Current, former US officials detail Russian cyberattacks

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 23, 2017

Russian hackers targeted election systems in 21 U.S. states during last year's campaign, said a USA official.

While the Russian interference in the 2016 campaign has been known for months, it was the first time USA officials have said how many states' electoral systems were targeted.

"I think there needs to be more done to secure registration databases", he said.

"We have evidence of election-related systems in 21 states that were targeted", said Jeanette Manfra, acting deputy under secretary for cybersecurity and communications at DHS's National Protection and Programs Directorate.

"We do recognize that these systems are critical to American life", she said. He said DHS does not engage in vote recounts and there are others who have that responsibility.

"That means we basically can't lose anybody", the President said of the 52-48 Senate edge. "I am not in a position to know whether the successful Russian government-directed hacks of the DNC and elsewhere did in fact alter public opinion and thereby alter the outcome of the presidential election". Despite Manfra's opposition to name the states, intelligence agencies have published in the past that Arizona and IL were hacked before the election.

"But no votes were changed", Manfra said. When Donald Trump doesn't want to face reality, he calls facts conspiracies or hoaxes.

As reported, on January 6, the US Intelligence published a report accusing Russian Federation of involvement in hacker attacks to interfere in presidential elections.

A day earlier, Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said he still has yet to know the president's thoughts on whether Russian Federation interfered.

President Trump also tweeted that Johnson's testimony vindicated him of the claims that he or his campaign colluded with the Russian government. He shrugged and declined to comment. "That was the answer I got after I asked the question a number of times over the progression of time". Priestap reiterated that he believes Russia's broader efforts - which included "information warfare" and dissemination of fake news stories - will continue in future elections.

The committee met to explore the security of USA election systems as part of a broader investigation into Russian interference efforts. "And maybe there would have been more for you to report".

Obama Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testified Wednesday that he does not believe Russian hacking "altered or suppressed" votes in the 2016 election.

Johnson served as former President Barack Obama's homeland security chief for three years. "It just didn't get the attention that I would have preferred it get, because we were in the midst of a campaign where the press and the voters were focused on lots of other things, like 11-year-old videos".

Johnson describes his discussions with state election officials about ensuring the integrity of the voting process. He said state officials did not warm to the idea because some felt it was federal intervention in their systems.

"The Department of Homeland Security insists that no one hacked actual votes-but admits it never ran an audit to check", The Daily Beast reported on Tuesday.

"No, and I'm not sure I had the authority to do that".

"Former Homeland Security Adviser Jeh Johnson is latest top intelligence official to state there was no grand scheme between Trump & Russia".

- The Congressional Black Caucus was invited to the White House, but the group said it would not accept the invitation passing because Trump and his administration have, in its view, ignored the caucus and enacted policies that will hurt black communities.

"If you want to federalize elections in this country - good luck", said Johnson.

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