The Russian government successfully hacked into the voter rolls in a small number of USA states during the run-up to the 2016 election, it was revealed on Wednesday.
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. Last year, Twitter, Facebook and Google testified before U.S. Congress on how the Russian government manipulated public opinion leading up to and during the election.
She declined to go into further detail about the classified information but said there was "no doubt" the Russian government was behind the attacks.
The Russians were probing the voter rolls for a variety of reasons.
US officials have said there is no evidence that any states' voter registration rolls were tampered with or at all altered by the foreign intrusions.
"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.
In January of 2017, Johnson said that the USA electoral systems should be a priority for the government to protect.
Being that Trump won the election by less than 90,000 votes in three states, it wouldn't take much Russian meddling in a few states to change the outcome of the presidential election.
Manfra disagreed, claiming that "they have all taken it seriously".
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.
A special counsel was appointed shortly after to look into possible collusion between the Trump camp and Moscow.
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