Russian hackers successfully accessed voter registration rolls for 2016 elections, officials say

Marsha Scott
February 9, 2018

The Russian government successfully hacked into the voter rolls in a small number of U.S. states during the run-up to the 2016 election, it was revealed on Wednesday.

Jeanette Manfra, the DHS's head of cybersecurity, said that details still remain classified, but told NBC "We saw a targeting of 21 states and an exceptionally small number of them were actually successfully penetrated".

Jeanette Manfra was responsible for protecting American elections from hacking.

Duke said at a Senate hearing on DHS reauthorization that continuing resolutions lead to administrative burdens because they compel the department to make major spending decisions in the fourth quarter of the fiscal year when funding becomes more stable.

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

The Russians were probing the voter rolls for a variety of reasons.

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U.S officials stated that there was no evidence of registration rolls being altered. But there are concerns that states are not doing enough to protect their electoral systems for 2018 and 2020 elections.

Manfra disagrees saying "they have all taken it seriously".

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

The attempted intrusions were aimed at targeted online systems including registration databases, not the voting itself or tabulation machines used on Election Day. "There's pretty clear evidence that the Russians meddled".

Special counsel Robert Mueller has stepped up his investigation into possible collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russians in the election. "Foreign aggressions, including cyber attacks, disinformation and financial influence, should never be downplayed or tolerated", Bush said, according to CNN.

The U.S. intelligence community unanimously concluded after the election that Russian Federation meddled in the election in a deliberate effort to undermine American democracy and elect Donald Trump.

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