A 1970s voting machine in Washington State. Try to hack that, Russia!
A 1970s voting machine in Washington State. Try to hack that, Russia! Seattle Municipal Archives

There's an alarming report today from Bloomberg that claims election systems in "four out of every five U.S. states" were targeted by Russian hackers during the 2016 election:

Details of the wave of attacks, in the summer and fall of 2016, were provided by three people with direct knowledge of the U.S. investigation into the matter. In all, the Russian hackers hit systems in a total of 39 states, one of them said.

Was Washington State's election system one of the targets of this Russian attack? According Tara Lee, spokesperson for Washington Governor Jay Inslee, the answer is no.

"While the Russians and many others are always running relatively simplistic probing we don’t believe Washington was one of the states targeted," Lee told The Stranger in an e-mail.

Lee continued:

We worked with Washington’s Secretary of State and coordinated with the feds in the form of MS-ISAC (Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center) before, during, and after the election to monitor all election systems we have visibility to. We focused on a variety of intrusions and Office of Cyber Security has no evidence, beyond the background noise of the internet, that we have been breached or even specifically targeted by the Russians or other state actors.