence Russians attempted to hack New Mexico election networks

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New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver said Friday there is no evidence New Mexico was targeted by Russian hackers in the 2016 elections.

According to Toulouse Oliver, the Department of Homeland Security said Russian hackers attempted to gain access to election networks in 21 states, but there is no evidence that any votes were affected. DHS is contacting the 21 states impacted to provide specifics on the breaches, she said.

DHS called senior election officials in all 50 states and six U.S. territories Friday to provide information about attempts by Russians to gain access to various election networks around the country during the 2016 election, presumably with the goal of swaying election results in the favor of current President Donald Trump, Toulouse Oliver said.

 “Fortunately, it appears that New Mexico was not one of the states targeted by Russian hackers last year,” said Secretary of State Toulouse Oliver. “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.”