Russian Hackers Had Successfully Breached American Voter Systems: U.S Official Confirms
CyberSecurity officials has told to NBC news,
"We saw a targeting of 21 states — and an exceptionally small number of them were actually successfully penetrated," Jeanette Manfra, the head of cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security. She declined to go into detail.
I would say they have all taken it seriously," she saidManfra said she stands by the list, but also called it a "snapshot in time with the visibility that the department had at that time."
Jeh Johnson, DHS secretary during the 2016 presidential election, told NBC, "We were able to determine that the scanning and probing of voter registration databases was coming from the Russian government." He called the hacks a "wake-up call," and said he was now worried that a lot of states have done little to nothing "to harden their cybersecurity."
But Manfra told The Hill in a recent interview that, while she is unaware of any credible targeting efforts related to the 2018 midterm elections, she remains worried about the threat.
“I will always be worried about it and it is always something that entities are going to look to influence our democratic processes,” she said. “As a country, we should be in a position to counter that.”
Former president George W. Bush said that “there’s pretty clear evidence that the Russians meddled” in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, during a speech in Abu Dhabi Thursday.