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DHS: Russia Penetrated Voter Registration Rolls in 2016 Presidential Election

DHS Cyber Chief Confirms Russia 'Successfully Penetrated' Some US Voter Systems But DHS: Russia Penetrated Voter Registration Rolls in 2016 Presidential Election
Melinda Barton | 09 February, 2018, 02:04

Russians penetrated voter registration rolls in several states before the 2016 presidential election, according to a US official charged with protecting American elections from hackers.

Jeannette Manfra, the head of cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security, told NBC News Thursday that Russian Federation targeted 21 states and managed to actually penetrate "an exceptionally small number of them" in an interview published Thursday.

Jeh Johnson, the DHS secretary during the election, told NBC that "We were able to determine that the scanning and probing of voter registration databases was coming from the Russian government".

Which is more or less exactly what Manfra said in the NBC interview.

Other states said the federal government has not shared much information on the attacks with them.

USA officials told NBC that there is no evidence that any of the rolls were altered. Critical infrastructure are things like power grids that the federal government is given a duty to protect in the national interest. The department informed the states about the attempted hacks, including in Arizona, Illinois, Alabama, California, Colorado, Wisconsin and Florida, which have confirmed they were targeted.

Manfra disagreed, claiming that "they have all taken it seriously".

Tillerson also said he believed Russian Federation was already attempting to tamper in the 2018 midterm elections.

"It's problematic that a foreign nation is involved in our election system because democracy is only as good as the people trust in results", Bush said, according to The Independent. "Whether they affected the outcome (of the election) is another question, but they meddled, and that's unsafe for democracy".

Special counsel Robert Mueller, meanwhile, is looking into possible collusion between Trump's campaign and the Russians.

President Donald Trump has vehemently denied the White House colluded with Russian Federation in any way.